London transport reverses Emirates Airline deal that included Israeli exclusion

( Greater London’s major government-owned transportation body has reversed its agreement to refuse business ties with Israel or any Israeli companies in exchange for a 10-year, £36 million sponsorship deal with Emirates Airline for a railway car running over the Thames river.

Click photo to download. Caption: The Transport of London has agreed to refuse business ties with Israel in exchange for a sponsorship deal with Emirates Airline.

Thankfully, this oversight has not had any lasting effect on the important trading relationship between the UK and Israel. I firmly support a strong and mutually profitable trading relationship between the two democracies,” Paul Charney, Chairman of Zionist Federation UK, said in a statement Wednesday.

The United Arab Emirates has no diplomatic relations with Israel. On Monday, Transport for London (TfL) posted the contract with Emirates Airline online. The contract stated that the company will default on the agreement if it engages with “(i) any Competitor; or (ii) any person who is a national of, or who is registered, incorporated, established or whose principal place of business is in a country with which the United Arab Emirates does not at the date of this Contract or at any relevant point during the Term maintain diplomatic relations.”

Before it was canceled, the Zionist Federation's Charney had said the deal “sets a dangerous precedent effectively allowing UAE money to dictate government policy through commercial contracts.” On Wednesday, Charney said, “I am pleased to report that following swift public outcry and a ZF chairman’s statement, the Israeli exclusion condition agreed between Emirates Airlines, the UAE official airline, and TfL has since been removed.

We must remain vigilant against any back-door attempts to boycott Israel in the UK,” he said.

Posted on July 16, 2013 .