Brussels Airlines removes Israeli-made halva after BDS activist complains


( Brussels Airlines has stopped serving Israeli-made halva on flights after a complaint was launched by a Palestinian activist.

The Palestinian Solidarity Movement activist was traveling from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport to Brussels when he noticed the dessert being served was made by the Ahva brand. He informed other activists about the product and they complained to the airline who conceded to their request.

Halva. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The treat is made in the Barkan industrial park in the West Bank, an area the anti-Israel group calls “illegally occupied territory.”

After the public tweeted their shock over the decision, Brussels Airlines tweeted back they "have stopped serving that product on our flights as it was not what we had ordered."

A Brussels Airlines spokesperson denied reports that the company intentionally boycotting the Israeli-made product.

"The customer who came to us with the complaint brought to our attention that the aforementioned dessert is a controversial product," spokesperson Kim Daenen told Yediot Ahronot. "As a company which serves an international audience full of people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, it is our responsibility to present products which will be amicable to all, and therefore, we decided to change desserts."

Posted on August 24, 2016 .