Delta apologizes after official X account says ‘I’d be terrified’ of employees with Palestinian flag pins

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Delta Airlines apologized connected Thursday aft nan company's X relationship sympathized pinch a station that incorrectly said 2 formation attendants pinch Palestinian emblem pins were wearing "Hamas badges."

An X personification by nan grip “ilikeTeslas” had tweeted Tuesday: “Since 2001 we return our shoes disconnected successful each airdrome because a violent onslaught successful US soil. Now ideate getting into a @Delta formation and seeing workers pinch Hamas badges successful nan air. What do you do?” 

“I perceive you arsenic I’d beryllium terrified arsenic well, personally,” nan Delta Air Lines X relationship replied Wednesday. “Our labor bespeak our civilization and we do not return it lightly erstwhile our argumentation is not being followed,” nan tweet continued.

That consequence was later deleted.

The Council connected American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), nan nation’s largest Muslim defense organization, slammed nan hose for nan “racist anti-Palestinian tweet” and demanded an apology, and a amended acquisition of staffers. 

On Thursday, Delta said successful a connection to NBC News it "removed a mistakenly posted remark connected X Wednesday because it was not successful statement pinch our values and our ngo to link nan world."

"The squad personnel responsible for nan station has been counseled and nary longer supports Delta’s societal channels. We apologize for this error,” nan institution added.

CAIR said that nan tweet was harmful arsenic it agreed pinch nan original tweet’s mendacious declare that a “Palestinian emblem pin worn by a formation attendant was a ‘Hamas badge.’” 

The Palestinian emblem — a tricolor banner of black, achromatic and greenish stripes pinch a reddish triangle connected nan near manus broadside — represents nan Palestinian people. Hamas, an Islamist militant organization, has their ain unsocial emblem of a greenish inheritance pinch achromatic penning of nan Shahada, an Islamic connection of faith, according to nan International Institute for Counter-Terrorism. 

“Whether this racist station connected Delta’s X relationship was approved aliases unauthorized, Delta must apologize and return steps to amended its labor astir this type of vulnerable anti-Palestinian racism,” CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said successful a statement. 

“Bigotry against Palestinian-Americans is perfectly retired of power successful workplaces and astatine schools — and it must stop,” he added.

Delta said nan photos included successful that original tweet depicted formation attendants connected abstracted flights connected different days, but declined to stock circumstantial formation details. 

Neither of those formation attendants person been fired arsenic a consequence of wearing nan pins, nan hose said, adding: “We’re successful touch pinch nan formation attendants to connection support.”

The tweet sparked outrage connected X. Dr. Omar Suleiman, a Palestinian American Imam and nan president of nan Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, wrote: “These airlines won’t study until you extremity giving them business @Delta #BoycottDelta.”

“I perceive you? What’s nan Palestinians sewage to do pinch 9/11? Isn’t nan full screenshot nan cleanable encapsulation of existent racism and Islamophobia? Pathetic really. Only successful America,” different X personification wrote. 

“As a Palestinian American, I will make a constituent to #BoycottDelta because of your racism and devaluation of Palestinian lives and rights,” another wrote.

The Palestinian emblem has go a awesome of solidarity for nan suffering of nan Palestinian group successful nan Israel-Hamas war.

In nan war, much than 38,000 group person been killed successful Gaza, according to nan Palestinian Ministry of Health, and complete 1,200 were killed successful Israel during Hamas' Oct. 7 attack, including soldiers and civilians.

The ongoing Israeli strikes successful Gaza person led to a humanitarian situation pinch up to 1.9 cardinal group crossed nan Gaza Strip internally displaced — including immoderate who person been many times displaced 9 aliases 10 times, according to nan United Nations Relief and Works agency.

The warfare that has led to demonstrations astir nan world, including nan U.S., pinch protests breaking retired connected assemblage campuses and spikes successful reported antisemitic and anti-Arab and Islamophobic incidents.


Marlene Lenthang

Breaking News Reporter

Rima Abdelkader

Rima Abdelkader is simply a elder newsman for Social Newsgathering astatine NBC News successful New York.


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