The testimony of passengers on the El Al flight that landed in Athens for Shabbos keeps rolling in, and one after the other, they are calling the pilot a liar, and the Israeli media “fake news”.
As YWN has been reporting, two El Al flights from NY to Israel were heavily delayed on Erev Shabbos due to the Thursday night snowstorm in New York City. Flights 008 and 002 from New York to Tel Aviv, departed with a scheduled landing on Shabbos. Flight 002 was reportedly also delayed due to members of the flight crew arriving late.
Many passengers have stated the pilot lied to the anxious Shomer Shabbos passengers, telling them he would return to the gate to let them off, when in fact he was preparing to take off. He used the lie to trick passengers to return to their seats.
Flight 002 landed in Athens before Shabbos, where passengers were put up by El Al in a hotel, and the local Chabad hosted and catered meals for over 120 passengers for Shabbos.
The audio clip that follows, is just another witness to exactly what occurred, despite the Israeli media spewing anti-Chareidi hatred.
Meanwhile, radio transmissions between the pilot and the JFK Air Traffic Control Tower has surfaced, clearly showing how he lied:
EL AL PILOT SAYS “WE APPRECIATE IF WE CAN (HAVE CLEARANCE) TO DEPART AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, OTHERWISE THE PASSENGERS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE MAKING PROBLEMS (DEMANDING TO BE LET OFF THE PLANE INSTEAD OF POSSIBLE CHILLUL SHABBOS)”
It should be noted, that the reports in the media that the Chareieidm were violent on the plane, were all published on Shabbos, when no Frum person could possibly tell their side of the story. If not for prominent Israeli news correspondent Yehuda Schlesinger who was among those on the flight, there would be zero credibility of the Chareidi passengers. Schlesinger is not Chareidi or frum, yet he is denying the reports of “Chareidi violence”.
A letter published by YWN on Motzei Shabbos, written by a Frum passenger on the flight,Ben Chafetz of Cleveland, describes the atmosphere during the special Shabbos in Athens and how the stranded passengers really acted amid the realization they would have to make do with whatever they were given.
Chafetz also claimed the flight crew arrived late to the flight, adding to their delayed departure from New York.
Back in July 2018, YWN also reported that despite reports to the contrary, even El Al admitted delays on a flight from JFK to Ben-Gurion were not the result of a chareidi passenger refusing to be seated next to a woman as reported, but because of a delay in the positioning of the plane on the runway. The El Al statements read; “The details reported on the subject were inaccurate to say the least. In reality, the delay was not related to the event that was publicized. There was a delay in the move of the plane to the takeoff runway of an hour without any connection to the incident,” referring to earlier reports that chareidi passengers caused a flight delay after insisting on moving seats away from a woman.
As YWN reported in 2007, the Chareidi community around the world boycotted El Al after the airline was Michallel Shabbos. Gedolim around the world signed a Kol Koreh and thousands cancelled their tickets. The boycott was lifted after they promised never to fly on Shabbos again.
The secretary of the Vaad Shmiras Shabbos, Rabbi Yitzchak Goldknoff, announced on Sunday morning 10 Kislev, that if an El Al plane was mechalel Shabbos by leaving Athens, then sanctions may be in order.
סיוון יקרה מאוד, אנו מאוד מבינים ,לצערי את פחות מבינה במקרה זה ! א. אלעל עשתה הכל על מנת להגיע לפני שבת .ב.יכול להיות שהיו טעויות בדרך אבל הם מסוג הטעויות הבלתי נמנעות. ג. הנושא כרגע הוא אלימות כן או לא ! ואת ואני נגד אלימות ד. מקווה שהצלחתי להסביר. ערב טוב רני רהב דובר אל על
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