June 10, 2010
Princess Cruises not boycotting Israel, despite allegations of mass email
A mass email, circulating, infuriating and misleading, says a luxury cruise ship of the British-American owned Princess line cancelled a scheduled stop on June 2 at Ashdot, a port in Israel, in protest of the Israeli navy’s deadly raid of a Gaza-bound flotilla, which occurred only days earlier.
The email says, “Princess is now bowing to pressure and boycotting Israel” and asks recipients to “please pass this on to all Jewish Americans in order to let them know that there are alternatives to Princess.”
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) posted a statement on their website, however, saying, “this rumor is false.” According to the ADL, “security reasons” prevented the cruise from docking in Ashdod and the same ship “stopped at Haifa as scheduled.”
Princess Cruise lines is a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, whose CEO is Mickey Arison, an Israeli-American.