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Virgin pulls Palestinian salad name from in-flight menu after complaints from Israel supporters

RT | February 13, 2018

Virgin Atlantic faces an ongoing backlash over a salad on its in-flight menu after the meal’s ‘Palestinian’ name was shared on a pro-Israel Facebook page.

The ‘Palestinian couscous salad’ – which includes a mix of Maftoul and other couscous, along with tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, mint and lemon vinaigrette – sparked a backlash after passengers posted it on social media.

An image of the in-flight menu was posted on the ‎Israel Advocacy Movement Facebook page by passenger David Garnelas, who said: “I thought this was an Israeli salad… obviously [airline founder Richard] Branson showing his true colours… Israelis must boycott Virgin and Israel must ask for an explanation. When I complained the stewardess tried to take back the menu from me.”

The negative reaction to the meal’s name saw it changed on the airline’s menu.

“We were aware that Maftoul is not a widely known ingredient – so the dish was listed as a ‘Palestinian couscous salad’, and later as a ‘Couscous salad’,” the airline said in a statement to

“We’d like to reassure all customers that our sole intention was to bring new flavors onboard, and never to cause offense through the naming or renaming of the dish.”

However, despite the effort to appease passengers, changing the name of the meal sparked a counter backlash from pro-Palestine groups.

“After an orchestrated campaign by Zionist groups, Virgin Atlantic airlines decides that Palestinian food is offensive. Removes the word ‘Palestinian’, but keeps the food. Shameful,” the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign said of the change.

Twitter user Bassam Mansour said that maftoul is the national dish of Palestine and Virgin should not have caved to the demands of “twisted and hate-filled passengers.”

February 13, 2018 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Full Spectrum Dominance | , ,


  1. “israel” don’t have any local dishes of their own, upon arrival they found Hummus and Falafael and called it “israeli” while killing and throwing out the inventors of these dishes out of their lands.

    The Polish-Lithuanian squatters do have dishes of their own i recall, Gefillte fish and chicken soup (they may have stolen those too, that’s what jews do) but as the names suggest they are from their places of origin, which is eastern Europe not Palestine.

    Comment by mikhas | February 13, 2018 | Reply

  2. Comment by mikhas | February 13, 2018 | Reply

    • Great video, hilarious… but true!

      Comment by John L | February 15, 2018 | Reply

  3. They should have thrown the Zionist off the plane for complaining. Never appease them, they must know they will have to pay for their holocaust of the Palestinian people since 1947. All nations should shut down all AIPAC groups and cut all Israeli aid. The truth is security should have had them arrested for being terrorist. Israel does bomb mosques and churches. The JDL in the U.S. has been involved in bombings.

    Comment by John L | February 15, 2018 | Reply

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