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Heathrow employees are allowed to put on badges displaying the Palestine flag to make fliers conscious they will communicate Arabic, airport bosses informed a livid Jewish passenger.

While travelling on May 26, the person mentioned he was questioned why a member of employees was allowed to put on the badge after he had his bag pulled for a second safety test by a feminine worker who was sporting one, The Telegraph stories.

In response to a compaint from the unnamed man, Heathrow’s passenger buyer help division mentioned: “We can confirm that no nationality, religious or political items can be worn by any Heathrow staff whilst present on duty as part of our uniform standards.

“The exception is that if an individual speaks a language or dialect from a sure area as a secondary/tertiary language, a flag representing the area or nation could be current which is supplied by Heathrow.

“This is not a compulsory requirement to display this information and is at the staff member’s discretion, so that foreign travellers may know who to approach should it be easier to communicate in their own language.

“The flag is was extra simply identifiable from a distance than for the language to be written in script,” the airport added.

Caroline Turner, director UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI), said the airport’s explantion wasn’t credible, claiming people would assume the staff were supporters of Palestine amid the ongoing war in Gaza.

She said, as per the outlet: “This rationalization defies perception. Any passenger seeing the safety employees member sporting a Palestinian flag would assume that it was there to point his or her help for a state for Palestinians, or for Hamas’ actions, and it might additionally point out his or her antipathy to Jews and Israelis.”

“The impact of the safety employees sporting the flag is to create an intimidating, hostile, and offensive atmosphere for Jews and Israel supporters.”

It comes after the Home Office professional standards unit began probing a complaint that Heathrow Border Force staff “harassed” Israeli passengers as they arrived in the UK.

UKLFI alleges that passengers on a flight from Ben Gurion to Heathrow on June 9 were asked to undergo additional checks after a customs official spotted one of the passengers had an Israeli flag on their luggage.

It’s claimed the whole group was then taken into a separate room, where their luggage was scanned.

The passengers complained that they felt “harassed” and had been subjected to “degrading remedy” because they were either Jewish or Israeli, the outlet reports.

UKLFI has written to the Home Office complaining that the treatment they allegedly received was in breach of the Equality Act.

The Home Office said in response that it was treating the complaint “significantly” and a review of the incident had been ordered.

A spokesperson for Heathrow Airport said: “Everyone ought to really feel protected and welcome at Heathrow. We have steering on what colleagues can put on at work, if that steering isn’t adopted we are going to guarantee these gadgets are eliminated instantly.”

Spain, Ireland and Norway formally recognised a Palestinian final month, a step towards a long-held Palestinian aspiration that was fueled by worldwide outrage over the civilian deaths and humanitarian disaster within the Gaza Strip following Israel’s months-long offensive.

The joint choice by two European Union nations plus Norway, a nation with a powerful diplomatic custom in peacemaking, could generate momentum for the popularity of a Palestinian state by different EU nations and will spur additional steps on the United Nations, deepening Israel’s isolation.

Some 140 of the about 190 nations represented within the U.N. have already acknowledged a Palestinian state.

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