Princess Cruises boycott tale is debunked

WASHINGTON (JTA) – An e-mail-driven rumor that Princess Cruises is boycotting Israel is false.

The cruise company canceled an Ashdod stop during the week of May 31, when Israel intercepted a Gaza-bound flotilla aiming to break Israel’s embargo on the coastal strip, which resulted in the deaths of nine passengers.  

"Princess is now bowing to pressure and boycotting Israel," the e-mail said. "Please pass this on to all Jewish Americans in order to let them know that there are alternatives to Princess."

In fact, Boycott Watch, a Cleveland-based website that monitors compliance with the Arab League boycott of Israel, and the Anti-Defamation League determined that the cruise ship was redirected because of the crisis and continued to a scheduled stop in Haifa.

The ADL reported that Princess is planning to include the Israeli ports in an end-of-June cruise, as scheduled.

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