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Government criticises SAS Israeli maintenance deal. Socialist Left Party calls for a rethink. A contract with an Israeli aircraft maintenance company has landed SAS in trouble with the coalition. “SAS should consider whether it’s sensible business policy to have connections with a company in Israel at the moment, whilst Israel itself seriously abuses international rights,” SV’s (the Socialist Left) Alf Holmli MP tells NRK.

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Government criticises SAS Israeli maintenance deal

Published on Thursday, 3rd June, 2010 at 10:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Socialist Left Party calls for a rethink.

Airbus A330 front view
Airbus A330 front view
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A contract with an Israeli aircraft maintenance company has landed SAS in trouble with the coalition.

“SAS should consider whether it’s sensible business policy to have connections with a company in Israel at the moment, whilst Israel itself seriously abuses international rights,” SV’s (the Socialist Left) Alf Holmli MP tells NRK.

The airline regularly sends 12 of its planes from Norway for what’s known as Heavy Maintenance to Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., based at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International airport.

SAS’ Communications Director, Kenneth Vikse, says they’re only following governmental guidelines, and won’t be shifting their stance until an active boycott is in place.

“SAS isn’t a political actor, and can’t take a stand on political conflicts alone. Our two-year maintenance agreement is between two companies,” he says.

In addition to its civil assignments, Israel Aerospace Industries is also one of Israel’s larger arms producers.



Published on Thursday, 3rd June, 2010 at 10:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: sas, israel, aerospace, industries, sv, socialist, left, party, sv, arms, criticism.





  
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