Israeli cruise passengers denied entry to Tunisia

Norwegian Cruise Line said a “last minute decision made by the Tunisian government” on Sunday resulted in a “small number” of passengers with Israeli passports being denied entry to the North African country.

The Miami-based cruise operator said it is reviewing the decision with the appropriate officials. Port taxes for the call are being refunded to passengers who had to stay on the ship.

“We apologize for any inconvenience to our guests and appreciate their understanding,” Norwegian said in a statement.

B’nai Brith Canada, a human rights agency, decried the incident in a statement after learning what had happened from Canadian Jewish tourists on the ship.

“The cruise line has a responsibility to its passengers to advise them of this discriminatory policy in advance,” said the agency’s CEO, Frank Dimant. “Better still the cruise line should avoid ports that have such policies. ”

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