Air Canada grounded a pilot after social media sleuths revealed he posted a string of anti-Semitic messages across his various accounts, which have since been deleted. The outrage comes in the aftermath of Hamas‘s brutal assault on Israel last weekend.
First Officer Mostafa Ezzo, who is based out of Montreal, even posted a photo showing him in his uniform with a Palestinian flag. Ezzo piloted a B787 aircraft.
‘We are aware of the unacceptable posts made by an Air Canada pilot. We are taking this matter very seriously, and he was taken out of service on Mon, Oct. 9. We firmly denounce violence in all forms,’ Air Canada wrote in a post on X.
In a recent post, Ezzo promoted a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Montreal which took place on Sunday, the day after Hamas’s brutal assault on Israeli citizens began. ‘F*** you Israel, burn in hell,’ he added to the post.
In other posts that have spread online, Ezzo referred to the Jewish state as a ‘terorist [sic] state’ as well as posting a photo showing him with a sign reading: ‘Israel, Hitler is proud of you.’
Air Canada acted, grounding Mostafa Ezzo, when his anti-Israel social media posts were made apparent
‘Hitler is proud of you,’ Izzo wrote on a placard he held at a rally
Air Canada called Izzo’s online activities’ unacceptable’
An Air Canada spokesperson told the Toronto Sun that the airline took the action ‘because this individual’s opinions and publications on social media do not represent Air Canada’s views in any way.’
‘This person has never been authorized to speak publicly while identifying themselves as an Air Canada employee,’ he added.
The Sun adds in its report that Jewish passengers had complained to Air Canada, saying that they would feel uncomfortable about flying with a pilot who was openly hostile to them.
‘ALPA Canada, including the Air Canada pilot group, is aware of the situation and is incredibly saddened by the tragedies in the Middle East. We condemn all violence and hatred, and any promotion thereof. It is our firm expectation that all of our members abide by this principle and our professional code of ethics,’ Airline Pilots Association Canada said in a statement regarding Ezzo.
Ezzo is an Egyptian Canadian who attended flight school at the Egypt Aviation Academy where his roommate and best friend was fellow student, Mohamed Mamdouh.
Mamdouh was the co-pilot on EgyptAir flight 804 that plunged into the Mediterranean Sea killing all on board in May 2016.
An Air Canada spokesperson told the Toronto Sun that the airline took the action ‘because this individual’s opinions and publications on social media do not represent Air Canada’s views in any way’
Ezzo is an Egyptian Canadian who attended flight school at the Egypt Aviation Academy
An investigation found that an on board fire caused the crash caused when one of the pilots began smoking a cigarette that caused a combustion when it was exposed to leaking oxygen.
At the time writing, Air Canada has suspended flights into Tel Aviv due to the ongoing violence in the country.
On Wednesday, airstrikes smashed entire city blocks to rubble in the tiny coastal enclave and left unknown numbers of bodies beneath mounds of debris.
The bombardment raged on even though militants are holding an estimated 150 people snatched from Israel — soldiers, men, women, children and older adults.
Israel has vowed unprecedented retaliation against the Hamas militant group ruling the Palestinian territory after its fighters stormed through the border fence Saturday and gunned down hundreds of Israelis in their homes, on the streets and at an outdoor music festival.
Since then, militants have continued to fire rockets at Israel, including a heavy barrage at the southern town of Ashkelon on Wednesday.
The war, which has already claimed at least 2,200 lives on both sides, is expected to escalate — and compound the misery of people living in Gaza, where basic necessities and electricity were already in short supply.
Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk
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