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rabbi 05 smallsf badge lgRabbi Joel Landau  ( has been the Rabbi of Adath Israel since May 2013. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem and has served previously as a congregational Rabbi in Charleston, South Carolina and Irvine, California. A full biography of Rabbi Landau is available here.

Last Sunday, March 9, the government of Tunisia refused to allow Israeli nationals the right to disembark the Norwegian Jade during its stop in the Port of La Goulette, Tunis.

In response to this discriminatory act, Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has cancelled all remaining calls to Tunisia and will not return.“We want to send a strong message to Tunisia and ports around the world that we will not tolerate such random acts of discrimination against our guests,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO. “We are outraged by this act and the fact that we were not notified in advance of this practice. We apologize sincerely to our guests who were affected and want them to know that we have taken the appropriate action in response.”

Norwegian Cruise Line employs more than 90 different nationalities and welcomes people of all nationalities aboard its vessels. The Company does not condone or tolerate discrimination of any type and with these cancellations hopes to send a message to those who do that such acts are completely unacceptable.

Please take a few moments to thank Norwegian Cruise Line for its strong stand against Tunisia's bigoted, anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic policy. Call their corporate office at (305) 436-4000 (press 0 then ask for public relations) or send an email

We must remember not only to stand in opposition to our enemies enemies, but also to stand with our friends.

Please forward this info far and wide!

-Rabbi Joel Landau