- The Washington Times - Monday, July 21, 2014

A Jewish woman was booted from a JetBlue Airways flight in South Florida after getting into a verbal altercation with a Palestinian passenger and accusing her of having explosives in her carry-on bag, the airline said.

Lisa Rosenberg of New York was removed from a flight just before takeoff July 7 at Palm Beach International Airport. She told a local ABC affiliate that during boarding she was on her phone with a friend talking about the violence in Israel and her concern for her daughter, who will be studying there next year.

“A woman comes up to me and says to me, ‘I’m a Palestinian’ and she starts cursing at me. ‘Zionist pig. This is just the beginning,’ ” she told the station.

The argument escalated and a flight attendant intervened and told Miss Rosenberg to leave. She said JetBlue never explained why she was being kicked off the flight and said she believes she was a victim of a hate crime.

But JetBlue released a report Wednesday, saying Miss Rosenberg “accused customer 9C of being a Palestinian murderer, and that her people are all murderers, and that they murder children. She went even further to suggest 9C had explosives in her bag and it would bring the aircraft down,” the ABC affiliate reported.

The woman was reportedly asked to leave the plane after mentioning explosives. The other passenger was not asked to leave.

Miss Rosenberg declined a second interview with the news station, but vehemently denied the quotes in the JetBlue report.

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