An Air Canada pilot, identified as Mustafa Ezzo, was terminated from his position after posting offensive content on social media. Ezzo, a first officer who operated flights between Toronto and Tel Aviv, uploaded pictures of himself holding signs with disturbing messages directed at Israel.
'Burn in hell'
One sign read: "Israel, Hitler is proud of you," and another said: "Burn in hell."
These posts, along with other anti-Israel content, led to his dismissal from the airline.
Hi @AirCanada, your pilot Mostafa Ezzo, in uniform, is glorifying the mass murder of women and children and calling for the "cleansing" of Jews. How does he still have his job? Here's his LinkedIn, in case you have trouble tracking him down. https://t.co/4KMwHOWqae @JustinTrudeau… pic.twitter.com/HHDsUeWlIW— Eli Kowaz (@elikowaz) October 10, 2023
Ezzo, part of the Dreamliner fleet (Boeing 787), used his social media platform to express strong animosity towards Israel. In one photo, he was seen in his pilot's uniform, draped in a Palestinian scarf.
Another image depicted residents of Gaza on an IDF military jeep, taken during past conflicts, accompanied by the caption: "Go against Israel, you will burn in hell." Additionally, Ezzo shared a picture from a Palestinian demonstration in Canada, holding a sign that read "Keep the world clean," beneath an illustration of a man discarding the Israeli flag into a trash bin.
Air Canada swiftly responded to the situation, denouncing Ezzo's posts as unacceptable. The airline publicly acknowledged the offensive content, emphasizing that they take such matters seriously. Consequently, the company suspended Ezzo's employment on October 9. Following due procedures, Air Canada confirmed his termination, making it clear that they do not tolerate any form of violent attacks.
We can confirm the pilot in question no longer works for Air Canada, following the process initiated on Monday. https://t.co/U9rTkBM7Z2— Air Canada (@AirCanada) October 11, 2023