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IsramWorld and its subsidiary Europe Too are suspending tour operations to the Russian Federation. The decision is a result of the Russian government’s open declarations of anti-gay sentiments and the enactment of regulations that could endanger or discriminate against members of the LGBT community. IsramWorld is taking a stand for its clients.
“In the 21st century, we cannot turn a blind eye to a circumstance whereby our clients’ welfare can be jeopardized by who they are, or who they might appear to be,” said A. Ady Gelber, president and CEO of IsramWorld.
Although the tour operator is accepting no new bookings for trips to Russia until the Russian government ceases discrimination, clients already booked to visit Russia are being given the option to sign a waiver of responsibility and proceed with the trip or cancel without penalty.
The tour operator has a long history of taking political stances, most recently suspending tours to the United Arab Emirates when it prohibited entry to anyone with an Israel stamp on their passport.
"As 21st century Americans, we have to take a stand against archaic prejudice and reprehensible bigotry," said Gelber.