Going to Israel? No Insurance For You!

When Adam Segal, 26, an associate at a Washington public-relations firm, applied for a life insurance policy from Fidelity Investments in October, he was asked if he had recently traveled abroad and answered that he and his wife had visited Israel on their honeymoon at the end of 2002. In November, Fidelity notified Segal that his application had been denied “due to past travel to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.” Fidelity will not insure anyone who recently has visited a country where the U.S. State Department has a travel advisory, or who plans to do so soon, said spokesman Vincent Laporchio. Such policies do not single out Israel and thus are not discriminatory, said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “People are not not going to go to Israel because of it,” he said.

(c/o CoP Daily Alert)

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