You are not cleared for landing, Israel tells pro-Palestinian activists (ISRAEL HAYOM) Itsik Saban 04/10/12)
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Israel prepares for pro-Palestinian fly-in "provocation" at
international airport • Some 250 activists plan to arrive in Israel
as part of "flightilla" initiative • Hundreds of Israeli police
officers deployed to Ben-Gurion airport to keep the peace.
Some 250 pro-Palestinian activists were expected to arrive at
Israel´s Ben-Gurion International Airport on Sunday as part of a
protest "flightilla." A senior police official told Israel Hayom on
Monday that the protesters planned to "disrupt the peace at the
airport to embarrass Israel."
Last July, Israel successfully blocked a similar fly-in initiative by
pro-Palestinian activists who planned to fly to Ben-Gurion airport.
Most of the activists were deported within a week.
According to the police source, the protesters plan to demonstrate
inside the airport and later travel to Judea and Samaria and
demonstrate near the security barrier.
Hundreds of police officers were expected to await the arrival of the
protesters at the airport. The police was maintaining ongoing contact
with the foreign airlines, some of which handed over the names of the
activists in efforts to prevent their entry into Israel, as was done
last year. "Anyone who does manage to make it here and proceeds to
disrupt the peace will be arrested immediately," the police official
In light of measures to prevent their arrival, the activists may push
their flights up and land in Israel as early as Friday or Saturday.
As Easter ends on Sunday, the day of the planned airport
demonstration, authorities expect some 50,000 passengers to pass
through Ben-Gurion airport. Security officials were planning to take
measures to prevent disruptions while making efforts to preserve
routine airport conduct on one of its busiest days. Public Security
Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beitenu) said Monday that "the
activists will be denied entry. They will be transferred to holding
facilities and be kept in custody until they are deported."
"Israel will prevent this provocation the same way any other country
bars the entry of hostile entities," he said, adding "we will handle
the provocateurs as quickly and efficiently as possible, but we will
not be chasing them down the airport halls."
The efforts to prevent the planned airport demonstration last summer
included careful questioning of all the passengers. Some 130 pro-
Palestinian activists arrived in the last flightilla. They were
promptly arrested and transferred to a holding facility and
ultimately deported back to their home countries. Many of the
activists were even prevented from boarding flights to Israel by
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