Police to await ´flytilla´ activists at airport (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV LAPPIN 04/11/12)
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The Israel Police will dispatch hundreds of police officers to Ben-
Gurion Airport on Sunday to await pro-Palestinian activists who plan
to arrive in Israel.
According to the police´s evaluations, between 500 and 1,000
activists will try to land in Israel on 20 flights from Western
Europe and Turkey throughout Sunday.
A national operation has been set up to deal with the activists, who
police view as hostile elements seeking to create provocations,
disturbances, and attract media attention.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch has received
ministerial responsibility to oversee the operation, while central
police district chief Cmdr. Bentsi Sao will oversee its
The activists chose one of Ben-Gurion Airport´s busiest days to land,
as around 45,000 ordinary passengers are expected to pass through the
airport on Sunday. The police´s primary concern is to keep the site
running in a routine manner.
To that end, police officers met with representatives of the
intelligence community on Wednesday morning, going over information
and details of the operation to prevent the activists from bypassing
According to evaluations, the foreign activists plan to meet up with
Palestinian activists and demonstrate in traditional flashpoints,
such as the security fence and east Jerusalem.
Police are also preparing for the possibility that Israeli anarchists
and other far-left activists may try to meet the foreigners at the
airport, and are determined to prevent that from occurring.
The Public Security Ministry said that like last year, senior
activists intent on creating disturbances will be identified before
they board planes to Israel.
During last year´s ´flytilla,´ the majority of activists were
prevented from boarding passenger jets bound for Israel after the
Foreign Ministry submitted lists of names to airlines.
If the activists manage to arrive in Israel, they will be taken off
the planes and denied entry.
The activists will be placed in temporary holding cells before being
deported to their points of origin.
"Israel will prevent this provocation, just as every country prevents
the entry of hostile elements to its territory," Aharonovitch said
"We will be determined and speedy in our response, but we will not
chase anyone through the halls of the airport," he added. (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/11/12)
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