‘Flytilla’ Activists Planning to Defy Israeli Ban (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/11/12)
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Hundreds of French anti-Israel activists are planning to stage
a "flytilla" at Ben Gurion airport this weekend said they still plan
to travel despite Israeli officials saying they will be denied entry.
"We are obliged to transit through Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion) to get to
the West Bank. This is not a choice," organizer Olivia Zemor said on
Zemor also said that buses have been already been reserved to ferry
the activists to Bethlehem where they plan to participate in anti-
Minister or Public Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch said Tuesday
the "provocateurs will be dealt with in a determined and quick way."
He explained that the activists would be stopped at the airport and
"If they arrive to Israel they will be identified, removed from the
plane, their entry into Israel will be prevented and they will be
moved to a detention facility until they are flown out of Israel,"
His office said that security officials had tracked the activists on
social media sites, compiled a blacklist of hundreds of names and
asked airlines to keep those on the list off flights to Israel.
The French foreign ministry has advised the 500 to 600 French
nationals believed to be signed up for the "flytilla" not to
travel "because of the risks of expulsion or detention".
Zemor condemned the French government´s position on the event.
Campaign´s organizers in PA enclaves in Judea and Samaria say they
want to publicize Israel´s "control of movement into and out of the
Palestinian territory" and to "boost solidarity with the Palestinian
The so-called "Welcome to Palestine" campaign, which has been dubbed
a "flytilla," is taking place for the third year.
In 2010, organizers said around 100 activists were able to arrive
without incident and travel to PA areas in Judea and Samaria.
However, last year Israel worked with airlines to prevent hundreds of
activists from boarding planes bound for Ben Gurion, and detained and
later deported 69 others who managed to arrive.
Israel has reportedly already beefed up police presence at Ben Gurion
in anticipation of this year´s "flytilla," and contacted various
airlines to request that they block activists from boarding flights.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/11/12)
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