Fly-in activists instructed to protest at int´l airports (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy Published: 04.15.12, 01:19)
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Pro-Palestinian activists instructed to arrive at international
airports en route to Israel despite airline bans; told not to start
The pro-Palestinian "flytilla" may well prove to be much smaller than
planned, as many activists were banned from boarding flights to
Israel on Saturday. The largest group of activists was meant to
arrive from France. They were instructed to arrive at the Charles de
Gaulle Airport in Paris at 5 am on Sunday.
Should they be barred from boarding the flights, the activists will
express their protest in letters to the media.
On Saturday, organizers briefed the activists on social media
networks, calling them to challenge the airlines and show up at the
airports with their tickets.
The message stated that the blockade was a violation of the Fourth
Geneva Convention and that Israel had turned Palestine into a huge
prison. It was also noted that Israeli immigration inspectors from
the Oz Unit have decided to stop their strike in wake of the fly-in.
The activists were given specific instructions on how to act in case
Israeli authorities refuse to allow them in. They were instructed to
leave a copy of their passport with relatives and take the numbers of
government officials from their countries of origin. They were also
briefed on Israeli airport rules and guidelines.
Organizers asked the activists to "stay calm but determined" in case
they are denied entry and that there is a possibility they will
eventually be allowed in. The activists were also instructed not to
start riots or insult airport officials. They plan to appeal any
decision barring them from Israel with the involvement of a lawyer.
They were also told to contact the organizers in order to report to
the media the developments at the airport. Organizers stressed the
importance of the media in pressuring the Israeli authorities into
changing their decision.
Once in Israel, they will receive a letter from the Israeli
government which reads: "You could have chosen to protest Syrian
regime´s daily savagery, but instead you chose to protest against
Israel, the Middle East´s sole democracy." Gilad Morag contributed to
this report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/15/12)
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