Airlines refuse to let pro-Palestinians fly to join protest (INDEPENDENT UK) RICHARD HALL 04/16/12)
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Hundreds of police were deployed at Israel´s main airport yesterday
to detain activists flying in to protest against the country´s
occupation of Palestinian territory.
They were aided by European airlines, many of whom cancelled tickets
of those planning to travel there at Israel´s request. More than 40
pro-Palestinian activists made it to Ben Gurion international airport
near Tel Aviv as part of an attempted "fly-in", only to be detained
by the authorities.
Many airlines blocked activists at their departure points after they
were issued with "no-fly" lists by Israel. British budget carriers
easyJet and Jet2.com prevented activists from boarding Israel-bound
planes from London and Manchester, and angry demonstrations were
staged in several European capitals after at least 300 passenger
tickets were cancelled.
Scores of activists protested at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris,
where airport sources said 90 passengers had been prevented from
boarding Lufthansa and Swiss Air flights for Tel Aviv. The activists
participating in the fly-in say all planned activities, such as
planting trees in the West Bank, are non-violent and accuse Israel of
being unnecessarily heavy-handed.
Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai said the government "will make
sure that everyone who wants to provoke is returned home and the rest
will be allowed to enter Israel". (©independent.co.uk 04/16/12)
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