´Flytilla´ organizers eye future fly-ins (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy Published: 04.21.12, 16:33)
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France-based pro-Palestinian group says organizers aim to make small
protest fly-ins a monthly occurrence
The organizers of the pro-Palestinian "flytilla" protest said
Saturday that they are planning at least two more such fly-ins.
Last week´s fly-in into Israel, which organizers said would see 1,500
activists arrive in Ben Gurion International Airport en route to
Bethlehem, ended with only several dozens actually arriving.
Israel refused entry to the majority of activists and many were
deported. Eventually, only a handful of protesters arrived in the
"We have made a decision in principle to hold at least two more
campaigns, one in August, after Ramadan, and the other in December,
during Christmas," Jacques Nanno, one of the organizers, said.
Nanno said that the France-based group of pro-Palestinian activists
will announce the official dates for the next "flytillas" over the
next few weeks.
The goal, he said, is to eventually create a norm of one small fly-in
"The French suggestion is to aim for a smaller scale," he said. "We
don´t have to be 1,500 people every time Ė 100 people can do it,
The "Welcome to Palestine" endeavor came to its official end on
Friday, in a joint press conference held by the activists and the
Palestinian organizers in Bethlehem.
The organizers said they were satisfied with the "public awareness
the campaign has garnered" and the extensive media coverage the fly-
"There were media outlets that we didnít even consider and they
covered it fairly," Amira Moslem, one of the Palestinian
coordinators, told Ynet.
"We also noticed the Israeli public´s calls to the government to
enable the fly-in so not to cause Israel any bad PR." (Copyright 2012
© Yedioth Internet 04/21/12)
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