Forty-three international pro-Palestinian activists were denied entry into Israel Sunday at Ben Gurion Airport. Twenty-nine of the activists — mostly French nationals — were taken to Givon prison in Ramle pending deportation. Nine of the protesters had been deported as of late afternoon Israel time, three were awaiting a flight back to their points of origin and two others remained in the airport having been denied entry.
“Dear activist,” reads the letter that will be translated in a number of different languages. “We appreciate your choosing to make Israel the object of your humanitarian concerns. We know there were many other worthy choices.” For instance, the letter – drawn up in the Prime Minister’s Office — noted, they “could have chosen to protest the Syrian regime’s daily savagery against its own people, which has claimed thousands of lives”.
More than 60 percent of the 1,500 pro-Palestinian activists due to arrive in Israel on Sunday to take part in a fly-in protest have received notifications from airlines that their flights were canceled, the spokesman for the “Welcome to Palestine” protest told Haaretz on Saturday. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/airlines-cancel-israel-flights-for-over-60-percent-of-pro-palestinian-fly-in-protesters-1.424246
“Therefore we suggest to let you solve first the real problems of the region, and then come back and share with us your experience. Have a nice flight.” http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-4215834,00.html
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