Is­rael braced for sec­ond ac­tivist ‘fly-in’

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY NATHAN JEFFAY

IS­RAEL IS pre­par­ing it­self for a mass fly-in by Pales­tinian ac­tivists from around the world.

Hun­dreds of ac­tivists plan to board planes across Europe on Sun­day and Mon­day and touch down at Ben Gu­rion air­port to protest what they have de­scribed in a state­ment as “Is­rael’s gi­ant sys­tem of con­trol” which pre­vents “the im­pris­oned Pales­tini­ans” from re­ceiv­ing in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors.

Last year, many of the same ac­tivists at­tempted a sim­i­lar fly-in, but most were, on Is­rael’s re­quest, pre­vented from board­ing their flights by air­lines. Or­gan­is­ers claim that if they are stopped this year it will prove that Is­rael “has crossed an­other red line in its de­nial of Pales­tinian hu­man rights”.

Pales­tini­ans are par­tic­u­larly keen to see this ef­fort suc­ceed to re­gain face af­ter the Global March from Jerusalem, which promised to have two mil­lion peo­ple in a sol­i­dar­ity march to­wards Jerusalem, proved an anti-cli­max.

Paul Hirsch­son, spokesman for Is­rael’s For­eign Min­istry, said that it be­lieves that many of the par­tic­i­pat­ing ac­tivists were banned from Is­rael for mis­con­duct dur­ing pre­vi­ous vis­its. Peo­ple fall­ing in to this cat­e­gory, he said, will not en­ter the coun­try.

On other ac­tivists, his min­istry fears that if al­lowed in they will “ini­ti­ate provoca­tive demon­stra­tions”.

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