Saturday, 9 July 2011

Activists Banned from Boarding, Landing

Local Editor

Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv: 'fly-in' demonstration - 8 July 2011

Zionist authorities have served international airlines with a blacklist of 300 individuals in a bid to block the journey of pro-Palestinian activists into occupied Palestine.

The Zionist Interior Ministry has ordered foreign airlines not to allow the blacklisted activists from boarding flights bound for Israeli entity, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Israel bars pro-Palestinian activists Due to pro-Palestinian activities of these (blacklisted) people, "it was decided to refuse their entry in accordance with our authority according to the Law of Entry to Israel 1952... In light of the above-mentioned, you are required not to board them on your flights to Israel. Failure to comply with this directive would result in a delay on the flight and their return on the same flight," a letter sent to the airlines by the Interior Ministry read.

Hundreds of mostly European pro-Palestinian activists are expected to arrive in Israel within the framework of an initiative called "Flightilla."

The effort is considered as a complement to the Gaza-bound flotilla II relief aid convoy, which has been hindered on numerous instances from reaching the impoverished enclave that has been subjected to a brutal Israeli siege since 2007, to deliver much-needed humanitarian supplies to its population.
According to French activists involved in the "Welcome to Palestine" event, Malev Hungarian Airlines has already barred around 20 people from boarding a flight from Paris to the Israeli entity through Budapest.

Additionally, French authorities have also barred eight activists from boarding flights to the occupied territories.

The "Flightilla" takes place after a Gaza-bound naval flotilla was prohibited from leaving Greek waters, where about 10 boats are trapped following a sudden decision by Athens to impose a blanket ban on departure of any vessels destined for Gaza.
IOF attacked last year's Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, 2010, killing nine Turks aboard the Turkish-flagged MV Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other activists that were onboard the six-ship Gaza-bound aid convoy.

Meanwhile, Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has visited the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia in an attempt to make sure that Bulgaria would not support a September vote at the UN General Assembly for Palestinian statehood.

However, Netanyahu has reportedly failed to win a commitment by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov regarding the recognition of a Palestinian state 
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