Israel deports 36 activists, holds 82

2011-07-10 19:20

Jerusalem - Israel on Sunday deported 36 pro-Palestinian activists who were taken into custody after flying into Israel for protests over the weekend, an official said.

Two other activists were deported overnight, leaving 82 still in Israeli custody awaiting flights back to home.

"Now on their way to their flights are 36 people, 35 of them will leave on a Lufthansa flight and one person is going on an Alitalia flight," immigration service spokesperson Sabine Hadad told AFP.

Those being deported were 22 Belgians, 13 Germans and one Spaniard, Hadad said. Two other Belgians were sent home earlier.

Israel was hoping to deport the remainder, she said.

"We hope it will be possible to return them to their home countries in the next 48 hours. It will depend on what spaces are available on departing flights," she added.

The activists are currently being held in prisons in Beersheva in southern Israel and in Ramleh, near Tel Aviv.

Most of the activists being held are French, but nationals from the United States, Belgium, Bulgaria, Holland and Spain were also in detention.

Welcome to Palestine

The activists were taking part in the "Welcome to Palestine" campaign in which up to 800 activists planned to fly to Israel and head to the Palestinian territories on a peaceful mission to visit Palestinian families.

Israeli authorities mobilised diplomatic and security forces to try to head off the incoming activists.

Officials said that by notifying foreign airlines of ticket-holders who would not be admitted to Israel, they had prevented hundreds of people from boarding at their ports of departure.

Of those who managed to arrive, four activists from Germany and Holland were authorised to stay after giving a written commitment "not to provoke disorder" and "to avoid places of [Israeli-Palestinian] confrontation".

Israeli news website Ynet said on Saturday that around 50 European pro-Palestinian activists who managed to enter Israel despite the security procedures at Ben Gurion Airport had crossed into the West Bank.

The "Welcome to Palestine" campaign took place as a flotilla of ships trying to break a blockade on the Gaza Strip was prevented from leaving Greece.

The timing of the fly-in campaign led some to dub it a "flytilla," although organisers denied their mission was linked to the attempt to run the blockade.

  • ronheidtmann - 2011-07-10 19:43

    Good! It's about time Israel starts taking action!

      mecan - 2011-07-11 10:44

      100% They should fine them $10000 for intent to cause a nuisance in an International airport... and only after bail is paid - send them back to their respective countries. Give the money raised [10000 X (36+82)] $1180000 to a fund that deals with terror victims in Israel.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-07-11 11:30

      So-called democracy. They even arrest fellow Jews who speak out against the government

  • Jaimo - 2011-07-10 20:15

    Well Done Israel!. Now deport the rest.

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-07-10 20:22

    Before you send them back to their own countries, send them to a desert spot or Siberia and let them be isolated for a season.

  • Shein - 2011-07-10 20:52

    When the character of an organization is not clear to you- look at the organization friends! The so called Human rights activist friend is: Hamas terror organization; Question to the so called Human rights activists! *Do you desire to live under the Islamist wings? Hamas charter: ""PEACE AND QUITE WOULD BE POSIBLE ONLY UNDER ISLAM WINGS"" -- If your reply is- YES- pls emigrate to one of the 58 Muslim countries. (By the way- the immigration to the Muslim countries lineup is empty) (However people are dying while fleeing from Muslim countries) If your reply is- NO- pls start demonstrating against the Islamists that stand against the values you pretend to defend! Democracy-human rights-women equality- free speech- equality between believes

      majidie.jackson1 - 2011-07-11 23:48

      And get a watchman to look after them?? ha ha And the Character of Isreali ?zionist state is RACIST, Apartheid.

  • Phantom - 2011-07-10 22:30

    What Palestinians do not want you to know: HEHE :D

  • Monacoroyals - 2011-07-11 10:25

    Israel, thank you for showing the world how to treat terrorist Sympathisers. Most of your neighbours would of put people like that to death. It’s hard to be democratic in the Middle East - good job Israel.

      TheWally - 2011-07-11 13:00

      then according to Isreals interpreswtion of a terrorist, they are Rabbi's, holocaust survivors, numerous Jews and priests, because most of them are Anti Zionists and against Isreals current stance. catch a wake up, the rest of the world are:

  • Phantom - 2011-07-11 10:40

    Way back on March 31, 1977, the Dutch newspaper Trouw published an interview with Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein. Here's what he said: The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.

      TheWally - 2011-07-11 12:16

      wow, absolutely no valid source at all. im sure Jesus would be upset at finding out that he was not a real Palestinian and claims were made that he didn't exist

      Phantom - 2011-07-11 12:34

      On the same day Arafat signed the Declaration of Principles on the White House lawn in 1993, he explained his actions on Jordan TV. Here's what he said: "Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish a sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel."

      BrassCopper - 2011-07-11 12:35

      Dear Wally (the Muslim) Jesus existed! Born into the Jewish Community of the land centuries before the birth of Islam - HE was no Arab - don’t be disgusting and use HIS name in vein – or for the purpose of justifying your fraudulent cause – The Palestinian cause! When someone draws a cartoon of Mohammed – you go all loony (excuse the pun). So please don’t use Jesus in your Propaganda. Don’t do unto others what you do not want done to you.

      TheWally - 2011-07-11 12:59

      at Brass: your ignorance is outstanding! There is a Chapter in the Holy Quran called the Chapter of Jesus, Jesus is a respected Prophet in Islam and regarded by Muslims as one of Gods mightiest messengers and also regarded as the Messiah/Christ in the Quran Muslims are against the graphic depiction of any of Gods Prophets as it has lead many worshiping to worship the portrayed images and statues (idols) and not GOD himself. This is also one of the main reasons Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) never wanted people to depict him after his death as future generations might worship him instead of GOD.(hence the cartoon saga) History has proven this to be the case with Prophet Jesus (please show me one verse where Jesus asks any1 to worship him) yet people bow down to statues depicting Prophet Jesus. If anything, at least I have educated you on the Muslim stance on idol worship and its concepts and position in Islam

      Phantom - 2011-07-11 13:40

      Dear Wally, the following page provides an explanation for Muslims who want to know more about Trinity:

  • daaivark - 2011-07-11 12:28

    WOW, Such charity and humanity displayed in comments. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. with the exception of Johncarlos and The Wally.

      MosesMabhida - 2011-07-11 12:56

      You are the racist here daaivark. Just because you hate them doesn’t give you the right to call the defence of their state racially prejudiced. You, johncarlos and Wally all talk about apartheid in Israel, which is utter rubbish - and at the same time hope for another holocaust onto the Jews. You disgust me. When Palestinians follow the road of peace – call me. Pathetic

      Phantom - 2011-07-11 13:15

      I am not ashamed for making people aware of the truth.

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