Jordan won't allow 'flytilla' activists to cross into Israel
A group of 'foreign activists' were denied entry from Jordan into Israel by the Jordanian authorities on Sunday. The 'activists' had flown to Amman and hoped to cross into Judea and Samaria. It didn't happen
"The Welcome to Palestine Campaign decries the Israeli denial of entry via the Allenby Bridge to over 100 internationals who wanted to visit us in the occupied Palestinian Territories," organizers said in a statement.
The group of around 100 activists had finished passport checks at the Jordanian side of the Allenby crossing but were denied entry at the first Israeli checkpoint and told to return to where they had come from, a spokesman for WTP told Ma'an.
No explanation was provided by Israeli crossing authorities as to why the group was denied entry, but the delegation will try to enter the West Bank again on Monday, the spokesman added.
"The denial of entry today at the Allenby Bridge border crossing from Jordan shows that the previous policies of siege and isolation continue," organizers said.
"We thus will continue to initiate more Welcome to Palestine campaigns. We insist on the freedom of entry. As Israel persists in these unjust policies, it is only fair to ask all countries to reciprocate by denying Israelis entry to these countries."
One small problem: It wasn't the Israelis who kept them out. It was the Jordanians
"Two buses carrying 100 activists were not allowed to leave the Jordanian side" of Allenby Bridge Crossing, also known as King Hussein Bridge between the West Bank and Jordan, Walid Atallah, a spokesman for the "Welcome to Palestine" campaign in Jordan, told Agence France Presse.
"The Jordanian authorities stamped their passports and charged them fees and everything was okay. When the buses left, the last checkpoint on the Jordanian side was closed. No reason was given."
Atallah said the "activists left the buses and started to demonstrate near the checkpoint. One of them fainted and was taken to hospital."
"This was deliberate. Jordan did not want Israel to be held responsible for denying the activists entry," he added.
Heh. These people should go back to their home countries and find jobs.
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