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Monday, July 04, 2011

Fly-in taking flotilla's place

Will 'Palestinian fly-ins' take the place of the flotilla? Although they will not reach Gaza, they could reach Judea and Samaria and the foreign visitors could cause major provocations for Israel at the airport.
"Welcome to Palestine's" Facebook page, which was launched in May, urges participants to fly to Israel and declare upon arrival that they are heading to Palestine.

Once the activists land, they have scheduled tours in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, the West Bank, the Jordan Rift Valley and Jerusalem.

"The visitors will enjoy Palestinian hospitality, create partnerships and bonds and volunteer in Palestinian cities alongside hundreds of local activists," the report said.

Organizers of the fly-in have reportedly urged the international community "to recognize the Palestinians' basic right to host visitors from overseas and assert the right to have their own citizens visit Palestine without being harassed.

"Israel may be trying to isolate is, but we invite everyone to stand by us. We reject the attempted to limit our call," the organizers said.

The Foreign Ministry said that the initiative was "taken very seriously," and believe that pro-Palestinian activists have every intention to land in Israel's international gateway and cause a ruckus for the sheer sake of garnering the attention of the global media.

"We don’t think such internet initiatives can be dismissed," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yigal Palmor told Ynet. "The activists are motivated, and buying an airline ticket is easier than arriving by boat. This has to be taken seriously."

Still, Palmor stressed the ministry was not overly concerned: "There are known groups who are trying to stage 'organized embarrassments' for Israel, especially in illegal manners. Those who fail at sea are doomed to fail here, too."
I would say that so long as they are well-behaved at the airport (if not, deport them), use the customs process to search their bags, give them 'Palestinian Authority only' visas, and then let them depart via the 'Palestinian' airport in Amman. At least they will help our tourism numbers and depending on the airline they fly they will pump some money into our economy. Heh.

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At 8:45 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Make them wait for 12 hours in a hot airless, glassed-in waiting room. Take each individual into a room to search them and their clothes and luggage. Take another 3 hours. put them on a bus and take them to a deserted patch of waste-ground and make them stand there while their backgrounds are checked, in the midday sun...


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