Israel, Europe Crack Down on Palestinian ‘Flytilla’

Common Dreams staff Over 40 pro-Palestinian activists on their way to the West Bank have been detained upon arrival as they reached Israel‘s Ben Gurion airport on Sunday as part of an action planned by the Welcome to Palestine Initiative 2012 – a bid to ‘challenge Israel‘s policy of isolating the West Bank‘.

Hundreds more are expected to reach Tell Aviv throughout the day as the activists persist. An Israeli undercover policewoman (right) arrests an activist holding a pro-Palestinian slogan at Ben Gurion air port near Tel Aviv on April 15. British airline easyJet has said it had joined other carriers in preventing pro-Palestinian activists from bo

arding flights to Israel after pressure from the country‘s government (Agence France-Presse) Many other campaigners from around the world are attempting to reach Tel Aviv today, as authorities attempt a blockade. An Interior Ministry spokeswoman said Israel had given airlines the names of some 1,200 activists whose entry would be barred. Airlines Lufthansa and Jet2 began refusing activists‘ passage this week, returning tickets and informing blacklisted activists that they will not

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