European authorities prevent pro-Palestinian activists from flying | #Airflotilla2

PressTV | April 15, 2012 

European authorities have prevented hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists from boarding Tel Aviv-bound flights to participate in a fly-in protest against Israel, Press TV reports.

Hundreds of activists at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, the departure site for nearly half of the group’s 1,200 participants, were barred from flying to Tel Aviv on Sunday, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The Swiss police also prevented about a hundred pro-Palestinian activists from flying to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv.

British airline Jet2.com was joined by Lufthansa, Air France and Easyjet in canceling the tickets of suspected ‘flytilla’ participants on the orders of Israel.

Israel threatened air companies with fines if they did not deny seats to activists worldwide, even though the group has been invited by dozens of Palestinian organizations and officials.

In Brussels, demonstrations erupted after at least 120 activists were denied the chance to visit Palestine thanks to an airline blacklist.

Meanwhile, Israeli police refused to grant entry to 41 activists who arrived at Ben Gurion airport in early afternoon. Police also arrested four Israeli citizens, two holding “Welcome to Palestine” signs, as they waited to greet the arrivals.

The “Welcome to Palestine 2012” campaigners plan to visit the West Bank city of Bethlehem as well as other Palestinian cities in the territory.

In July 2011, Israel blocked a similar fly-in effort by preventing dozens from boarding Tel Aviv-bound flights in Europe and denying entry to 69.

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