Activists call for a protest on Sunday as an initiative to fly 1,500 people into Tel Aviv Airport, a solidarity ‘Flytilla’, is blocked at Manchester airport.
By Omayr Ghani |
A Palestine Solidarity Campaign initiative to fly 1,500 people into Tel Aviv Airport to demand the right to visit friends in the occupied West Bank – A move intended to highlight the restriction of movement in the occupied territories – has resulted in a violation of the freedom to travel much closer to home.
Following Pressure from the Israeli government Jet Two Airlines have refused to allow passengers who had paid for and received their boarding passes to board their planes to Tel Aviv on Sunday 15 April, and have even refused to reimburse them, citing “circumstances beyond” their control. The same policy has been followed by other airlines across Europe whose passengers planned to fly into Tel Aviv on that day.
Israeli Pubic Security Minister, Yitzhak Ahranovitch has said that Israel will identify what he termed “the provocateurs” who do manage fly into the country. Once they land, he warned, they will be detained and deported.
In response, the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign has called on supporters to come to Manchester Airport at 8.00 am- Terminal 1, at the Jet2.com check in, on Sunday April 15th 2012 to demand the right of their passengers to board flights to Tel Aviv.
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