Keeping the flytilla activists away from Israel
Israel detained dozens of international activists as they landed at its main airport on Sunday, preventing them from entering the country to participate in a planned solidarity mission with Palestinians in the West Bank.Considering how potentially violent these activists could possibly be no matter what the organizers say, and might even be willing to act as human shields for terrorists, that's exactly why they should be kept out. Why, they might even be willing to smuggle money for the terrorists operating in Islamic neighborhoods to use to finance their evil deeds.
Israel said the activists, part of an umbrella group called "Welcome to Palestine," were provocateurs who posed a security threat. But organizers said the event, meant to draw attention to Israeli travel restrictions on Palestinians, was nonviolent, and they accused Israel of using heavy-handed tactics to stamp out legitimate protest.
Israel is jittery about the prospect of a large influx of foreign protesters arriving because of deadly confrontations with pro-Palestinian activists in the past. In the worst instance, Israeli naval commandos clashed with activists on board a flotilla trying to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010, killing nine activists.
Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai said the government "will make sure that everyone who wants to provoke is returned home and the rest will be allowed to enter Israel."
By early evening, the Interior Ministry said a total of 49 people had been stopped at the airport, most on flights from France, but also from Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Italy and Portugal. At least 12 were placed on flights back home, while arrangements were being made to expel the others.
And lest we forget that those activists who were killed 2 years ago were acting very violently against the soldiers trying to stop them at the time. The AP Wire can't be expect to acknowledge that though.
The prime minister said the efforts to bar the hoodlums from entering the country was successful, and:
"We have prevented harm to Israel's sovereignty and also to Israel's image. The main aim is to prevent violent images and provocations," deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon told army radio.Yes, and why don't they just read a book or go an amusement park and not waste time and money over falsehoods, lies, and hatemongering.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday advised activists to concentrate on solving "real problems" in the region.
"We appreciate your choosing to make Israel the object of your humanitarian concerns," he said. "We know there were many other worthy choices. You could have chosen to protest the Syrian regime's daily savagery against its own people, which has claimed thousands of lives.
"We therefore suggest that you first solve the real problems of the region, and then come back and share with us your experience," he said.
"Have a nice flight."