Israel 'knows of activists who want to cause disturbances'
LAST UPDATED: 04/14/2012 20:38
Israel told European countries it was aware of pro-Palestinian activists who are intent on causing disturbances if they touch down in Israel as part of the 'flytilla' on Sunday, Public Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch said Saturday evening.
Speaking of communications between Israel and foreign governments and airlines, which included an Israeli transfer of names on a no-fly blacklist, Aharonovitch said, "We've asked them not to allow boarding for those who were identified by us. They acted pretty much accordingly."
The public security minister, who has ministerial responsibility for Israel's response to the attempt by large numbers of pro-Palestinian activists to touch down in Israel, said a passenger plane with activists could land in Israel as early as Saturday night.
"We've started initial preparations tonight," he said on Saturday. "Tomorrow is the main day... clear instructions have been given to the police, the interior minister... to prevent provocations and not allow disturbances at Ben Gurion Airport," he added.