Police, Public Security Ministry gearing up for 'flytilla'

April 9, 2012 20:31

The Public Security Ministry and the Israel Police are making final preparations ahead of an attempt by pro-Palestinian activists to land en masse at Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday and create disturbances.

Police will beef up their presence at the airport and single out activists coming off planes with the intention of arresting them, and deporting them back to their point of origin as quickly as possible, with minimum disruption to ordinary passengers passing through the airport.

Last July, 124 activists were arrested by police an deported. The activists came from the US, Spain, Belgium, France, and Holland.

A small number of activists managed to bypass police and walk out of the airport, though the big majority were intercepted by police. Beforehand, activists whose names appeared on a blacklist were prevented from boarding Israel-bound passenger flights at European airports.

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