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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Six activists were arrested at a tourism expo in Brussels, Belgium on Monday, after they impersonated El Al stewardesses and handed out pamphlets smearing the Israeli airline.
The activists’ uniforms were exact down to the Hebrew name tags, and a number of expo attendees were reportedly fooled by the ruse.
The activists, who police say are members of an anti-war group called “Peace Action,” offered passers-by “vouchers” for a free flight to Israel and invited them to head over to the El Al and Israel Tourism Ministry booths for their free flight.
The “vouchers” were actually pamphlets written in Flemish, detailing what the group claimed was El Al’s role in transporting weapons for the Israel Defense Forces.
Security guards at the event contacted police, who held the activists
for questioning for several hours before releasing them. The activists
could face charges of disturbing the peace. An El Al spokesperson said
the company did not know where the activists obtained the uniforms, or
whether they were homemade.
A spokesperson for Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov said Wednesday that
the protest managed to raise some disturbance at the beginning of the
expo but was quickly dealt with, and the rest of the event was a
success for the ministry.
The spokesperson referred to such expos as crucial to allowing “Israel
to present itself to the world” and said that events like Monday’s,
which happen “only from time to time,” do not overshadow the importance
of such gatherings.