Group calls on A-G to prosecute 'flytilla' activists

April 12, 2012 12:49


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A civil rights group called on Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein Thursday to prosecute pro-Palestinian activists who come to Israel as part of the mass "fly-in" or "flytilla" event scheduled for Sunday.

In its letter to Weinstein, the Israel Law Center (Shurat Hadin) said those "flytilla" activists who come to Israel will be acting in violation of Israeli law, including the Penal Code, the Police Ordinance and Emergency Regulations.

Police estimate that between 500 and 1,000 activists will try to land in Israel on 20 flights from Western Europe and Turkey throughout Sunday. Organizers of the event, officially called "Welcome to Palestine," estimate that closer to 2,000 people will attempt to arrive.

While police view the "flytilla" activists as hostile elements seeking to create provocations, organizers of the event say participants are peaceful supporters of the Palestinians, who want to learn about the issue and participate in nonviolent events.

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