flightilla activists at ben gurion 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Israel deported some 23 "Flightilla" activists on Monday, leaving only 58 in Israeli prison awaiting flights out of the country.
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French citizens left Israel on an easyJet flight bound for
Switzerland. In addition, 15 Belgian citizens were sent on a Swiss Air flight to Zurich. Two German citizens were flown on Austrian Airlines to
Austria. One activists from Belgium was released into Israel, after
pledging not to violate any laws.
An additional 38 activists were deported on Sunday
and four others were released into Israel. In total, Israel had
detained 124 activists who flew into Ben Gurion International Airport on
Friday as part of grass roots initiative called Welcome to Palestine,
which was organized by 40 non-governmental Palestinian groups.
Their aim was to protest the Israeli policy of barring pro-Palestinian
international activists from the country, who Israel suspects would
participate in protest activities.
Those activists who did make it through, along with others who were
already in the country, are participating in a week of events in support
of Palestinian statehood and against Israel's continued presence in the
On Tuesday the group will be in Hebron. On Thursday and Friday they plan to be in Jerusalem.