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Israel's 'welcome letter' to pro-Palestinian flytilla activists

Pro-Palestinian activists who plan on arriving in Israel on Sunday and Saturday as part of a "flytilla" will receive a formal "welcome" letter from the Israeli government upon their arrival.


"Dear activist, we appreciate your choosing to make Israel the object of your humanitarian concerns," the letter reads. "We know there were many other worthy choices.You could have chosen to protest the Syrian regime's daily savagery against its own people, which has claimed thousands of lives,
Iranian regime's brutal crackdown, or Hamas rule in Gaza.
Therefore we suggest to let you solve first the real problems of the region, and then come back and share with us your experience. Have a nice flight." "


Airlines cancel Israel flights for over 60 percent of pro-Palestinian fly-in protesters -

Activists threatening to sue airlines, including Lufthansa, Air France and Easyjet, for 'bowing to Israeli pressure';


Published: 04.14.12,


Pro-Palestinian activists who plan on arriving in Israel on Sunday and Saturday as part of a "flytilla" will receive a formal "welcome" letter from the Israeli government upon their arrival.


"Dear activist, we appreciate your choosing to make Israel the object of your humanitarian concerns," the letter reads. "We know there were many other worthy choices.You could have chosen to protest the Syrian regime's daily savagery against its own people, which has claimed thousands of lives.


"You could have chosen to protest the Iranian regime's brutal crackdown on dissent and support of terrorism throughout the world. You could have chosen to protest Hamas rule in Gaza, where terror organizations commit a double war crime by firing rockets at civilians and hiding behind civilians.



"But instead you chose to protest against Israel, the Middle East's sole democracy, where women are equal, the press criticizes the government, human rights organizations can operate freely, religious freedom is protected for all and minorities do not live in fear.



The letter concludes: "Therefore we suggest to let you solve first the real problems of the region, and then come back and share with us your experience. Have a nice flight."




Airlines cancel Israel flights for over 60 percent of pro-Palestinian fly-in protesters-

More than 60 percent of the 1,500 pro-Palestinian activists due to arrive in Israel on Sunday to take part in a fly-in protest have received notifications from airlines that their flights were canceled, the spokesman for the "Welcome to Palestine" protest told Haaretz on Saturday.

The activists were planning to arrive in Israel to participate in a protest against West Bank settlement construction that was scheduled to take place on Sunday. Last July, a similar “fly-in” took place, with more than 300 international activists arriving in Israel. Of those activists, 120 were detained.




Among the airlines that notified the activists of flight cancelations were Lufthansa, Air France and Easyjet, Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Bethlehem-based spokesman for the protest said, adding that the activists are threatening to take legal action against the airlines.



Dozens of Israeli activisits are due to await the arrival of the fly-in protesters at the airport. In a notice published on Saturday, Israeli activists said they will await for the fly-in protesters with "welcome signs" and "open arms."






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Added: Apr-14-2012 Occurred On: Apr-14-2012
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