Israel Deporting Final Pro-Palestinian Activists

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad supporters burn an American
and Israeli flags at a rally in 2004. (AP Images/Adel Hana)

Israel intends to expel
81 pro-Palestinian activists in coming days who arrived at Ben-Gurion
International Airport last week, reported local media.

The activists are the last batch of over
a hundred people who landed at Ben-Gurion as part of the “fly-in,” an
event led by the “Welcome Palestine” organization.

The event’s organizers originally
planned to fly upwards of 1,000 international activists to Israel, in
order to stage Palestinian solidarity events in the West Bank and

The activists, among them nationals from
France, Spain and Ireland, are currently detained at “Givon,” a holding
facility in central Israel for illegal migrants, the Yedioth Aharonot
daily reported on Monday.

Immigration officials are coordinating
the deportations with foreign airlines in order to place the activists
on flights to Europe.

“We hope to have all of them on flights by Tuesday,” said Immigration and Population Authority (IPA) spokeswoman Sabin Hadad.

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