Gaza fly-in hits turbulence

Security forces brace for potential disruption at Ben Gurion International Airport. European airlines stop blacklisted passengers from boarding planes; six pro-Palestinian activists deported

Is the Gaza fly-in fizzling out? Security forces were on high alert at Ben Gurion International Airport Friday, ahead of the potentially volatile “Gaza flytilla.”

Order was maintained at the airport throughout the morning, as many foreign airlines implemented Israel’s blacklisted activists memo, which was distributed on Thursday, and barred pro-Palestinian activists from boarding Israel-bound flights.

Two American activists, who arrived in Israel from Athens overnight as part of the fly-in, were refused entry by Ben Gurion Airport authorities.

The two women arrived at Israel’s gates dressed in Gaza flotilla shirts. Border control officers who interviewed them, as they do every individual entering Israel through the airport, determined that “their expressed purpose was to disrupt public order and cause provocation.”  Read more.

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