Israeli security forces are gearing up for yet another pro-Palestinian protest, expecting hundreds of anti-Jewish activists to fly into Ben-Gurion airport on Sunday, Haaretz reports.
The effort, part of the “Welcome to Palestine” campaign, is the follow up to last summer’s failed attempt to flood the Jewish state with international pro-Palestine groups, in which over 300 activists arrived in Israel, more than 100 of which were detained.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch commented on the situation: “Israel will prevent this provocation, as every country prohibits hostile elements from entering their borders.
“The provocateurs will be dealt with firmly and quickly, there will be no chases in the halls of the airport,” he added. “Israel police and relevant organizations are prepared to preserve the normal airport routine while preventing any extreme provocations.”
Israel is working with governments around the world who intend on preventing black-listed activists from boarding flights in their home countries.
And although the activists claim to have non-violent intentions, their destabilizing actions prevent Israeli security forces from focusing on more important and pressing matters – like the continued barrage of rockets from Gaza, the encroaching threat of Iranian nuclear weapons, and the growing instability of the Sinai in light of the revolutions in Egypt.