Flying to Ben Gurion Airport For Palestinian Freedom

Press Release sent by Dr. Gabi Weber – Today July 8th we are flying for Palestinian freedom – and for our own

Hundreds of internationals on their way to visit Palestinians in Gaza have been prevented from departing from the ports in Greece. However, we hope that on July 8th, 2011, hundreds of others of us from many countries will succeed in reaching Palestine by flying to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. We have been invited by some forty Palestinian organizations to “Welcome to Palestine,” a week of activities in Palestine. It should be a wonderful visit, but most of us are frankly a bit scared. This is because of one decision we’ve all made: to tell the truth that our plan is to visit Palestine. It should be so simple, shouldn’t it?  But it is not, because Israel controls all access to Palestine – by air, and by land, as well as by sea.

Even the website of the U.S. State Department warns of “prolonged questioning and thorough searches by Israeli authorities upon entry or departure,” of particularly “probing questioning” visited upon “U.S. citizens whom Israeli authorities suspect of being of Arab, Middle Eastern, or Muslim origin,” who are frequently denied entry. This is also true of visitors who are suspected to sympathize with Palestinians. The U.S. and the European countries refuse to protect their own citizens against these abuses by Israeli authorities.
The draconian and discriminating procedures at the borders of Israel have but one aim: to further isolate Palestinians and reinforce their inferior status; to trap them, away from any outside witnesses, in an increasingly constrictive maze of bantustans, separated by checkpoints and walls.  By failing to insist that Israel allow travel to Palestine, our western governments support Israel’s apartheid policies. In fact, occupied territory is not sovereign territory and Israel’s authority over the occupied Palestinian territories is subject to international humanitarian law. This authority does not include the right to arbitrarily deny entry of foreign passport holders wishing to visit, reside, or work in the occupied Palestinian territories. See http://www.righttoenter.ps/etemplate.php?id=146

We are flying to Ben Gurion on July 8th to visit friends in Palestine, and we insist that our own governments support us in doing so. Supporting our visit to Palestine will be one small step towards bringing about the freedom of movement for all the peoples of Israel/Palestine that is essential for peace and justice in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, the israeli intelligence “Shin Biet” at the so-called the “israel’s interior ministry” and the ministry of transportation handed foreign airlines a list of 300 people who have been blacklisted by Israel. On Wednesday July 7 2011, the Hungarian airline Malev stopped dozens of French peace activists heading for a pro-Palestinian fly-in to Israel from boarding a plane in Paris.

Press Contacts:

PALESTINE: Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, mazin [at] qumsiyeh [dot] org, +972(0)598939532
JERUSALEM: Sergio Yahni, sergioyahni [at] gmail [dot] com, +972(0)526375032
FRANCE:  Nicolas Shahshahani, bienvenuepalestine [at] orange [dot] fr
GERMANY: Sophia Deeg,  sophia_deeg [at] yahoo [dot] de, +49(0)88 007761, +49(0)1799878414
UK: Sofiah MacLeod, secretary [at] scottishpsc [dot] org [dot] uk,+44(0)7931 200 36100, +44(0)131 620 0052
USA: Karin Pally, myizzy [at] gmail [dot] com or kpally [at] earthlink [dot] net, +1 310-399-1921

English articles and stories on the event
http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/06/challenging-racism-by-israelis-on-every-front/
http://www.alternet.org/news/151491/activists_challenge_israel’s_other_blockade_by_air

Other related websites/links:
http://www.righttoenter.ps
http://www.palestinejn.org
http://bienvenuepalestine.com (French and English)
http://www.kopi-online.de/8juli2011/ (German)

8 comments to Flying to Ben Gurion Airport For Palestinian Freedom

  • Barry

    Will the activists fly to Syria next or do they not care about the Syrian Government massacring thousands of innocents?

    • rotorman

      Don’t worry your little head about Syria and I am sure you will not. The issue at hand is Israel and its criminality and not Syria. You are like someone who goes to a “save the planet” rally and complains that they should be demonstrating against animal cruelty.

      You must be a zionist Israeli firster.

    • Chris Smith

      Will you also be asking all the activists protesting about Syria to also protest about Israel? Thanks in advance for doing so and raising awareness of this important issue.

  • One important detail. If you intend to hire a car to travel to what’s remains of Palestine, do not hire one with Israeli plates. Remaining Palestinian areas are designated war zones and insurance policies no longer apply. This gives the IDF the excuse to turn you back at the check points. You have to find a car rental with Palestinian plates. We managed to find one Palestinian car rental in Jerusalem named Petra some years ago, but I don’t know if they still exist. Expect not to be appreciated in various ways by the Israelis you encounter.

  • BootCampBubba

    there is no such thing as a Palestinian “HomeLand”. There was NEVER an Arab-muslim Palestinian State or Nation that was taken away from Palestinian “citizens”! Palestine describes a geography, not a nation-state, and is a derivation of the word “Philistine”, Ancient Israel’s arch enemy, given to the NATION-STATE of Israel by the Romans as an insult! The so-called “Palestinian people” are muslims the King of Jordan kicked out of Jordan and were taken in by Israel! These expelled Jordanians have ascribed to themselves the term Palestinian in an attempt to displace and destroy Israel, the goal of ALL muslims!!!

    • Chris Smith

      So you think the non-Jews do not belong there but the Jews do?

      Watch Israeli Professor Shlomo Sand’s lecture “Shlomo Sand Challenging notions of a Jewish People” and the movie “Al Nakba”, both available on google videos.

  • carl

    WHO is the lost sheep of the House of Israel? They were not Jews AND the Jews have no right to the NAME OF ISRAEL FOR They had there own name the House of Judah.The ruleing elite that call themselves Jews are not Jews but are the seed of the serpent: spirits (vessels) of the antichrist sent down from heaven by Satan. So go you christian, go to this place called Israel support Jahshuwah enemies.Wake up!!

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