Israel’s ‘moral clarity’ letter frustrates Islamic-Fascists and radical leftists so-called “activists”
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fly-in protest is a bust – israel today
Sunday, April 15, 2012 | Ryan Jones
Israel was on
alert Sunday for a planned mass fly-in protest,
or “flytilla,” by foreign anti-Israel activists
protesting the Jewish state’s control of Judea
and Samaria, including the eastern half of
Jerusalem. But by the end of the work day, a mere
27 activists had managed to land in Israel. They
were quickly detained and deported.
The stunt was largely thwarted by Israel
loudly publicizing the fact that it would deny
entry to the activists, insisting that they were
arriving for the sole purpose of provoking
unrest. As a result, most airlines cancelled the
activists’ tickets rather than be billed for
their return flights upon deportation from
Israel. Unable to even reach Israel, hundreds of
the activists demonstrated at an airport in
Those who did make it to Israel were presented
an official letter of welcome by Israel’s Foreign
Ministry. The wry letter read:
We appreciate your choosing to make Israel the
object of your humanitarian concerns. We know
there were many other worthy choices.
You could have chosen to protest they 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.
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.
The letter was seen as a public relations
victory, as it strongly highlighted the grossly
exaggerated attention paid to Israel and its
conflict with the Palestinian Arabs, a conflict
that pales in comparison with so many other
crises around the world. For
many, it is that gross exaggeration, that
irrational obsession with what “the Jews” are
doing, that marks such schemes as
Israel to ‘thank’ fly-in activists in mocking
14 Apr 2012
By HERB KEINON, YAAKOV LAPPIN, TOVAH LAZAROFF
Israel plans to bar entry by some 2,000 activists
from at least 15 different countries, mostly in
Europe, either by preventing them from boarding
their flights or by deporting them once they
The activists want to draw attention to Israel’s
practice of barring foreigners it believes could
cause trouble by engaging in pro-Palestinian
activities during their visit.
The letter – drawn up in the Prime Minister’s
Office – noted, that the activists “could have
chosen to protest the Syrian regime’s daily
savagery against its own people, which has
claimed thousands of lives.”
Alternatively, they could have chosen to protest
“the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown on dissent
and support of terrorism throughout the world.”
Or, if they simply had to come to this part of
the globe, they “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.”
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 with a suggestion that the
activists first solve “the real problems of the
region” and then “come back and share with us
In an indication that Israel will not let the
protesters in but will instead deport them back
to their countries of origin, the letter ends
with the line: “Have a nice flight.”
Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry officials said
Saturday night that responsibility for dealing
with the flytilla was in the hands of the Public
Security Ministry, which will be in contact with
the consulates of the countries whose nationals
are to be barred from entering the country.
The Foreign Ministry has over the past few weeks
been in discussions with its counterparts in
capitals around the world, explaining Israel’s
position regarding the fly-in and making clear
that those coming to engage in provocative
actions would not be given an entry visa.
Israeli authorities circulated to the airlines
the names of some 1,200 pro-Palestinian activists
expected to participate, in the hope that the
companies would prevent them from boarding.
One official explained that if someone flies into
a country without the necessary visa or is not
given that visa when he or she lands, the
responsibility – and expense – for flying the
person back falls on the airline.
Already on Wednesday, Amnon Shmueli, who heads
the Immigration Authority at Ben- Gurion Airport,
sent a letter to all airlines with a list of
names of the people it believed were planning on
participating in flytilla, according to a
document posted on its website.
The document said, “Due to statements of
pro-Palestinian radicals to arrive on commercial
flights from abroad to disrupt order and confront
security forces at friction points, it was
decided to deny their entry.”
“Attached is a list of passengers that are denied
entry to Israel. In light of the above mentioned,
you are ordered not board them on your flights,”
the letter states.
“Failure to comply with this directive will
result in sanctions against the airlines.”
According to the website, already as early as
Tuesday a foreign visitor from Sweden who entered
Israel from Eilat was asked to sign a pledge not
to be a member of a pro-Palestinian organization,
not to be in contact with any pro-Palestinian
organizations and not to participate in
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch
confirmed Saturday night that Israel had asked
airlines not to board fly-in passengers.
“They acted pretty much accordingly,” he said.
The public security minister, who is in charge of
Israel’s response to the flytilla, said a
passenger plane with activists could land in
Israel as early as Saturday night.
“We’ve started initial preparations tonight,” he
said on Saturday.
“Tomorrow is the main day…. Clear instructions
have been given to police, the interior
minister… to prevent provocations and not allow
disturbances at Ben-Gurion Airport.”
Those identified by Israel as provocateurs who
manage to circumvent the no-fly lists and land in
Israel will be “isolated from the central
airport,” Aharonovitch said.
Activists who get past all of Israel’s measures
“will be arrested if they cause disturbances,” he
Two European airlines, Jet2.com and Lufthansa,
told passengers on Friday that they planned to
comply with Israel’s demands, according to the
Welcome to Palestine website.
Jet2 advised passengers that Israel had denied
them entry and as such they might not be able to
board their flights. Lufthansa informed the
passengers in question that their tickets had
The pro-Palestinian website #Airflotilla2
uploaded a scanned image of one of the tickets
canceled by Lufthansa and reported that the same
notification had been sent to dozens of activists
on Thursday, informing them that their
reservations had been canceled “by order of
Hundreds of unarmed police officers will guard
the airport on Sunday, when anywhere from 500 to
1,000 activists try to land in Israel, according
to police estimates.
Sunday is expected to be one of Israel’s busiest
air travel days, with some 45,000 passengers
landing and taking off from Ben-Gurion.
Central police district chief Cmdr. Bentsi Sao
will oversee the operation, which is aimed at
ensuring routine at the airport.
Palestinian activist Mazin Qumsiyeh, a professor
at Bethlehem University and one of the organizers
of the event, said that Israel was only harming
itself with its “hysterical” reaction.
“Why do they want people to lie to them at the
airport?” he asked. “Why can’t they say they are
coming to visit us in Bethlehem?”
Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this
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