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PA Activists Hope for 'Fly In' at Ben Gurion Airport

PA activists have plans for an activists' "fly-in" to Ben Gurion Int'l Airport on "Naksa Day" and on July 8. But it may just be a lot of hot air.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 6/2/2011, 10:28 AM / Last Update: 6/2/2011, 2:11 PM

Yoni Kempinski

While Israeli media is busy with stories about the latest upcoming attempts by Turkish and European activists to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, the Palestinian Authority has other plans.

According to a report published by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, the PA is urging activists to converge en masse on Ben Gurion International Airport on July 8.

Another group is being encouraged by the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza to conduct a “fly-in” to BGIA on June 4-5 for “Naksa Day,” also known as the “Day of the Setback,” as the Arab surrender in the 1967 Six Day War is referred to by the Arab world.

Those who participate are expected to hold a demonstration at the airport and then travel to Judea and Samaria for solidarity meetings with local PA Arabs.

Some 15 pro-PA organizations such as the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) are behind the “fly-in.”

The hoped-for “solidarity action” is aimed at embarrassing the Israeli government and raising awareness of the so-called “right of return” for millions of foreign Arabs descended from those who fled the country during and prior to the 1948 war for Israel's independence.

The target date falls one day prior to the seventh anniversary of the day on which the International Criminal Court at The Hague published its advisory opinion that Israel's security/separation wall was erected illegally.

There has been a sparse response to the initiative, however: Organizers claim that 500 people have signed up for the “fly-in” – essentially, one planeload of passengers.

Given the tight security at BGIA even at the most peaceful of times, the attempt may fizzle long before the activists even reach the terminal.