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Police Arrest First Three 'Fly In' Activists

Three activists arrested at Ben Gurion as police, Border Police and journalists await arrival of anti-Israel activists.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/6/2011, 7:37 PM / Last Update: 7/7/2011, 1:09 AM

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Three anti-Israel activists from France and Belgium were arrested at Ben Gurion Airport Wednesday. Deportation orders have been issued against them and they will soon be flown out of the country. They are believed to be the earliest arrivals in a planned anti-Israeli “fly-in” to Ben Gurion Airport.

The organizers of the hostile “fly-in” said activists would arrive in Israel on Thursday or Friday, and Israeli security forces fanned out at the airport on Wednesday, awaiting their arrival.

Journalists, too, are on hand, awaiting to see whether the anti-Israeli forces succeed in surprising or embarrassing Israel.

The activists apparently plan to declare themselves “tourists” and may be preparing to display propaganda at the airport on their arrival, the Meir Amit Terrorist Information Center reported.

Israel is also taking into consideration more extreme scenarios of security breaches, according to the Minister of Hasbara and Diaspora, Yuli Edelstein. He did not go into detail.

Israel miscalculated the threat posed by supposed “peace activists” last year when pro-Hamas terror activists staged an “aid flotilla” to Gaza. Israeli soldiers boarded a vessel expecting little if any violence and were brutally attacked. This time around, Israel’s security forces are less likely to be caught off guard by the plans of the “peace activists.”

Security forces expect between 500 and 1,000 activists from 17 international organizations to arrive in Israel over the week end. According to Ma’ariv, about 50 potentially problematic flights are receiving extra scrutiny.

Major General Benny Sau, Commander of Police’s Central District, said that the activists cannot come with any kind of weapons, and that they are most likely to try and videotape security forces manhandling them, and then disseminate that video.