Israel, Europe turn back pro-Palestinian activists



JERUSALEM (AP) — Officials at Israel’s international airport have deported two pro-Palestinian activists as police remain on alert for hundreds of others who were supposed to come to protest travel restrictions on Palestinians.

Israeli authorities say more activists are expected to arrive later Friday.

Meanwhile, other activists have been blocked at European airports after Israel asked foreign airlines to prevent blacklisted travelers from boarding Israel-bound flights.

Israeli Foreign Ministry official Oded Ben-Hur says only two activists landed overnight and were promptly deported. He says they were Americans who flew in from Greece.

Israel says any peaceful visitors will be allowed in but “provocateurs” will be blocked.