Israel to deport barred pro-Palestinian activists
Friday, July 8, 2011
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel says all pro-Palestinian activists detained at the country's international airport will be sent home soon.
Israel's interior ministry says it questioned over 400 activists who landed over the past two days in what activists described as a peaceful mission to highlight what they perceive as Palestinian suffering in the West Bank.
Police say 124 were detained, six have been sent home and the rest were allowed in.
Police spokesman Hillel Sertouk says 35 activists who flew in on a German flight were denied entry on Saturday.
Sertouk dismissed claims of ill-treatment by some activists. He says "everything was done gently and humanely."
Israel is cautious about a mass arrival of activists because they could join violent protests.