Airlines cancel activists' flights to Israel
Friday, April 13, 2012
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A coordinator of a mass fly-in of pro-Palestinian activists into Israel's main airport say airlines have canceled flights for at least 100 people.
Amira Musallam said Saturday that activists notified her via email that Lufthansa, EasyJet and Air France canceled the flight reservations of some suspected activists.
Musallam says she still expects hundreds to arrive, beginning Saturday evening and continuing through Sunday.
The "Welcome to Palestine" project seeks to raise attention to how Israel controls access into Palestinian areas. Unless travelers give false information about their intention to visit such places, they risk being detained and questioned, sometimes for hours.
Israel sees the move as a provocation and is vowing to deport the activists.