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Israel: The fear of a 'flytilla' - Inside Story - Al Jazeera Englishwww.aljazeera.com/programmes/.../04/201241714839661426.html"It has always been an axiom of the Israeli foreign policy to isolate Pal [ ... ]


'‫Wel‬come to Palestine' Fly-in: "We invite international citizens to come, see, and get involved" wtp2012palestine

"There's no way into the occupied Palestinian territories other than the Israeli control points. Israel has turned Palestine into a giant prison, but even prisoners have the right to receive visitors."

On the 15th of April, an international delegation will board planes, under the title 'Welcome to Palestine'. Families from all across Europe will arrive with their children, to help build the first international school in Palestine, in the city of Bethlehem, at the invitation of a coalition of Palestinian groups, 'Welcome to Palestine'.

Coalition spokesperson, Mazin Qumsiyeh says "We are over 25 palestinian organizations. We invite international citizens to come see Palestine for themselves. Come get involved, building the school and other peaceful activities in palestine."

The delegation is scheduled to land in the Ben-Gurion Airport, and is already challenging the tolerance of the security apparatus in Israel. A news item on Reuters reports that the French government has already warned the families not to go, for fear of detentions by the Israeli authorities. Israel has already stated that "It would not allow anybody who threatened the public order to enter the country."

"The delegation has no intention of lying in the airport," says French delegation Member, Nicolas Shahshahani (64), "We don't see Israel as a field for our political action. Since there's no airport in the West Bank, there's no way into the occupied Palestinian territories other than the Israeli control points."

Last year, approximately a thousand police personnel were spread over Ben-Gurion Airport, as a reaction to the Fly-in. Only 7 of a few hundreds of delegation members reached their destination in the West Bank, with the aim of planting olive trees that have been uprooted by the army. The 127 passengers, who insisted on their right to freedom of movement, were held in custody for 4-5 days. Subsequently, they were deported through Ben-Gurion Airport, escorted by the police.

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CGTRoissyPress statement by CGT trade union at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris

(Original statement in French<)

CGT's Roissy-CDG union branch supports the international mission that will visit Palestine April 15, 2012, and demands that the freedomof movement of the participants is guaranteed by the authorities.

In July 2011, the French authorities flagrantly violated this right by preventing participants in Welcome to Palestine 2011 from embarking on their flights at Roissy-CDG, accededing to a demand by the Israeli authorities..

This happened because the travellers to Palestine defended the rights of the Palestinian people. This situation is reminiscent of the arbitrary treatment that

Palestinians have to face daily.

It is impossible to access the West Bank without passing through Tel Aviv. The Israeli authorities control all access to Palestinian territory.. We are not surprised that

an international peace mission defending the rights of Palestinians will encounter opposition from Israel but we reject the complicity of the French authorities in this violation of the freedom to travel and demand that they do not play the role of auxiliaries of the jailers of the Palestinian people.

• We condemn the Israeli blockade around the Palestinian territory.

• We support international human rights for Palestinians.

• We demand the French authorities to guarantee freedom of travel to participants in the Welcome to Palestine 2012,initiative which begins at Roissy-CDG Airport on 15 April 2012

manuel-hassassian Palestinian Ambassador to the UK Manuel Hassassian has sent a message to all UK MPs asking them to support the Welcome to Palestine 2012 initiative and the right of Palestinians to receive visitors.

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