100s plan Israel flights on way to GazaSubmitted by cooper11 on Tue, 07/05/2011 - 04:56
Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists plan to fly to Israel before heading for Gaza after pressures by the Tel Aviv regime blocked other campaigners from reaching the impoverished enclave.
"We have responded to a call from Palestinian associations and about 500 hundred of us, women, men and children, will leave on July 8 to show them the world hasn't forgotten them," the organizers said, AFP reported on Monday.
The group will swarm the Ben Gurion International Airport southeast of Tel Aviv to protest the imposed siege against the Gaza Strip by the Israeli regime since 2007.
The blockade has deprived the entire 1.5 million Palestinian population of the territory of food, medicine, fuel and other necessities.
The campaigners include some 300 French nationals and others from Belgium, Germany, Italy, and the United States.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered aviation authorities to block the move. Media reports say all European passengers will be taken to a separate terminal and subjected to tight screening.
The activists, however, said, " Israel has no right to refuse us entry to the occupied Palestinian territories."
The planned effort comes after Greek authorities stood in the way of their fellow humanitarian campaigners that intended to sail to Gaza, apparently buckling under political pressures by the Israeli regime and its key allies in the US and Europe.