Israeli police forces are gearing up to confront the hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists heading to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport this weekend.
“We have made arrangements and are prepared for this operation, which is expected to begin from Sunday,” the regime’s police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
The activists are expected to visit the West Bank at the invitation of the “Welcome to Palestine 2012” campaign in an effort to challenge the Israeli regime’s policy of isolating the West Bank.
At least 2,500 people have signed up and most of them have purchased their tickets. This is the third “Welcome to Palestine” campaign dubbed “flytilla”.
Organizers of Welcome to Palestine say that the campaign is a response to Tel Aviv’s attempts to illegalize movements into and out of the Palestinian territories.
“There is no way into Palestine other than through Israeli control points,” the organizers said in a mission statement. “Israel has turned Palestine into a giant prison, but prisoners have a right to receive visitors.”
The Israeli regime has reportedly contacted various airlines to demand that they block activists from boarding planes.
The activists that arrive in Tel Aviv are expected to be arrested by Israeli police forces, according to Israeli radio.
In the second "Welcome to Palestine" campaign in 2011, the activists were harshly treated at Ben Gurion airport and at least 120 of them were arrested upon arrival.
The Israeli officials have attempted to preempt the foreign activists’ campaign by releasing a list to international airlines, demanding that they block 342 passengers from flights to Israel for their pro-Palestinian activities.