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Israel Prepares for Possible Disruptions at Airport

April 11, 2012

Israel is preparing for possible disturbances at Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv on April 15, as hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists are planning to fly in to take part in protests next week.

“Security measures will be implemented both in the airport and outside of it beginning this weekend in order to deal with any disruptions,” Micky Rosenfeld, an Israel police spokesman, said by phone today.

More than 1,500 activists from at least 15 countries will arrive in Israel next week to take part in activities protesting the government’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Welcome to Palestine Campaign said in an e-mailed statement.

The group tried to organize a similar action in July. Several hundred activists were prevented by airlines from flying to Israel or were denied entry into the country at Ben-Gurion, though there were no flight disruptions.

To contact the reporter on this story: Calev Ben-David in Jerusalem at cbendavid@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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