April 13, 2012 Arlington VA
What about the Israeli activists crowding our airlines here? Do we deport them? No, We are a democracy, not an iron-curtain government.
CNN is reporting on YNET stories from Israel that the Israeli Government is determined to deport any activitists intending to support "Welcome to Palestine 2012" this coming weekend. They report " Israeli security forces are preparing to deport hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists expected to arrive at the country's main international airport beginning Sunday to protest Israel's policies in the occupied West Bank. Israeli Police will be implementing measures inside and around Ben Gurion airport from the weekend in order to deal with the arrival of activists into the country," Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told CNN .
"We believe, like prisoners in prisons, we are entitled to receive visitors and Palestinians under Israeli occupation are also entitled to receive visitors," said event coordinator Mazin Qumsiyeh. "So we are entitled to get international visitors to come and visit and show solidarity with us to learn about the situation, but Israel chooses to prevent these people from coming,"
Israel's public security minister, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, has called the activists "provocateurs" and Israeli news portal Ynet was told they would "be dealt with in a determined and quick way," by Aharonovich, "If they arrive in Israel they will be identified, removed from the plane, their entry into Israel will be prevented and they will be moved to a detention facility until they are flown out of Israel." Now that's the way a democracy acts!
What the US and other countries need to do is ban the myriad of Israeli politicians, speakers, and other 'activitists' that are pro-Israel from accessing our shores, our people, our media, and prevent them from stirring up anti-Palestinian sentiment. Myabe then Israel will begin to realize that it needs to live by international rules if it expects to be taken seriously. Of course, that won't happen because the Western nations don't have the guts to do it--they would rather listen to Netanyahu and his minions praise the genocide going on in Gaza and the West Bank.