Netanyahu: Effort to travel to the occupied territories through Ben Gurion Airport is ‘an effort to undermine Israel’s right to exist’

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The Israeli government has redeployed some of its flotilla hyperbole arsenal in preparation for the upcoming “Welcome to Palestine” campaign. During this initiative activists are flying to Ben Gurion airport and announcing their intention to travel to the West Bank when interviewed at passport control. Benjamin Netenyahu has said this simple act constitutes “a continuation of the efforts to undermine Israel’s right to exist.” From +972:

A police source told the daily Maariv that an effort will be made to locate the activists before they board their flights to Israel. “Those who will try to disturb public order will be dealt with,” a spokesperson for the Foreign Office told the site Walla.co.il.
 

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office has released a statement declaring that the arrival of the protesters “is a continuation of the efforts to undermine Israel’s right to exist.” Netanyahu ordered the Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharomowitz (Israel Beitenu) to handle the preparation of all security agencies to the arrival of the activists. Aharonowitz will conduct a joint session of senior police officials tomorrow, the Army Radio reported.
 

“We will block those Hooligans from entering the state,” Aharonowitz told the press today.
 

The local media has labeled the event as “the air flotilla.”

The obvious question is – at this point, what doesn’t Netanyahu consider to be an effort to undermine Israel’s right to exist?

Sam Bahour, a coordinator of the Right to Enter Campaign, has an article about the effort in today’s Guardian. From “Welcome to Palestine – if you can get in“:

Palestinians have globally touted an array of rights that Israel systematically denies. There is the right of return, the right of freedom of movement, the right to water, the right to education, the right to enter (not to be confused with refugees’ right to return) and so on.
 

But the right to receive visitors, or lack thereof? This is the most recent addition. The prohibition on freely receiving foreign visitors is as disturbing as it is shocking, especially for a country that claims to be the only beacon of democracy in the Middle East.
 

Yes, you read correctly. Israel is threatening to refuse to allow Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian territory to receive visitors from abroad. We are not talking here about visitors such as the 5 million Palestinian refugees whom Israel has refused to allow to return to their homes after being expelled by force and fear when Israel was founded in 1948. Rather, the issue now is that foreigners who desire to visit the occupied Palestinian territory are being denied entry into Israel.
 

Remember, there is no other way to get to the Palestinian territory of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which is under military occupation by Israel, except by passing through Israeli-controlled points of entry such as Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv or one of Israel’s sea ports or land crossings. The entry point to the Gaza Strip from the West Bank requires passage through Israel as well.

So, more than 300 international activists plan to arrive in Tel Aviv during the week of 8 July at the invitation of 30 Palestinian civil society organisations, to participate in an initiative named “Welcome to Palestine“. Delegations from France, Great Britain, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, the USA, Japan and several African countries are expected.
 

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport, the invited guests, all from countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel, will make no secret of their intent to go to the occupied Palestinian territory. This nonviolent act, a civil society tsunami of sorts, only comes after Israel’s restriction of movement and access to and from Palestine for Palestinians and foreigners has exhausted all established channels that carry the responsibility to uphold international law first and their domestic laws second.
 

The greatest inaction has come from the US state department, even though it has put on record, multiple times, the fact that Israel is discriminating at its borders against US citizens.

21 Responses

  1. seafoid
    July 5, 2011, 3:25 pm

    The YESHA project and the settlers destroyed Israel’s right to exist.
    Fact.

    You can’t take over the 22% of the land you didn’t get first time around via ethnic cleansing and rule it for 44 years and then ask for what you had originally back.

    It is like the Pottery Barn . You broke Palestine, you live with the consequences.

  2. Jethro
    July 5, 2011, 3:31 pm

    All we all just so used to Israel’s criminal behavior that the meaning of this barely registers:

    “A police source told the daily Maariv that an effort will be made to locate the activists before they board their flights to Israel. ”

    Apparently, it doesn’t matter what country you’re in. And they have no problem saying it out loud. Sick, sick place.

    • Jethro
      July 5, 2011, 7:09 pm

      oops. That’s “ARE we all just so used to Israel’s criminal behavior that….”

    • Citizen
      July 6, 2011, 5:48 am

      Yeah, Israel reminds me of the film, The Matrix.

  3. Dan Crowther
    July 5, 2011, 4:13 pm

    This is your brain – this is your brain on zionism. I cant wait for it to all come crashing down for these people. I think a more concerted effort to restrict the international movement of Israeli’s is in order.

  4. Charon
    July 5, 2011, 4:34 pm

    The message is quite clear now. Israel does not want peace. They do not want any Palestinians West of the Jordan River. They’ve spent over 40 years building settlements and stalling imaginary peace deals while using their PR muscle and Hasbara Fellowship to silence critics.

    Gaza is an open air prison for a reason. Bedouin settlements are destroyed for a reason. Palestinians are isolated in their WB areas for a reason. They have their citizenship revoked for a reason. They make their lives miserable for a reason.

    Ever since 1948 (and even before that) the Zionists have attempted to ethnically cleanse the land and change history, but they have been unsuccessful. They stole/murdered the children of Yemen Jews and sterilized Ethiopian Jews. Anybody who can think for themselves know exactly what is happening here.

    Bringing global attention by using flotillas or organizing this air campaign are steps that will lead to exposing the truth. When the majority starts demanding they make peace with their neighbors, it undermines the whole 63 year operation which is “Israel’s right to exist” in their minds. Zionists are brainwashed (ask them) into believing that the price they pay for losing Israel is another holocaust. Any peaceful solution is the symbolic end of Israel for these people. They probably think even a symbolic end leads to another holocaust.

    Despite all their best efforts to alter history and erase Palestinian identity, the Palestinians have not forgotten. David Ben-Gurion even ignorantly said they would forget after a few generations. They did not. Israel may have bulldozed their houses and grave yards and villages, they destroyed their unique culture and costumes (which is as bad as murder), but they didn’t destroy history. You cannot cover up a lie forever.

    • RoHa
      July 5, 2011, 9:40 pm

      “they destroyed their unique culture and costumes (which is as bad as murder)”

      That’s just ridiculous. The case against Israel is quite bad enough (and includes multiple real murders) without such hyperbole.

      • Chaos4700
        July 7, 2011, 10:43 pm

        Genocide isn’t merely murder on a grand scale. It’s a concerted effort to erase a people entirely.

      • RoHa
        July 9, 2011, 10:02 pm

        “Genocide isn’t merely murder on a grand scale. It’s a concerted effort to erase a people entirely.”

        The legal definitions of genocide are such that it is possible to be guilty of genocide without killing anyone.

        But I think it is ridiculous to suggest that is worse than murder.

        (Of course, I don’t really care about “peoples”. I think people are much more important.)

  5. radii
    July 5, 2011, 4:48 pm

    israel’s ongoing land-grabs and ethnic-cleansing date back decades … and only the words change from time-to-time … the actions remain the same – sometime speeded up, sometimes slowed down, sometimes hidden for a while by trickery … but the result is the same …. Jews have a right to exist, and live in safety, and peace, and happiness, and to prosper and to have all the joys life can offer – but zionism has proven itself to be a cancer upon the world and the brutal nation-state of Israel has no such “right” to exist … sure, jews can live in that area, alongside the indigenous Palestinians (and Armenians, Druze, Coptics, etc) but you have to be a good neighbor to have good neighbors and zionists have shown themselves to be MONSTERS, not neighbors

  6. seafoid
    July 5, 2011, 5:13 pm

    Imagine if the Ukrainian feminists FEMEN could make it to Israel to protest against the country’s key role in the sex slavery business. At Ben gurion or anywhere.

    link to en.wikipedia.org

  7. MRW
    July 5, 2011, 6:05 pm

    Insane.

    • James
      July 5, 2011, 7:58 pm

      that is a good word to describe it!

      netanyahu and every zionist before and after him is undermining israels ability to continue to exist… they just haven’t figured it out yet.. learning how to live in equality with others on the planet is what this and so many issues facing the planet are about… some get it and some don’t.. at this point in time, israel as a country hasn’t figured this out yet… until they do, they are in deep trouble… having power and learning how to live peacefully with others are two very separate approaches to life… israel has chosen the former over the later. they will reap the results and it will not be pretty..

  8. Pamela Olson
    July 5, 2011, 6:13 pm

    There’s only one F-word in my entire book, and it has to do with trying to get another Israeli tourist visa to get back into Palestine. Crossing borders was by far the worst part of living there, for me. It left deep scars of anger bordering sometimes on hatred. The obtuseness and hostility, the fact that they held access to your job, your house, your plans, your friends — your life — in their gun-toting teenaged hands. The way they invade your privacy and try to blackmail you into giving them the names of all the Palestinians you know, the way they make you feel helpless and bully you into silence. It’s intolerable.

    • Citizen
      July 6, 2011, 5:51 am

      It does not seem to bother Obama. I guess all he really cares about his are those sweet endless tourist trips he gets to take his family on in high luxury. Oh yeah, and that nice healthy garden the US Park Service grows and maintains so he and his family stay healthy.

  9. eljay
    July 5, 2011, 6:26 pm

    >> The Israeli government has redeployed some of its flotilla hyperbole arsenal in preparation for the upcoming “Welcome to Palestine” campaign. During this initiative activists are flying to Ben Gurion airport and announcing their intention to travel to the West Bank when interviewed at passport control. Benjamin Netenyahu has said this simple act constitutes “a continuation of the efforts to undermine Israel’s right to exist.”

    Damn you, Hamas!!!

    Seriously, though, Bibi needs a brain enema or something. The guy is just plain nuts.

    • ToivoS
      July 5, 2011, 9:50 pm

      Brain enema? What a colorful image. Drill small hole in skull, inject a mixture of digestive enzymes, let incubate for 20 minutes then purge.

  10. Pixel
    July 6, 2011, 12:18 am

    “air flotilla.” I like that.

    “Hooligans…” Who in the world still uses a term like “Hooligans”?

  11. Citizen
    July 6, 2011, 5:45 am

    July 8: Free Gaza air flotilla to descen on Israel. Bibi & Co going crazy. link to t.co

  12. DICKERSON3870
    July 6, 2011, 2:19 pm

    RE: “what doesn’t Netanyahu consider to be an effort to undermine Israel’s right to exist?” – Adam Horowitz

    MY SNARK: So many “infiltrators”, so little time! One “existential threat” after another.

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