Ben Gurion Airport, Israel.
I just witnessed the first arrests of Flytilla extremists, a quick orderly affair, handled efficiently by Israel Police, without any violence. As usual, the media outnumbered “activists” by like 20 to 1. Here’s a somewhat blurry photo of the media chasing the scene to the point where those detained were taken.
Here are a few of the Zionist activists meeting the flytilla folks with an Israeli flag, inquiring during the incident why there is not a flytilla to Syria or other nations where real human rights abuses are taking place.
Israel Police foreign press spokesperson Mickey Rosenfeld told me that, so far, most of the flytilla “activists” have arrived from Geneva and Paris, and that most never got on the flight after the background of those attempting to enter Israel were revealed to airline officials. He added that, among the passengers who made it to Israel, there are have been nearly 40 arrests so far, including 4 arrests of Israelis who came to the airport to cause a disturbance in support of the flytilla “activists”.
In all, he’s expecting the event to go on well into the night, with a total of 20 planes involved in the event.
Israel, in a gesture to the overwhelming majority of the travelers from Geneva and Paris who weren’t involved in flytilla 2, offered passengers roses for any delays or inconvenience the disturbances caused them.
Here are two travelers from Geneva who received the roses talking to the media, clearly happy and moved by the gesture.
- CiF Watch Special Report: Latest Assault on Israel’s legitimacy, ‘Air Flotilla 2′, April 15th, 2012 (cifwatch.com)