“…organize hundreds of activists promoters from all over the world under the title “Welcome to Palestine”, who would arrive at Bethlehem District of the West Bank during Easter next year, from 15 to 21 April 2012, and engage in educational activity with Palestinian children. The organizers stress that they have no intention to take any violent action or provoke a disturbance at the airport, and their sole intention is to go through Israeli the passport control, like all law-abiding travelers, leave the terminal, get in an orderly fashion on the buses which would be waiting for them and go to meet their Palestinian hosts. The only reason they would be coming to the Israeli airport is that the Palestinians have no airport of their own, and anyone who wants to meet the Palestinians must go through Israel.
Israeli authorities are in the frequent habit of denying entry to Israel to visitors who state their intention of visiting the Occupied Territories, and therefore peace activists from abroad are usually forced to lie and pretend to be tourists who came to visit Israel – but in this case, the hundreds of activists intend to speak the truth and openly inform the immigration authorities of their intentions, thus challenging the Government of Israel’s policies.
“We urge the governments of the world to support the Palestinians’ right to receive visitors, and the right of these governments’ own citizens to openly vist Palestine” states an international petition supporting the initiative, signed by among others the Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa along with Ronnie Kasrilis, a Jewish South African who was a cabinet minister after the fall of apartheid, as well as Tony Benn of the British Labour Party, the Egyptian feminist writer Nawal Saadawi, the well-known professor Noam Chomsky from the United States and many others, including Israeli peace activist Nurit Peled-Elhanan.”
This article is from last year, is this still happening?
I mean, it was on my itinerary to go to Palestine, that was one of the intentions of the trip, but I guess the guides and stuff did not declare that with the airlines or something. But the general motive of the guide company was to get the viewpoints of both Palestine and Israel. We weren’t activists, but we weren’t tourists.
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