Fly-in protest - AFP - 15.4.2012
Activists holding placards reading 'Geneva, new Israeli airport. Palestine will live' and 'freedom of circulation in Palestine' at Geneva airport, April 15, 2012. Photo by AFP
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An Israeli official said that forty percent of the non-Israeli citizens whose names appeared on a Shin Bet blacklist ahead of Sunday's so-called "fly-in" protest by pro-Palestinian activists were added to the list despite the fact that the security service had no concrete information showing they were connected with the protest in any way.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the beating of a pro-Palestinian activist by a senior IDF officer, which was seen in a film posted on YouTube on Sunday. "Such behavior does not characterize IDF soldiers and officers and has no place in the Israel Defense Forces and in the State of Israel," Netanyahu said. Andreas Ias, the Danish activist seen being hit in the face by the officer in the video, said on Monday that the officer's claim that the activists were violent is "a complete lie."

Interior Minister Eli Yishai told a conference organized by right-wing groups in Ramle on Sunday that the government aims to deport tens of thousands of foreigners who crossed into Israel illegally.

Dozens of Beitar Jerusalem soccer fans marched in Jerusalem chanting anti-Arab slogans on their way to a match on Sunday - and beat a woman who objected, the woman said.

Former news anchor Yair Lapid announced on Sunday that his new political party will be called Atid, which means "future," but he was to tell the public whose faces - other than his own - the Future will hold.

An advance team of six UN observers arrived in Damascus on Monday to monitor Syria's 4-day-old cease-fire, as heavy clashes broke out on the Syria-Turkey border between the Syrian army and opposition forces. Twelve people were reportedly killed in the fighting in the country on Monday.

A dozen Iranian nuclear experts visited North Korea last week to observe its failed rocket launch on Friday, South Korea's state news agency reported on Sunday.  "The Iranians undoubtedly were there to observe the missile launch and receive test data from North Korea," the correspondent quoted a diplomatic source, who wished to remain anonymous, as saying.

Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian far-right militant who massacred 77 people last summer gave a clenched-fist salute, smirked at the court and pleaded not guilty on the first day of a trial that threatens to turn into a "circus" showcasing his anti-Islamic views.