Report: Foreign pro-Palestinian Activists Clash With IDF in West Bank

'Fly-in' activists take part in demonstration in West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, Channel 10 reports; four foreign nationals taken in for questioning.

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Several dozen leftists, including a number of foreign activists who arrived in Israel in recent days as part of the "fly-in", clashed with Israel security forces during a demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Saturday, Channel 10 reported.

According to the report, four foreign activists were taken in for questioning at the demonstration.

Palestinian protesters are pushed back by Israeli border police during a rally at the Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 9, 2011.Credit: Reuters

Army Radio reported that foreign activists took part in several demonstrations throughout the West Bank on Saturday.

While authorities were able to thwart dozens of "fly-in" activists from entering Israel, a number of activists reportedly succeeded in entering Israel and reaching the West Bank.

Foreign airlines operating in Israel said on Saturday that they will have a hard time flying large groups of pro-Palestinian activists who were refused entry into the country back to their destinations of origin.

A senior official for one of the large European carriers told Haaretz that "The airlines will have a hard time dealing all at once with large groups of pro-Palestinian activists that Israel wants to deport."

"We're talking about the peak of summer traveling season and the flights are full. We'll have to act accordingly and make different preparations, but first of all, we'll have to receive instructions from the head of the aviation authority in Israel for the deportation of the activists," he said.

"At present, we are unprepared to deal with this, in terms of human resources and in terms of amount of planes," the official added.

The authorities are expected to deport more than 100 pro-Palestinian activists that landed at Ben Gurion airport in the past few days. The last group of 35 activists landed on Friday just before midnight on a Lufthansa flight from Farnkfurt, and were transferred to a police detention facility.

The airline official estimated that the massive deportation will once begin on Sunday, continuing into the week, and will occur in small groups.

The official also said that in the event of violent resistance or physical commotions on the plane on the part of the deportees, the plane's captain is entitled to decide not to carry them on board. The official referenced the return of deportees that arrived in Israel on the Gaza flotilla in June 2010, during which the activists caused disruptions on the flights, delaying them.



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