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Israel blocks entry to pro-Palestinian 'fly-in' activists

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Israel blocks entry to pro-Palestinian 'fly-in' activists
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Scuffles have broken out at Brussels airport, after dozens of pro-Palestinian activists were blocked from boarding a flight to Israel.

Organisers of the so-called “fly-in” say more than a thousand Palestinian supporters across Europe had booked tickets.

Israel has drawn up a list of banned activists and passed it to airlines.

“Apparently, Israel is a closed country. I didn’t know that,” says an activist. “They told me here at the airport that my name is on the list. No one can provide an explanation.”

The Palestinian supporters are said to have been planning on travelling to the occupied West Bank.

A Israeli Peace Movement member disagreed with the action:

“This is not the way to do it. The public opinion here is not going to change the government in Israel and will not move the negotiations forward, regretfully.”

Activists have also been stopped from boarding a flight in Paris, to Tel Aviv.

Israel has denounced the Palestinian supporters as “provocateurs.”

A police spokesman says four people who’ve arrived on a flight from France have been detained.