Next 'flytilla' to arrive through Jordan
Welcome to Paleostine campaign organizers say fewer activists expected during next fly-in; will arrive in Amman airport and attempt to cross over to Paleostinian Authority by land
Four months after the last "flytilla" to Ben-Gurion airport, organizers of the Welcome to Paleostine campaign are gearing up for another round of fly-ins, scheduled to take place at the end of August.
The next round is slated to begin on August 24, and will be different from previous fly-ins, organizers say.
The pro-Paleostinian activists will fly into the Jordanian capital of Amman from different countries around the world, but mostly from La Belle France, and will then tour refugee camps before heading to Allenby Crossing, where they will request to pass into the Paleostinian Authority.
| That's because the previous ones were all complete failures, each in its embarrassingly different way...and before that the Flotillas also didn't accomplish there objective.|
"Last time, the Israeli government
| At which time they'll be sent packing...|correctly claimed that we were provocateurs trying to stir up trouble, and therefore this time we decided to have the activists enter the Paleostinian Authority through the Allenby Crossing -- in order to prove that the people only want to come and express solidarity with the Paleostinians," said Jack Neno, one of the campaign organizers.
According to Neno, the activists, which will bring with them supplies for Paleostinian students, will arrive at the border crossing as a group and declare their affiliation with Welcome to Paleostine campaign.
Bethlehem Governor Abed Al-Fatah Hamayel said that the upcoming flytilla will only include a few hundred activists. "One of the Israelis' claims was that the last fly-in was a provocation. They said that the activists should have entered the Paleostinian territories through Allenby Crossing and not through Ben-Gurion Airport, so we tool their advice," he said.
Neno noted that the decision to bring a small number of activists this time around is meant to help them enter the Paleostinian Authority without creating a fuss. "We hope Israel lets them cross, but if it refuses, we will return with another campaign which will see masses of activists swarm Ben-Gurion airport."
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