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Anti Israeli Propaganda in Ben Gurion Airport

Anti Israeli Propaganda in Ben Gurion Airport

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Anti-Israeli organizations examine implementingpropaganda displays based on flying large numbersof activists to Ben-Gurion Airport on commercialflights. They seek to express solidarity with thePalestinians, embarrass Israel and impress the"right of return" on international public opinion.Hamas urged "Palestinian refugees" to fly toIsrael's airports for Naksa Day.
Announcement issued by a group of anti-Israeli organizations and activistsfrom the territories and around the globe calling for people to arrive at Israel'sBen-Gurion International Airport on July 8, 2011, and from there to go toJudea and Samaria for a week of solidarity with the Palestinians. It reads"Welcome to Palestine. Join us or help us? How to contribute?" and an emailaddress (From the bienvenuepalestine.com website).

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Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
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Anti-Israeli organizations examine implementingpropaganda displays based on flying large numbersof activists to Ben-Gurion Airport on commercialflights. They seek to express solidarity with thePalestinians, embarrass Israel and impress the"right of return" on international public opinion.Hamas urged "Palestinian refugees" to fly toIsrael's airports for Naksa Day.
Announcement issued by a group of anti-Israeli organizations and activistsfrom the territories and around the globe calling for people to arrive at Israel'sBen-Gurion International Airport on July 8, 2011, and from there to go toJudea and Samaria for a week of solidarity with the Palestinians. It reads"Welcome to Palestine. Join us or help us? How to contribute?" and an emailaddress (From the bienvenuepalestine.com website).

Credit:
Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/site/home/default.asp

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June 1, 2011 
The Meir Amit Intelligence andTerrorism Information Center
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 Anti-Israeli organizations examine implementingpropaganda displays based on flying large numbersof activists to Ben-Gurion Airport on commercialflights. They seek to express solidarity with thePalestinians, embarrass Israel and impress the"right of return" on international public opinion.Hamas urged "Palestinian refugees" to fly toIsrael's airports for Naksa Day.
 Announcement issued by a group of anti-Israeli organizations and activistsfrom the territories and around the globe calling for people to arrive at Israel'sBen-Gurion International Airport on July 8, 2011, and from there to go toJudea and Samaria for a week of solidarity with the Palestinians. It reads"Welcome to Palestine. Join us or help us? How to contribute?" and an emailaddress (From the bienvenuepalestine.com website).
 
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Overview
1. Anti-Israeli Palestinian and Western organizations participating in the campaign todelegitimize Israel
are apparently preparing various types of anti-Israeli propagandadisplays, using Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport as their stage
. Theirobjectives are to show solidarity with the Palestinians, embarrass Israel and raiseinternational public consciousness for the so-called "right of return." The various groups andnetworks regard the displays as an alternative and counterweight to the flotilla currentlybeing organized, whose goal ("lifting the siege of the Gaza Strip") they regard as "toonarrow" (their goals is "lifting the siege from all Palestine").2.
 A call was recently posted on Hamas' main website for "Palestinian refugees" totake regular commercial flights to Israel's airports
(referred to as the airports of "Palestine occupied since 1948")
on June 4 or 5 as part of the events of Naksa Day
(theday commemorating the Arab defeat in the Six Day War) (Palestine-info website, May 28,2011).3.
We do not have concrete information about practical preparations being madeto implement the call
. However,
during the past year some of the networks andorganizations participating in the campaign to delegitimize Israel and bring the"right of return" to public consciousness, tinkered with the idea of sending severalhundred refugees (and their descendents) holding foreign citizenship to Ben-Gurion Airport
. They would carry copies of the deeds to land and pictures of families wholived in Israel before 1948, demand to return to their houses, and
employ lawyers andmedia backup to oppose deportation from Israel
.4. An initiative is scheduled for June 8, 2011, a month after Naksa Day
to send hundredsof activists to Ben-Gurion Airport
. They are supposed come from
various countriesaround the world
, including Germany. After a protest at the airport, they are expected togo to Judea and Samaria for solidarity meetings with Palestinians.
There are 15organizations planning the propaganda event, most of them territory-based andPalestinian. The most prominent organization is the International SolidarityMovement
(ISM), which specializes in obstructing IDF activities in the territories. The ISMsends activists and volunteers from foreign countries to the weekly demonstrations in Bila’in,Ni’lin and other friction points in Judea and Samaria, and its leaders hold central positions inthe flotilla project.5.
In our assessment, the planned propaganda displays at Ben-Gurion Airport arealso a result of internal competition between the organizations and activists
 participating in the campaign to delegitimize Israel. Some of the organizations may regard it
 
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as an opportunity to stand in the international media spotlight by proposing an innovativeinitiative which will embarrass Israel and overshadow the flotilla project.
Hamas calls for "refugees" to assemble at Ben-Gurion Airport for Naksa Day events
6. A group referring to itself as the
Committee Preparing the Return March
called formarking June 5, Naksa Day (the day commemorating the Arab defeat in the Six Day War),
with marches to the borders of Israel
(referred to as "occupied Palestine") from Jordan,Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.7. The committee also called for
Palestinian refugees to fly to Israel's airports
(theairports of "occupied Palestine")
on regular commercial flights
(Hamas' Palestine-infowebsite, May 28, 2011). To date it is unknown
whether Hamas' call is backed bypractical preparations carried out by pro-Palestinian activists
. However, the idea of sending Palestinian refugees (or their descendents) to a propaganda display at Ben-Gurion Airport to raise public consciousness for the so-called "right of return" and to embarrassIsrael
has been tinkered with for the past year by the networks and organizationsparticipating in the campaign to delegitimize Israel
.8. The suggestion to hold a propaganda display of this sort was raised in the past by Dr. PaulLarudee, an anti-Israeli American activist who heads a radical leftist West Coast organizationcalled the Free Palestine Movement (FPM). He has said that his
organization intended, incollaboration with like-minded groups dealing with the so-called "right of return,"to put the idea into practice
.9.
Interviewed by Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV
on June 16, 2011, Larudee said that
various organizations
, among them the
Palestinian Return Centre
(PRC
), a Britishorganization affiliated with Hamas
,
1
and
an American branch of Al-Awda
2
("thereturn"), wanted to
send about 200 Palestinians with European and North Americanpassports to Ben-Gurion Airport
. He said they would take commercial flights departingfrom various countries on the same day, and arrive with copies of property deeds andpictures of families who lived in Israel before 1948, and
demand to implement the "rightof return" and return to their houses
.
1
The
PRC
is an organization affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas which operates in Britain. Hamasactivists who sought asylum in Britain have senior positions on its board of directors. The most prominent of themare Majed Khalil Musa al-Zeer and Zaher Khaled Hassan al-Birawi.
2
 
 Al-Awda
is a pro-Palestinian organization operating in the United States to promote the so-called Palestinian "rightof return." Its full name is the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, PRRC.

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