Prior to deportation, pro-Palestinian activist leaves anti-Semitic drawing on holding facility wall
A swastika was found drawn on the wall of a holding facility for illegal aliens at Ben Gurion Airport, where several foreign pro-Palestinian activists who arrived in Israel as part of the “Welcome to Palestine” fly-in protest were held.
The activist responsible for the drawing was deported back to his country of origin on Monday. “This was the gift the ‘peace activists’ left Israel,” a source at the Immigration Authority said.
The swastika was discovered by the detention facility employees after two foreign activists – citizens of France and Spain – were removed from the building.
The Immigration Authority said that a photograph of the defiled holding facility wall will be distributed to foreign media by the Foreign Ministry.
Sunday’s fly-in saw a total of 79 foreign activists who were banned from entering the country. Twenty-one of the activists have already been sent back to their countries of origin. Some 43 French citizens will be flown back to France over the next few days.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch on Sunday and thanked the Israeli police for its successful handling of the pro-Palestinian fly-in at Ben Gurion Airport.
“The preparation of all elements involved, both operational and diplomatic, had proved itself,” he said.
Meanwhile, the French organizers of the fly-in condemned Israel and Air France for their “racism.” On their website, the organizers claim that one female passenger was not allowed to depart from France simply because she was neither Jewish nor Israeli.
“Only Jews or Israeli citizens were allowed to fly and a young passenger who replied negatively to both questions was grounded,” the message said.
The message noted that this had occurred on a flight from Nice and that legal steps will be taken against the airline.
By Omri Efraim