Tag Archive for Ben Gurion Airport

Palestinians rejects UAE’s coronavirus aid sent via flight to Israel

Staying in character to “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity,” the Palestinian leadership rejected the 16 tons of coronavirus medical aid shipment from the UAE to the Palestinians in Gaza & the PA, just because it arrived at Israel’s airport. 

By i24NEWS


The Palestinian Authority (PA) declined a shipment of medical supplies sent by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) via Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, Palestinian news agency Maan reported Thursday.

An unmarked Ithihad Airways plane from Abu Dhabi lands at at Israel’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport with humanitarian aid for the Palestinians. 19 May 2020 – Photo: Israel Airports Authority Spokesman

The PA rejected the shipment, which included 16 tons of medical aid for coping with the coronavirus, just as it arrived at Israel’s airport on Tuesday, according to the report as cited by the Andalou Agency. Continue Reading »

History at Ben Gurion Int’l Airport: Direct Abu Dhabi flight lands in Israel

UAE sends medical equipment on Ithihad Airways’ maiden flight from Abu Dhabi, in a historic non-stop flight to Israel’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport.

By Mordechai Sones


The UAE sent medical equipment on an unmarked Ithihad Airways’ maiden flight from Abu Dhabi (photographed below), in a historic non-stop flight to Israel’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport.

An Ithihad Airways plane tonight landed for the first time ever in Israel, following a direct flight from Abu Dhabi.

An unmarked Ithihad Airways plane from Abu Dhabi parked at Israel’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport. 19 May 2020 – Photo: Israel Airports Authority Spokesman

It is a cargo plane containing medical and humanitarian equipment to deal with the coronavirus pandemic sent by the UAE to the Palestinian Authority and the Gaza Strip, in coordination with Israel. Continue Reading »

EXPOSED: McDonald’s boycotts West Bank

Samarian Regional Council Head Yossi Dagan has charged McDonald’s boycott of Judea and Samaria as illegal under Israeli law, hence that should disqualifiy it from participating in a tender to open a branch at Ben Gurion Airport.

By Marcy Oster, JTA


McDonald’s should not be given a tender to open at Ben Gurion Airport because it will not open branches in Judea and Samaria communities, a Samaria leader has charged.

The unwillingness to open McDonald’s franchises in Judea and Samaria is a boycott and therefore illegal under Israeli law, Samarian Regional Council Head Yossi Dagan has charged, Ynet reported.

McDonald’s Sign in Harlem – Photo: Wikimedia,Sam Smith

“A company that boycotts part of the state must not be allowed to compete in government tenders,” Dagan said in a letter this week to Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, Transport Minister Israel Katz and Airports Authority director-general Yaakov Ganot. Continue Reading »

Syria Threatens to Bomb Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport

Syria’s ambassador to the UN relays message to UN Security Council: Demand halt to Israeli airstrikes in Syria, otherwise we will retaliate against Israel’s international airport outside Tel Aviv.

By Israel Today Staff


Syria’s ambassador to the UN on Tuesday told the world body that his nation (presumably with the help of its Iranian allies) would attack Ben Gurion International Airport if Israel didn’t stop bombing targets in the war-torn country.

“Syria will practice its legitimate right of self-defense and respond to the Israeli aggression on Damascus International Airport in the same way on Tel Aviv airport,” Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari warned members of the UN Security Council, insisting that they “stop the Israeli repeated aggressions on the Syrian Arab republic territories.” Continue Reading »

Israeli parliamentarians denied access to detained American BDS supporter

Three Knesset Members from Meretz were denied entry to the Ben Gurion Airport detention facility upon their  ‘surprise’ visit to see the 22 yr-old American woman who has been held for over five days now.



Meretz Members of Knesset Tamar Zandberg, Issawi Farig and Musi Raz were not allowed to visit Lara Alqasem, the Florida university student who has been detained by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) at Ben-Gurion Airport for alleged Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activity since arriving in Israel on Tuesday.

Lara Al-qasem, once served as Florida University president of Students for Justice in Palestine, an anti-Israel group which supports the BDS movement against Israel’s existence.

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Dutch BDS activist detained at Ben Gurion airport, refused entry by authorities

BDS activist & anti-Israel propagandist Lydia de Leeuw, was detained by Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority at Ben Gurion Int’l airport, then refused an entry visa on Friday by the Interior Minister for persistently taking part in activities against the State of Israel.



A Dutch female BDS activist was refused entry into Israel Friday noon by the Population and Immigration Authority of Ben Gurion airport.

Entry into Israel, Passport Control. – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Lydia de Leeuw had persistently taken part in activities against the State of Israel and demonstrations, and promoted the de-legitimization of and boycott against Israel in the Netherlands. Continue Reading »

Detained at Ben-Gurion Airport, BDS activist denied entry into Israel

After a few questions upon her arrival at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport on Sunday evening, notoriously known anti-Israel activist Ariel Elyse Gold had her visa nullified and was prevented from entering the country.

Ido Ben Porat


Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Sunday prevented an American Jewish BDS activist from entering Israel, at the recommendation of Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan.

The activist, Ariel Elyse Gold, is a recognized anti-Israel activist belonging to the Codepink organization.

Ariel Elyse Gold openly protests on social media against Israel.- Facebook

Gold arrived in Israel a few months ago as a tourist, and during her stay it became known that she is a well-known activist who was leading boycotts against Israel. Continue Reading »

Assad sends threat to Netanyahu: ‘Next time we’ll attack Ben Gurion airport’

Russian President Putin passes a ‘message’ from Assad to PM Netanyahu: ‘Syrian honor is above all else. Attack us one more time, we’ll launch Scud missiles at Ben-Gurion Airport.’

By Mordechai Sones


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad today sent a threat to Israel through Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that if Israel attacked targets in the country again, Syria would respond by firing Scud missiles at Ben-Gurion Airport. “Syrian honor is above all else,” Assad told Putin, who replied that he would convey the message to Israel.

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and President Vladimir Putin of Russia met in Moscow to discuss the military operations in Syria.

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United Airlines announce non-stop Tel Aviv-San Francisco flights


United Airlines’ 787-9 Dreamliner flights will depart Tel Aviv on Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays with return flights departing San Francisco on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays.



It’s about to get a little easier to do business between Silicon Valley and the Start-up Nation.

United Airlines on Thursday announced that it will launch a non-stop flight between Tel Aviv and San Francisco.

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands at San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California, February 15, 2015. – Photo: REUTERS

The three new flights will launch on April 1, just four months after American Airlines lays to rest its non-stop flight between Tel Aviv and Philadelphia.

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China to Begin 3 Flights a Week From Beijing to Israel’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport


Israel’s ambassador convinced Hainan Airlines, China’s largest private airline, that the Israel-China flights will translate into financial gains from the increase in Chinese/Israeli tourism.

By Itamar Eichner


Hainan Airlines, the largest private flight company in China, announced Friday morning the establishment of its first direct flights to and from Israel.

The announcement came after a long string of meetings between embassy officials including Israel’s Ambassador to China Matan Vilnai who convinced the airline’s president of the financial benefits of having flights between the two countries.

Hainan Airlines – Photo: Shutterstock

The flights are due to begin on April 28 and will take place three times a week on Sundays Tuesdays and Thursdays, the days El Al doesn’t fly to Beijing. Continue Reading »

UK student deported from Israel for internet posts ‘posed a security threat’


British activist intercepted at Ben-Gurion Airport, was subjected to full body search, interrogation then returned to Briton.

British student Gary Spedding was deported from Israel on Friday because his social media activity allegedly posed a “security threat.”
British student and activist Gary Spedding.

British student and Palestine activist Gary Spedding. – Photo: Facebook

Spedding defines himself as an activist against anti-Semitism and in favor of finding a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.According to Sky News, Spedding arrived at Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday on a flight from London’s Luton Airport. At immigration, he was taken to an interview room where he was subjected to a full body search and interrogation.Immigration
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Boeing’s new 747-8 lands in Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport


Lufthansa’s 747-8 flight to Israel was an  exhibition flight to promote the new plane, not a regular commercial flight.





Boeing’s new 747-8, the longest commercial passenger airplane in the world, landed at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday for the first time. The Lufthansa airliner was greeted by a festive champagne and hors d’oevres reception attended by Ben-Gurion Airport officials, Lufthansa senior staff, travel industry professionals, the media and airplane enthusiasts.
The Boeing 747-8 airliner after it landed at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday.

The Boeing 747-8 airliner after it landed at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday. – Photo: Yochai Mossi- Courtesy Lufthansa

Lufthansa is the launch customer of the new Boeing “Queen of the Skies,” which is a new generation of the landmark 747-400 that has enhanced features such as improved fuel efficiency, reduced noise and a higher number of business-class seats.

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Worried expatriate workers head to airport’s departure gates

Europeans who sought jobs outside their recession-stricken country, rediscover the charms of home.


Missile attacks in the south and center have upset plans by several companies and institutions that were counting on foreign experts and commercial representatives who are here on long-term contracts.

Heading for the exit from Israel at Ben Gurion Airport.

Heading for the exit from Israel at Ben Gurion Airport. Photo: Nir Keidar

Einat Gez, manager of Relocation Jobs, a company that brings in highly qualified foreign workers, estimates that out of 5,000 experts and employees of foreign companies in the country, 200 had left by the end of last week. Continue Reading »