Israel, Europe turn back pro-Palestinian activists

July 8, 2011 - 2:48 AM
Mideast Israel Palestinians

Israeli police officers stand guard at Ben Gurion international airport near Tel Aviv , Israel,Thursday, July 7, 2011. Hundreds of pro-Palestinian foreign activists planned to fly into Tel Aviv this week, prompting Israeli warnings that security would be beefed up at the country's already heavily fortified international airport.The campaign coincides with a separate attempt to break Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip with an international flotilla. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Officials at Israel's international airport have deported two pro-Palestinian activists as police remain on alert for hundreds of others who were supposed to come to protest travel restrictions on Palestinians.

Israeli authorities say more activists are expected to arrive later Friday.

Meanwhile, other activists have been blocked at European airports after Israel asked foreign airlines to prevent blacklisted travelers from boarding Israel-bound flights.

Israeli Foreign Ministry official Oded Ben-Hur says only two activists landed overnight and were promptly deported. He says they were Americans who flew in from Greece.

Israel says any peaceful visitors will be allowed in but "provocateurs" will be blocked.