By Lia Tarachansky, The Real News Network – 10 July 2011
Testimony: Denied Entry to Israel
While the remaining boats in the Free Gaza Movement’s flotilla are still trying to leave the Greek ports, activists from around the world organized a mass fly-in known as the Flytilla. The activists were invited by Palestinian groups in a campaign called “Welcome to Palestine” and intended to protest Israel’s practice of frequently denying the entry of activists and Diaspora Palestinians into the occupied Territories.
The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky spoke with Laura Durkay, an American activist, while she was being held in the Ben Gurion airport and with Nadine Nasir, a Canadian of Palestinian origin who has been denied entry into Israel multiple times about the experience of Palestinians trying to enter Israel or the occupied Palestinian territories. Most of the hundreds of activists who participated in the Fly-in never left their countries. 124 spent the weekend in an Israeli jail and are being deported in stages. After extensive interrogation, four were allowed entry.