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-- deportation will normalize it and "create a precedent by which the Israeli authorities are 'permitted' to decide on who has the right or not to come visit Palestine;"
-- WPC activists came to challenge Israeli lawlessness;
-- doing so keeps the issue alive; and
-- foreign governments and airlines should be pressured to explain and justify their complicity with Israeli crimes.
Arriving members were mistreated as follows:
"held together in one room and then attacked, forcefully handcuffed and dragged into separate transfer vehicles. They were then forcefully transferred to the (Al Ramla) detention facility....Lawyers have been trying to reach the Ministry of Interior to gain access to (them) to assure they receive their right to legal representation, to visits from their country consular staff, and to call their families."
Moreover, supportive Israelis were denied entrance to Ben-Gurion Airport. Each visitor was asked to confirm travel plans or name arriving passengers they wished to meet - checked against inbound passenger lists.
Those who circumvented security procedures "were immediately attacked even as they peacefully" awaited WPC arrivals. Six, in fact, were arrested.