Sunday, August 26, 2012

'Welcome to Palestine' group set to enter from Jordan

 Maan News Agency
Published today (updated) 26/08/2012 11:31
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Dozens of foreign peace activists have arrived in Jordan over the weekend, poised to try to enter the West Bank for the third 'Welcome to Palestine' initiative, organizers said Sunday.

The campaign aims to assert the right of Palestinians to receive international visitors, despite Israeli control of the borders of the West Bank.

It previously organized two "flytillas," when foreigners stated their intention to visit Palestine on entry to Israeli airport Ben Gurion, drawing Israel to deny entry to many of the passengers and distribute blacklists to airlines.

Since Friday, around 100 activists have arrived in Jordan, and plan to cross the Israeli-controlled border with the West Bank, Allenby Bridge, at 8 p.m. on Sunday, campaign member Samer Jaber told Ma'an.

The group include French, British, German and American supporters, campaigners said.

Political figures will wait in Bethlehem to greet the delegation.

They will then spend five days visiting Jerusalem, refugee camps, the Negev and villages in Hebron that are struggling against Israel's separation wall, Jaber said.

Lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti welcomed the visit as supporting solidarity with the Palestinian people.