Two women from Swansea left for Israel this morning to join an international protest against the blockade of Palestine.
Council worker Fiona Williams from Mumbles and book-keeper D.Murphy from Mount Pleasant boarded their plane bound for Ben Guirion airport, Tel Aviv. They are part of a group of 16 people traveling from the UK. Dramatically one man was seized on the steps by Police as they boarded and refused him permission to fly.
In Paris, more than one hundred people have been refused permission to fly to Tel Aviv following demands from Israel. They are refusing to leave Charles De Gaulle airport. In Amsterdam, 2 journalists were also refused permission to fly.
It is expected that Israel will deport many of people once they arrive in Tel Aviv.
Fiona Williams said before she left
'We intend to express solidarity with the Palestinians in the West Bank and draw attention to life under Israeli occupation'
Visitors can reach the West Bank only through Israeli-controlled crossings, either through international airports or the land border with Jordan.Citing security concerns, Israel bars most Palestinians from entering Israel or using its airport.
Their plane will touch down in Israel at 13.20pm British Time.
Notes to Editors:
Photos of the 2 Swansea women are available from firstname.lastname@example.org
Details and updates on http://www.swanseapalestine.org/
Interviews with the women maybe possible once they land. To arrange call Paul on 07973 298359