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Israel uses Facebook to blacklist pro-Palestinian protesters
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Sunday Jul 10th, 2011 7:13 PM
by Emil Protalinski
July 10, 2011
ZD Net
Israel used Facebook to compile a pro-Palestinian blacklist of hundreds of names. On Friday, the country’s government then asked foreign airlines to keep those on the list off flights to Israel, prevented many activists from boarding Tel Aviv-bound flights in Europe, questioned dozens more upon arrival at its main airport, and denied entry to select individuals.

Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, said the list comprised of individuals identified as planning to create “provocations” upon arrival. “These people announced on their Internet sites that they planned to come here and cause disruptions, and told their friends. We were able to contact other foreign ministries and simply give them links.” Barring entrance in such cases is “accepted practice in any country,” he added.

Some 200 people were prevented from boarding their flights at European airports, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. “The companies did not allow them on the airplanes because we told them clearly they wouldn’t be able to enter Israel,” said Rosenfeld.

310 of the activists who managed to land in Tel Aviv were detained for questioning, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Hadad told the Associated Press. Of those, 69 were denied entry: four were immediately put on return flights and 65 were held until flights home could be arranged for them. The rest were permitted entry, she said.

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You miss the point, MikeexplainerTuesday Jul 12th, 2011 11:19 PM
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