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April 17, 2012

‘Fly-in’ activists draw swastika in holding cell

http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/fly-in_activists_draw_swastika_in_holding_cell_20120417

Hundreds of police officers were deployed in and around Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport on Apr. 15, as a pro-Palestinian "fly-in" to Tel Aviv got off to a slow start on Sunday after Israel scrambled to block activists from boarding flights in Europe. Photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Hundreds of police officers were deployed in and around Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport on Apr. 15, as a pro-Palestinian "fly-in" to Tel Aviv got off to a slow start on Sunday after Israel scrambled to block activists from boarding flights in Europe. Photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Two activists who arrived in Israel as part of the pro-Palestinian “fly-in” protest drew a large swastika on the wall of their holding cell.

The activists, who were deported Monday, were from France and Spain.

The swastika was drawn two days before the country marks Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

A picture of the swastika will be distributed to the foreign media by Israel’s Foreign Ministry, the Immigration Authority told Ynet.

Israel detained 79 activists at Ben Gurion Airport and prevented them from entering the country. Twenty-one of the activists have been returned to their point of origin. More than 50 French activists have refused to be returned home. Deportation measures are in effect to forcibly remove them from the country.

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