Airlines Cancel "Flytilla" Tickets at Israel's Request

(AFP) European airlines cancelled tickets for an unspecified number of passengers planning to attend a pro-Palestinian "fly-in" at Ben-Gurion airport outside Tel Aviv this weekend after Israel raised objections. French carrier Air France and British low fares airline said Saturday they had joined Germany's Lufthansa in canceling seats on flights to Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday advised activists to concentrate on solving "real problems" in the region. "You could have chosen to protest the Syrian regime's daily savagery against its own people, which has claimed thousands of lives. You could have chosen to protest the Iranian regime's brutal crackdown on dissent and support of terrorism throughout the world. You could have chosen to protest Hamas rule in Gaza, where terror organizations commit a double war crime by firing rockets at civilians and hiding behind civilians." Netanyahu said Israel was "the Middle East's sole democracy, where women are equal...human rights organizations can operate freely, religious freedom is protected for all. We therefore suggest that you first solve the real problems of the region, and then come back and share with us your experience."

2012-04-16 00:00:00

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