PressTV - Tel Aviv arrest of pro-Palestinian activists spark protest:
Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:24PM
Anustup Roy, Press TV, Paris
"Demonstrations have continued in the French capital since Friday after hundreds of pro-palestinians were denied boarding flights to Tel Aviv.
A few made it to Ben Gurion Airport, but were taken into police custody as they landed.
To protest against the arrests, these pro-palestenians organised this protest by word of mouth.
The demonstrators behind me, clad in black, had planned to demonstrate near the Israeli Embassy in Paris, but they were deterred by an overwhelming police presence, sot hey have decided to demonstrate near one of Paris' most spectacular symbols, the Eiffel Tower.
Israeli authorities says the pro-Palestinian Europeans and Americans intended to disturb public order.
Some were sent back from their transit airports like Budapest and Frankfurt, but not without protesting.
Over the weekend, more than a hundred pro-Palestinians were taken into police custody by French Police after they demonstrated near the Paris town hall.
At Roissy Airport, protests continued several hours after their flights had taken off and so did police action.
The organisers of the Welcome to Palestine journey say they are considering legal action.
Israel has blocked all flotillas to Gaza, but this is a rare case where it has blocked pro-palestinian foreigners from travelling to West Bank.
This is the first fly-in or air flotilla and it had people from all walks of life, and all ages, from 9 to 85 years.
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