Welcome to Palestine

More than 1200 international activists are scheduled to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, this Sunday for a “fly-in,” protesting Israeli isolation of the West Bank.

The travelers, who include families with children, are participants in Welcome to Palestine 2012, a Palestinian-organized initiative that has invited people to openly visit the West Bank during the second week of Easter.

“There is no way into Palestine other than through Israeli control points. Israel has turned Palestine into a giant prison, but prisoners have a right to receive visitors,” reads a statement on the Welcome to Palestine 2012 website.

Palestinian organizers say they have planned a week-long program for their visitors that include informative tours, cultural exchange programs and helping to build a new school in Bethlehem.

“We invite internationals to come see Palestine for themselves. Come get involved in building…

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