A reported 310 of the activists were held by Israeli officials in Tel Aviv for questioning, of those 69 were outright denied entry to the country, four were immediately sent back to their homeland and 65 were held until return flights could be arranged.
Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, told the Associated Press that the list was comprised of people whom would be considered “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.
Meanwhile organizers of the Pro-Palestine event were up in arms over the bully tactics that were executed by Israeli officials, accusing them of throwing a wrench in a campaign that was scheduled to be a peaceful gathering. The group released a statement calling the moves to prevent activists from reaching Israel “provocative, blackmailing and illegal.”
The Israeli government is keeping close tabs on the online shenanigans of those who plan on using Facebook and other online social networking sites in order to rally anti-Israel events.