Flubtilla 3

The Ben Gurion airport was pretty quiet this afternoon.  A number of policeman in uniform standing by, no doubt some plain clothes police as well, a  bank of cameras vainly hoping for some action, lines of people waiting to leave Israel, and some coming into the entrance area, all in a very relaxed way.

Israel seemed to have everything under control … and the government letter expressed it well …

Dear activist,

We appreciate your choosing to make Israel the object of your humanitarian concerns. We know there were many other worthy choices. 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.

But instead you chose to protest against Israel, the Middle East’s sole democracy, where women are equal, the press criticizes the government, human rights organizations can operate freely, religious freedom is protected for all and minorities do not live in fear. We therefore suggest that you first solve the real problems of the region, and the come back and share with us your experience.

Have a nice flight.”

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