(TEL AVIV, Israel) -- Israel has put a dent in the plans of pro-Palestinian activists to land en masse Friday at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport. More than 200 activists were prevented from boarding their flights in Europe after Israel notified the airlines that the passengers would be denied entry into Israel.
The airlines would have had to foot the bill to fly them back, but another few hundred fly-in activists are beginning to arrive at the airport.
Israeli officials boarded two such flights and detained more than 30 European activists. Two Americans were deported earlier Friday.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor says Israel will continue to detain and deport activists if they give advance notice of their intention to create disturbances.
But Israel did not wait to hear the intentions of more than 200 European activists it banned outright. Palestinian organizers of the fly-in solidarity trip condemned the move, insisting that the activists are peaceful. But Israel says some have already participated in violent demonstrations.
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