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"Swedish airport bans Israeli security procedures"
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Swedish airport bans Israeli security procedures
TEL AVIV, Israel -- Stockholm's international airport has refused to allow
Israeli security inspections to take place, forcing an Israeli airline to
stop its service, daily Haaretz reported Thursday.
Israeli security procedures, which often involve ethnic and personal
profiling, were prohibited from taking place at Denmark's Copenhagen airport
The measures, which are formulated by Shin Bet security services, are now
also prohibited at Sweden's Malmo and Stockholm airports, Haaretz said.
Israeli airline Arkia has stopped flying to Stockholm's airport in light of
"We are talking with security authorities in Sweden and other countries
where problems have surfaced, to understand the meaning of the new
restrictions imposed on Israeli flights," Haaretz quoted Israel's Transport
Ministry as saying.
A recent Welcome to Palestine campaign, which invited internationals to
visit Palestine from April 15-21, saw hundreds of people barred from
boarding flights to Tel Aviv.
Organizers said that over 60 percent of the expected 1,500 arrivals had
flights canceled by airlines, after Israel circulated a blacklist of
passengers and warned it would fine carriers.
Campaign leaders said Israel was subcontracting the occupation and asking
others to do its dirty work, in reference to international airlines
preventing participants from boarding their flights.
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