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Border Control Breakdown at Ben Gurion Airport

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Some 1,300 Israelis passed through border control at Ben Gurion International Airport this week without having their passports checked.

The Interior Ministry’s computer system broke down over the weekend, according to a report posted on the Hebrew-language Ynet site, leading to several hours of chaos in which passports of returning Israelis simply were no checked.

The system may have been overworked by the all-time record number of passengers who entered the country last Thursday.

By Friday, airport staff was reduced to manual processing, leading to long lines at passport control. Returning Israelis were warned to call the Interior Ministry on Sunday morning.

Computer technicians worked frantically, but it took more than three hours before they managed to fix the bug.

On Sunday, phone calls to the ministry were answered with “you need to come down to the office to report your return in person.”

“Passengers who are Israeli citizens and who entered on Friday without their entry being logged, will have to do so independently. That said, we are considering solutions to ease the process for the passengers and make it more efficient,” the Ministry of Immigration, Population and Border Crossings said in a statement.

Meanwhile, however, those Israelis who don’t comply will not be registered in the system – meaning they will not be covered by Bituach Leumi (National Insurance) in the case of any need, since their return to the country will not be officially recognized.

Swedish National Caught at Ben Gurion Airport, Charged as Hezbollah Spy

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Cleared for publication: Hassan Khalil Khizran was arrested late last month as he entered Ben Gurion International Airport in connection with passing information to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Khizran, 55, a Swedish national of Lebanese-Palestinian Authority descent, was indicted Sunday (August 9) on three counts of passing intelligence information to the terrorist organization, and contacting a foreign agent.

He was taken into custody as he disembarked from an aircraft and attempted to enter Israel. Swedish authorities were updated about the arrest.

Court papers indicate that Khizran joined Hezbollah as an intelligence source in 2009.

According to a statement filed by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), the tasks assigned to Khizran prove the Hezbollah is “preparing for the next war with Israel and is marking out a ‘target bank.’ “

Defending attorney Leah Tsemel denied the charges and told the Reuters news service her client “refused any request to harm Israel’s security.”

According to the indictment, Khizran was assigned to recruited Israeli Arabs with social connections to Jewish Israelis, military officials and government officials.

However, he refrained from carrying out this task despite pressure from his handlers, according to the brief.

Khizran was also asked to collect other useful and relevant information about Israel such as locations in which there are military bases, large concentrations of IDF troops, tanks, and arms.

He traveled to Israel several times for this purpose and then met in Beirut with his handlers to provide them with information, according to the indictment.

His handlers demanded he provide visual documentation to broaden the information he gave them — but he said he did not do so.

He also told the Shin Bet that during a family trip to Lebanon in 2009 with his wife and children he was offered to meet with Hezbollah agents. To this, he agreed.

In secret meetings with these agents he was told Hezbollah was interested in recruiting Palestinians who held European passports so they would be able to enter and move more freely through Israel, and thus gather intelligence for Hezbollah. It is not clear whether or not he recruited others for this task.

In addition, the terrorist organization asked for information about the entry process, security checks, and other operations at Ben Gurion International Airport. There is no information available about which information he gave Hezbollah about the airport and its operations.

Khizran met again with Hezbollah again in visits to Lebanon in 2011 and 2013.

In return for his cooperation with Hezbollah, Khizran received $2,300 in 2009 and $800 in 2011.

Khizran told the Shin Bet about a group called The Lebanese House” that operates in Malmö, Sweden. The members of the group are Shi’ite Muslims who are involved in social and cultural Shi’ite activity. They allegedly mark Hezbollah anniversaries, watch the speeches delivered by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, and more.

Green Lasers Target Blue and White Airplanes

Monday, July 27th, 2015

(JNi.media) Flight LY81 departing from Ben Gurion Airport to Bangkok on Sunday night was targeted with a green laser at least 3 times, according to a passenger who contacted JNi.media. The passenger, who lives in Samaria, identified the laser beam as coming from the village of Beit Ur al-Tachta, some 15 miles from the airport.

Dozens of pilots in the US and Europe have reported being flashed with green laser beams. When somebody aims a laser at the cockpit, it can flash-blind the pilot to the point that he can’t see anything. If the beam gets both eyes, the pilot is disabled.

Last year, the FAA reported 3,894 laser incidents, and this year pilots in the US have already experienced more than 2,750 laser flashes.

An El Al spokesperson told JNi.media she could not confirm or deny the information, as the company does not keep a record of these incidents. According to the spokesperson, the green lasers pose no risk to El Al flights, and El Al complies with all security requirements.

Flight tracking websites such as Flight Aware help track the progress of flights to and from Ben Gurion. A terrorist living near the airport, looking to disrupt an El Al flight, could easily use websites like this to determine if the flight that just took off belongs to El Al.

Charter ‘Aliyah’ Flight to Land in Israel Tuesday with 221 New ‘Olim’

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Minister Ze’ev Elkin will welcome 221 new immigrants from the United States and Canada at Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday., one year after Operation Protective Edge.

The flight, organized by Nefesh B’Nefesh in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency and JNF-USA, will carry 32 families and 53 singles from 14 states, the District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces.

Among the Olim are 95 children – 49 girls and 46 boys – who are immigrating with their parents. About one-fourth of the Olim arriving on the flight have decided to settle in Israel’s periphery as part of the “Go North and Go South” programs.

During 2015, more than 4,000 new immigrants are expected to make Aliyah from North America, and half of them will arrive ii the summer.

Flights Delayed Due to Strike at Ben Gurion Airport

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Timing is everything.

Just as the summer tourism season heads into high gear — and an impending Taglit Birthright tour is soon to arrive — baggage handlers began to strike Wednesday morning at Ben Gurion International Airport.

More than 10 flights were delayed as Israel Airport Authority as workers refused to load and unload aircraft at the airport.

The job action affected flights on El Al, Air Europa and Turkish Airlines.

The IAA employees’ union declared the strike earlier this week in response to what they said was a staffing shortage – not labor sanctions.

“Unfortunately, the management did not prepare in advance to take on more manpower before the rise in passenger numbers in the summer months,” said a statement from the IAA workers’ committee.

“We call on the management to solve the manpower shortage problem immediately and prevent passengers being harmed.”

Night shift workers apparently completed their quota of aircraft and refused to continue loading and unloading baggage, according to the Globes business news service.

“About ten aircraft are waiting to be dealt with,” the IAA said. “The management, which is aware of the inconvenience to the traveling public, is doing all it can to restore labor relations to normal.”

Update 10:16 AM: Damaged El Al Plane Makes Safe Emergency Landing

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

10:16: The EL Al plane has made a safe emergency landing, thank God.

Technicians are preparing to replace the damaged wheel, and the plane is expected to take off again around noon.

10:01: The El Al plane is making its final approach over western Samaria before an emergency landing at 10:15.

“IDF Elite” reported on Twitter that the plane has flown over the airport three times, possibly to allow engineers to take images of the underside of plane for analysis.

Emergency declared at Ben Gurion Airport — ELAL flight 2521 (737-800 with 174 passengers) to Prague has a damaged right landing gear — Ben Gurion airport discovered parts of the broken landing gear and tire on runway after takeoff.

Emergency fire and EMS services responding to airport via Mass Casualty Protocol.

9:37 AM FLIGHT ETA 15 MINUTES as airplane has dumped fuel and returns for emergency landing.

Strike at Ben Gurion International Airport

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Workers at Ben Gurion International Airport began a three-hour strike Thursday morning.

Check-in counters closed down and passengers were unable to proceed to aircraft as a result.

The strike, set to begin at 11 am, actually began at 10:30 am so that passengers’ baggage would not reach the security inspection area and get stuck in the middle of the system.

“Due to airport workers committee sanctions, the check-in process will be delayed. We apologize for the inconvenience,” passengers heard over the airport speakers. Thousands were unable to depart as scheduled.

The strike came as a solidarity gesture to support the workers of the Israel Postal company in their current work slowdown. The postal workers are in a deadlock with management in negotiations over the company’s recovery plan. The state is planning to lay off some 1,500 permanent workers from the postal system and replace them with temporary employees instead.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/strike-at-ben-gurion-international-airport/2014/09/18/

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