Hundreds of unsuspecting tourists receive a harsh welcome to Israel as they are greeted at Ben Gurion airport by thousands of anti-judicial reform activists with noise makers and drums, filling Terminal 3 with cacophony.
Emerging into the ferocious noise is a group of British university students visiting Israel for the first time with the Taglit Birthright program.
“I’m awfully scared. I’ve never experienced anything like this before,” says 18-year-old Ella Cohen, from London.
She was unaware of today’s airport protest, and said her first impression of stepping into this version of Israel is that it’s “chaotic and a bit unsafe.”
“Looks like Israel is a democracy, but what are they demonstrating for?” asks Eleopold, 75, from New York.
He says that he has heard of the judicial overhaul through US media, but doesn’t know how to contextualize today’s demonstration.
“We came off the plane and just ran into this thing,” he says.