Some arriving tourists surprised by thousands protesting at airport

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

The arrivals hall at the Ben Gurion Airport, July 11, 2023. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
The arrivals hall at the Ben Gurion Airport, July 11, 2023. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Several arriving tourists are caught unaware by today’s protest at Ben Gurion Airport, as they exit the arrivals hall to the blaring din of vuvuzelas, drums and thousands of chanting protesters.

Julio, 70, and his wife just landed with a tour group from Honduras.

“We really don’t know what this is about,” he says, waving one hand at the large crowd while keeping the other on his suitcase.

Despite the disruption, Julio says he’s “not nervous” because he “spoke to a police officer and they said it’s okay, that nothing is going to happen.”

An Israeli in a hijab who returned on a flight photographs the scene. When asked what she thinks, she says, “I have no idea how I’m going to get to my car.”

Most Popular