Stringent security at Tel Aviv's Lod Airport has been swiftly tightened further in the wake of the tragic shooting incident on Wednesday, Armed soldiers surrounded buses bringing passengers in from striving aircraft, and everywhere the military presence was felt.
GV Aircraft arriving at Lod Airport (2 shots)
TV Troops in truck on tarmac (2 shots)
GV PAN..Troops guarding aircraft of Air ALITALIA
LV Troops at gangway as passengers leave
CU Japanese Ambassador speaking
CU Bodies of dead gunmen and weapons on display
GV Dayan arrives at Knesset building
SB INTERIOR..people seated in Knesset
SV Golda Meir speaking as Dayan and others listen
GV Rome airport building and aircraft
GTV INTERIOR..People in terminal building
SV Passengers having luggage checked and passenger being searched with metal detector (2 shots)
New York skyline
LV PAN..& GV..Demonstrators shouting slogans (2 shots)
SV Meir Kahane speaking
SV Demonstrators giving Black Power salute and shouting slogans
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Background: Stringent security at Tel Aviv's Lod Airport has been swiftly tightened further in the wake of the tragic shooting incident on Wednesday, Armed soldiers surrounded buses bringing passengers in from striving aircraft, and everywhere the military presence was felt.
On Wednesday, following the tragedy which cost the lives of twenty-six people, the Japanese Ambassador to Israel talked to newsmen. In an emotional statement, he expressed shock and grief at the tragic drama carried out by Japanese citizens. He said he conveyed his feelings and those of his government to the office of the Israeli Foreign Minister.
On the same day, an extraordinary session of the Knesset, or Parliament, was called to hear an address by Israel's Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir. She said Israel would do all it possibly could to safeguard its planes and the lives of tourists and immigrants coming to Israel. She said other governments and airlines must co-operate and take precautions to make sure of everyone who boards every plane. She said that she holds Arab Governments responsible for aiding and abetting such attacks. She said "the friendly relations between Israel and Japan will remain unhampered."
Italy moves on Thursday to tighten airport security following the Tel Aviv guerrilla attack. Transport Minister Oscar Scelfaro ordered the airlines to open and search the baggage of all passengers flying to Tel Aviv. In addition, passengers at Rome Airport are being searched with a metal detector before boarding their flights. The airlines, however, say that police should have full responsibility for carrying out searches. Security at airports has been tightened at several other world airports, including London, Paris, Amsterdam and Sydney. Several airlines have also announced stricter precautions.
When word of the tel Aviv guerrilla attack reached New York on Wednesday, members of the militant Jewish Defence League organised Rabbi Meir Kahane, said that this sort of demonstration would be the last and that any other actions would be quite different. Under a restraining order by a New York Judge for advocating violence, the Rabbi did not elaborate on how the demonstrations might be different. Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and Foreign Minister Abba Eban have both referred to the role allegedly played by Lebanon in harbouring the guerrilla organisation which has claimed responsibility for the Tel Aviv attack -- the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.