Flight No. K7625 arrived at Israel's international airport, carrying some 140 people who will escort Barca members throughout their visit.
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The delegation is led by the football club's president, Sandro Rossell, who will return to Spain immediately after the visit and won’t continue with the rest of the team to its planned matches in Thailand and Malaysia.
Listen to Barca being greeted in Israel (courtesy of Israel Airports Authority)
Barca players get off plane (photo courtesy of Debby Communications)
Messi adapts to Israeli humidity (Photo: Daniel Bar-On)
Barca President Sandro Rossell (Photo: Daniel Bar-On)
Immediately after landing, Barca players left the airport to the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem, where they will spend the night. From there they headed to the West Bank city of Hebron, where a special event was held at the Dura Stadium in front of 25,000 viewers, mostly children.
"We are the No. 1 team in Israel and Palestine," said Barca's Deputy President Javier Faus, before arriving in the PA. "We are very satisfied with this visit because it's about community service. It's very important for Barca's fans."
Jibril Rajoub, chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, said during a press conference: "I thank Barcelona for coming here and I hope they come here in the future as well."
Gerard Piqué waves to fans in Bethlehem (Photo: AFP)
Barca, which funded the trip itself, giving up on a friendly match in India which would have yielded the club €3 million (about $4 million), visited churches in Bethlehem and Hebron before the press conference.
The visit will conclude with a special happening at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, together with Jewish and Arab children invited by the Peres Center for Peace.
Bus taking Barca players on their Israel tour (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Barca fan waiting for his idols at Ben-Gurion Airport (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
The team includes quite a few stars: Lionel Messi, Neymar, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández and Gerard Piqué. Veteran captain Carles Puyol did not arrive in Israel due to an injury.
They're already here, and so is the bus (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Some get to see them up close (Photo: Daniel Bar-On)
Messi and Pinto (photo courtesy of Debby Communications)
Israeli fans (Photo: Haim Zach)