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Captured Swedes taken to Israeli airport

TT/The Local · 2 Jun 2010, 16:41

Published: 02 Jun 2010 16:40 GMT+02:00
Updated: 02 Jun 2010 16:41 GMT+02:00

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A Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that two of the captives had arrived at the airport and the others were on their way.

“The Embassy has staff on the scene to ensure that they get on their way and that they have travel documents,” spokeswoman Barbro Elm said on Wednesday afternoon.

It was not known whether the activists had booked flights back to Sweden.

Gaby Lasky, lawyer for one of the prisoners, expressed anger at the way they were released:

“They are trying to smuggle out prisoners away from their lawyers. We don’t know who is on the buses, whether it’s our clients or whether they really want to leave Israel,” she said.

Neri Ramati, another Swedish lawyer, was on Wednesday heading to the airport to try and meet Dror Feiler, one of the Swedish captives, after having being told that his client was already there. Asked whether he was worried about Feiler, he replied:

“I’m not worried, I’m angry.”

Three Swedish prisoners, author Henning Mankell, Green MP Mehmet Kaplan and Dr Victoria Strand, returned to Sweden last night.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt expressed relief at the return of the first Swedes:

“I hope that the information is correct and that the others also come home unharmed in the near future.”

“Their accounts reinforce what we have already said, that this is an unacceptable use of excessive violence, moreover in international waters,” he added.

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Back in Sweden, Jewish communities were keeping an eye on developments:

“Security has been raised and we are in continuous contact with the police,” said Daniel Jonas at the Gothenburg synagogue.

Jonas said that no specific threats had been made against the community, although protestors outside the synagogue had carried placards with the words ‘Israel Mördare’ (‘Israel Murderer’).

I cannot comment on our threat assessment, but we are working in cooperation and are monitoring targets,” said Ulla Brehn, spokeswoman for Gothenburg police.

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13:15 June 2, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Henning Mankell who was on the scene wants to give the impression that it was all peace and love people in his camp the Gaza Aid Freedom Flotilla but it was not like that and if they had been more reasonable this is what could have happened ( please read carefully)

13:16 June 2, 2010 by peropaco
The local; seem you are also joining the wagon of anti-Israel media outlets just as Aljazeera, Al Manar, SVT, Aftonbladet, DN, BBC. etc. Allah will bless you with more readership and advertising money...
13:50 June 2, 2010 by Nemesis
I see the anti-semitics are trying to blame the Jews here. Jews in Sweden are not in Israel.
14:01 June 2, 2010 by flintis
Keep them there, they were so eager to help. Give em a brush & shovel, they can tidy up the Gaza strip.
14:33 June 2, 2010 by dew_pansy
Wrong is clear like Sun and wrong is clear also like Sun. And Israeli government is wrong at the spot same.
14:43 June 2, 2010 by olive_tree
@Cornelius Hamelberg: I agree, they should have kept some roses for the soldiers, looks like you need some lessons in how civilized forces react in such cases, we saw greece demonstrations recently, can you tell me how many people the police killed? and how many policemen were rushed to hospitals? Get a life!

@peropaco : The local might answer you, but don't you think sticking with Israel gets more money?

@Nemesis : Israel and Jews are different words, the killer is a killer, regardless of his religion or nationality.

@ flintis: You should be ashame of yourself, Gaza blockade has killed so many childeren and sick people, and those activists has paid their time,money, and even lives to defend their ideas, so if you can not make like them and stand for your ideas, then shut up.
15:04 June 2, 2010 by Nemesis
@ olive_tree

Thats more or less what I mean't. Just didn't put it correctly.

This incident is going to give every anti-semetic moron an excuse to attack someone. Thats is what worries me. This has the potential to escalate.
15:06 June 2, 2010 by europeman31
Israel is the black dot on Humanity and should be banned and Blocked. But we european are in controlled of their Monetary system so we cannot do anything just to press some keys on Keyboard.
15:34 June 2, 2010 by swedishninja
From Thomas Friedman NYTIMES. Accurate summary:

I have no problem with Turkey or humanitarian groups loudly criticizing Israel. But I have a big problem when people get so agitated by Israel's actions in Gaza but are unmoved by Syria's involvement in the murder of the prime minister of Lebanon, by the Iranian regime's killing of its own citizens demonstrating for the right to have their votes counted, by Muslim suicide bombers murdering nearly 100 Ahmadi Muslims in mosques in Pakistan on Friday and by pro-Hamas gunmen destroying a U.N.-sponsored summer camp in Gaza because it wouldn't force Islamic fundamentalism down the throats of children. That concern for Gaza and Israel's blockade is so out of balance with these other horrific cases in the region that it is not surprising Israelis dismiss it as motivated by hatred - not the advice of friends.
15:37 June 2, 2010 by europeman31
@swedishninja You are just making lame execuses like yours other terror supporters of Israel.

We should send Nato to Israel , to teach them a lesson
15:41 June 2, 2010 by swedishninja
Europe Man, you condone those other actions? Where is the outlash?
17:02 June 2, 2010 by Yuval
surprising video from the flotilla‏ can be seen on youtube
17:27 June 2, 2010 by mjennin2
I'm with you 100% on that one, Nem. Very disturbing.
18:31 June 2, 2010 by Abbot

You are avoiding swedishninja's point (probably because you cannot respond). What about the pro-Hamas attack on the UN-sponsored summer camp? Where is your outrage? Also, why don't you openly condemn Egypt for working WITH Israel to maintain the blockade? Maybe NATO should invade Egypt too?
19:47 June 2, 2010 by ali_bin_umar
"Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population."

-- David Ben Gurion, quoted in The Jewish Paradox, by Nahum Goldmann, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978, p. 99.
20:02 June 2, 2010 by diegoveggie
the idea that a 'liberal' swede stands for hamas, is ridiculous. here's a regime that supresses gay rights, closed internet cafes, and crushed oposition. where are the swedes protesting against this?
22:04 June 2, 2010 by swedishninja
@Abbot. Exactly. There is no reasonable response. There is a double standard. When these societies that stand around and idly accept suicide bombers against 'their own people' finally decide to stop condoning them, then we might have a chance for peace - which is what everybody wants.
23:26 June 2, 2010 by bezjaj
I am honsetly so tired of this moslem mierda..Any body remember the 80s?
23:28 June 2, 2010 by Toonie
A lot of pointless point scoring and personal abuse - as usual - when this subject crops up. But we know what the main agenda is. It's still about geopolitical control by the major powers. Beneath that umbrella were and remain other agendas. Menachim Begin wrote openly in his autobiography about his reaction to the creation of the state of Israel: it was only the first step - a Greater Israel was his aim, and he had significant support. Later, on the way to defending itself against attempts to push back the state of Israel to its original borders pre-1967, the Israeli govt partly funded a little known grouping called Hamas against Fatah in a classic attempt to divide-and rule. This is no conspiracy theory. Senior Israeli officials are on record as saying this was 'too clever by half' and a strategy that has backfired spectacularly in the long run. It should not surprise anyone that the original main sponsors of Israel in 1948 - for reasons of long-term foreign policy, compassionate compensation following the Holocaust, or vague Biblical romanticism - are now questioning the Israeli state that has taken shape. Israel is an armed state - it felt it had to be. But when you constantly play the heavy-handed military angles, the angles will eventually start playing you. There are many Israelis who object to and oppose the kind of state Israel has become. And the danger for Israel is that its main western backers see the geopolitical shifts taking pace in the region, some of them caused by the Iraq war, where rank stupidity has set off a chain of events that the American neo-cons thought they understood and controlled but which are now unfolding in - to them - surprising ways. What must be disturbing for Israelis is that their current leaders misread world opinion and behave as though it doesn't matter enough for them to modify their approach. They launched a cynical offensive against Gaza claiming that it a was a limited and controlled action - but called it Cast Lead. The code name gave away the aim. Once lauded for daring and intelligence, the Israeli military and political leadership has become sclerotic and bound to its old myths. It's a fast-changing world in the Middle East - as everywhere else - and the Israeli govt needs to react with a greater sense of responsibility combined with imagination. But can they imagine what 'peace' looks like? Having the firepower is not enough. Amos Oz put it well today. 'To somebody with a big hammer, everything looks like a nail.' By the way, forget the anti-semitism stuff - ethnically both sides are Semites.
08:00 June 3, 2010 by flintis
@ olive tree,

"I did make like them & stand for my ideas".

The activist paid? I can garauntee that most of them did it for their own publicty, the others to cause further unrest. Not saying I agree with the blockade or segregation of Gaza, but these mindless interfering idiots do nothing to improve the situation.
09:34 June 3, 2010 by Kronaboy

Actually, if the Israelis are stupid enough to attack the Turkish Military, then Turkey would have the right invoke NATO, can you imagine the USA bombing Tel Aviv, now that would be a sight?
09:44 June 3, 2010 by Kronaboy

To be honest with you I am not angry with the Zionists, they are what they are, and my attitude is you have to stand up and fight for what is yours. I am far more angry with the Saudis and Hashimites, if it wasn't for their help Israel would not be in existence in the Middle East.

This should give you an idea of what happened:

12:50 June 3, 2010 by Kronaboy
The first reports from the news reporters on board the Turkish Ship are coming in, it transpires the first person to be shot was a Turk attempting to fend off (with water from a water hose) IDF forces boarding by boat, he was shot in the arm. The first Turk to be shot dead, was shot directly in the top of his skull, apparently IDF forces pointed their weapons from port holes in the helicopter and randomly sprayed the deck. So contrary to IDF claims, the actual shooting started before the first solider illegally landed on Turkish soil. Apparently one of the Turks who was throwing tomatoes at IDF was first shot and then while lying helpless on the deck murdered with shot to the head. I also understand 3 of dead died on board 3 hours after they were shot despite demands by the Captain they be medi vaced.
13:25 June 3, 2010 by flintis
http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/194026 Lying activists
13:40 June 3, 2010 by Kronaboy
It transpires a member of the Knesset, who was on board during the armed invasion of Sovereign Turkish territory, also requested in their native language the 3 wounded Turkish Civilians (who were left to die of their wounds) be given medical assistance.
18:02 June 4, 2010 by Rebel
Not all of Europe is anti Israeli -- Turkey is insuring that while they are gaining points with the Arab world they will never, ever get to join the EU if they don't stop the anti-Israeli actions.
14:01 June 5, 2010 by Kronaboy


Reports have just arrived MV Rachel Corrie has been illegally boarded by IDF fascists, may I invite all my brothers to recite a short prayer for our Martyred Sister Rachel Corrie and the 111 children poisoned while gold mining in Nigeria.

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