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Israel deports Swedish Gaza flotilla activist

Rebecca Martin · 20 Jul 2011, 10:18

Published: 20 Jul 2011 10:18 GMT+02:00

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“The fifteen passengers were interviewed on Tuesday night and have willingly signed an agreement to leave within 72 hours,” said a spokesperson from Israeli immigration to news agency AFP.

On Tuesday just before noon Israeli soldiers boarded the French boat, the only vessel from the Freedom Flotilla protest convoy to sail towards Gaza.

Shortly before the boarding all communications to the vessel were cut off, according to Ship to Gaza.

According to a spokesperson for the Israeli army (IDF), the soldiers first tried to convince the activists to change direction and were met with refusals.

“Then the vessel was boarded, without violence from either side- it was completely peaceful,” said the IDF spokesperson to news agency TT.

Prior to the boarding several of the activists tweeted that there were four Israeli ships surrounding Dignité.

Following the take over of the vessel, the activists were taken to Ashdod, in southern Israel, where they were interrogated by the police before being handed over to immigration officials.

According to Ship to Gaza Sweden, all the activists have now been moved to a detention centre close to the airport awaiting deportation. They will be allowed to see their lawyer on Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday evening several demonstrations were carried out in Sweden’s major cities on behalf of the captured activists and the mission.

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More than 300 activists from 22 countries had signed up to participate in this year's flotilla, among them dozens of middle-aged and elderly Americans and Europeans.

Israel has made no secret of its determination to prevent the Freedom Flotilla II from reaching Gaza, which has been under a blockade since 2006 after militants there snatched an Israeli soldier who is still being held at a secret location.

The Swedish ship Juliano was forced to give up its attempt to sail to Gaza after it was refused permission to leave Crete.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:57 July 20, 2011 by motti
Sweden, you are welcome to him.
11:10 July 20, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Dror Feiler is not a Swedish-Israeli artist and politician. He is a Swedish-Palestinian activist in the desperate search of publicity. He is a very poor saxofonist player and a lousy "artist". Now let us see what else he and his buddy, buddy Mankell invent to keep on having the stupid media writing about their actions to save the world.

Who is paying all? Where does the money come from to pay for these Gaza actions? Guess
11:26 July 20, 2011 by blursd
Remind again what Sweden would do if I tried to load my car up with alcohol from Denmark and drive it across the border. Oh, you mean countries have laws ...!!! I thought I could just do whatever the hell I want.
16:12 July 20, 2011 by jostein
"Israel deports Swedish Gaza flotilla activist"

Shame that. I was hoping theyd put him to good use. As fertilizer or somesuch.
17:24 July 20, 2011 by motti
So Comrade, don't forget Comrade Red Ken Livingstone, another of your buddies. Yes, we do have Jews who are against Israel. Name me a country or people that doesn't. You really do need to read actual history, not revisionist, you may learn something. The only policy Israel has is to defend it's people. Again, read proper media and learn. You never know comrade, you might wish to become a commissar

Earlier this month, an ultra orthodox Jew who is also a paramedic, rushed into a burning home to save a Somali Moslem child. He risked his own life to save another. well, plenty of people might do that. However, these same people are the ones who pick up pieces of bones, skin and membrane of homicide bombers and their victims with absolute reverence.

So next time you meet one of these wierd looking people, remember not to judge a book by it's cover, nor allow pre thought perceptions to cloud your vision. Unlike those who love death and love to hate, the Jewish people love life. People such as Chomsky gave up being real Jews along time ago, just like /rosa Luxembourg, Karl Marx etc. Our loss perhaps, but "Jews" like them, you are welcome to behold.
18:33 July 20, 2011 by Rishonim
There is a full blown famine taking place in Somalia. Perhaps Drori and his buddies should divert their canoes towards there? Oh wait, I forgot they would not get the media attention they are whoring for.
18:52 July 20, 2011 by guliver
There is a big difference if an Israeli protest in a legal way against the policy of his government or if an Israeli citizen pass to the enemy side in the middle of the war,we are in war and hamas is our enemy,this organisation declared his goal is the destruction of Israel ,pushing the Jews to the ocean, and creating a muslem state instead.

In Israel there are protests of the Israeli arabs in there villages specialy of Seih Salech Rayad from the Islamic movment ,Dror Feiler can join that movment in Um El Fahem with their green flags....
23:13 July 20, 2011 by Grokh
send him to Palestine see how well they treat him there.
03:24 July 21, 2011 by cutthecrap
Soft in the head, and just weird. I guess he is one of those who would like to see Sweden as an Islamic state. Yes, it's a weird thought, but you do have some who are thinking like that, and in high places too.
10:35 July 21, 2011 by J. L. Belmar

It won't take long, if Sweden continues with its open door policy. Just walk around and you will see that one of these days they will propose to build a mosque right next to "Storkyrkan" in Gamla Stan. It is not such a weird thought. Reality will catch many Swedes with their pants down, even the ones who in the government of the beaggle Rainfield claim for more "integration". You might see that. I will not. My train is about to stop.
19:19 October 7, 2012 by motti
Think of Syria, people starving, rape and slaughter of innocents. Thesae trouble makers should sail to Latakia and distribute food. Oh, too dangerous, you say. Fancy that.

Arab Druse are loyal to the country they live in (like the Jews) Those in Israel are in the military etc with full rights. Those on the Golan Heights refused Israeli citizenship to retain their loyalty to Syria. No longer. now many young ones sickened of the carictures of the Jew and the sheer mindless killings in Syria, are requesting to be part of Israel and become citizens of that country.

I hope they will, the only problem is, what will sympathisers of this flotilla comment about this? Do you mean life with full rights, equal opportunuties, living as a minority in Israel is better than being a minority living in an Arab Muslim country? Surely not, can this be true? Just ask their Israeli compatriots who went to the Golan to plead just that

.Like the Christian community in Israel, the top bishops might bitch because of their fear of the Muslim neighbours, but this community is also growing and have the highest living conditions of any surrounding states.
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