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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

BBC: Welsh Palestinian activists put on plane home

We are still trying to confirm this but the BBC believe they are on a plane coming to UK.

13 July 2011 Last updated at 20:54
Welsh Palestinian activists put on plane home

Four Welsh women among UK activists detained in Israel as part of a so-called "flytilla" protest have been put on a plane home.
The four say they were held at Ramla's Givon Prison after landing at Tel Aviv in Israel last Friday.Other UK protesters were deported but the Welsh women refused, saying they had done nothing wrong.Shortly before their release, the Israeli embassy said authorities were looking after those being held.

The activists had planned to attend West Bank events in support of Palestinians but were detained at Ben Gurion Airport.Some of the protesters, including Fiona Williams, 46, and Dee Murphy, 56, both from the Swansea Palestine group, went on hunger strike after they say they were prevented from making phone calls.

They accepted food again after 48 hours when they were allowed to call home.
Pippa Bartolotti, 57, deputy leader of the Wales Green Party, and Joyce Giblin, a member of the Socialist Labour Party from Newport, were also detained on Friday.
Speaking from the plane at Ben Gurion airport, Ms Bartolotti said she had bruises and had been handcuffed "very roughly" shortly after her arrival.
She said the group had been treated badly and were asked to sign a statement that was written only in Hebrew.Earlier, Amir Ofek, spokesman for the Israeli embassy in the UK, said of the protest: "The Israeli authorities went beyond basic necessities in ensuring the comfort of those being held, providing regular contact with their families at home, and issuing passengers with any medication that they might need.

"Consular support from the British embassy was immediately requested, in the form of visits from British staff."He said Israel was a democratic country where heated debates occurred every hour of the day across a range of issues.

"They do not take place however in an airport, one of the most sensitive buildings in the country, where the security threat is real. No other state would tolerate this and neither will we," he added.

The timing of the action, as a flotilla of ships trying to break a blockade on the Gaza Strip was prevented from leaving Greece, led some to call it a "flytilla".
Organisers denied the protest was linked to the attempt to break the blockade.

1 comment:

  1. Handcuffed "very roughly"!!!

    They'd have been beheaded by some of the Islamists they support, lol!!!