Palestine supporting women from Wales will arrive back in the UK today from Israel. Their ordeal is coming to a close seven days after Israel shackled, handcuffed and imprisoned the 4 women.
Fiona Williams from Mumbles will be back in Swansea around 1pm while D Murphy from Swansea will land at 8pm in Luton airport tonight.
It has been a day of confusion as for more than more than 12 hours no direct word has been heard from the women leaving friends and relatives to feel concerned about their safety.This morning the British consulate revealed that they too are confused.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office wrote in an email today;
'My colleague from Tel Aviv had gone to the prison to visit Fiona and the other British nationals this morning, when he got there he was informed that they had been returned to the UK last night. Unfortunately my colleagues were not aware of this until this morning.'
Paul O'Connor, a spokesperson for Swansea Palestine Action said today 'We are all relieved that the women are safely back in Wales and we look forward to greeting them back as heroes. They stood up to the bullying tactics of Israel and showed just how absurd the situation is. Hopefully their actions will pave a smoother path for future trips for those wanting to visit the people of Palestine.'
Latest updates on http://www.swanseapalestine.org
Details of the 4 Welsh women
Pippa Bartolotti, 57, deputy leader of the Wales Green Party
Pippa has lived in Malpas, Newport West for 25 years and has worked in
business most her life - from the fashion industry in London, to
electronics and software development here in Wales where she has held
various directorships. Ms Bartolotti, has lived in Israel for seven years.
Joyce lives in Newport and is a member of the Socialist Labour Party. She
collected food with her mother and distributed parcels for the miners
during the strike.
D Murphy 56, Book keeper
D was born and raised in Cork, Ireland and has lived in Swansea for 26
years. She has 3 adult children still living in Swansea. She works as a
book-keeper for Undercurrents, a local arts charity. She founded the
Swansea Palestine community link and has organised football matches
between Wales and Palestine. D raised funds to purchase an ambulance which
she drove to Gaza to deliver to a hospital.
Fiona Williams, 47, Swansea Council worker
Fiona lives in Mumbles and works for Swansea council as a development
worker. She is a single mum and has a son. She organised a community
auction to raise funds for herself and D to travel to Palestine.Fiona has
never been to Palestine