Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Four Welsh activists remain in Israel as first captured campaigners return to UK
Two British campaigners have arrived back in the UK after they were detained in Israel while trying to visit the West Bank town of Bethlehem.Mick Napier, 64, chairman of The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and retired university lecturer John Lynes, 83, flew back into Luton Airport early this morning after being deported by officials.
They were amongst 13 British people, including four Welsh passengers, who were detained by soldiers at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on Friday before being put in prison.The four Welsh passengers were: Pippa Bartolotti, 57, deputy leader of the Wales Green Party; Dee Murphy, 56, from Swansea, founder member of Swansea Palestine Community Link; Joyce Giblin and Fiona Williams.
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University lecturer Mr Napier said that all members of his group began a hunger strike after information on charges against them was not provided and they were denied a phone call.