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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Welsh women are missing

It is now 12 hours since we heard that the Welsh women were released from Israel prison and boarded a flight back to UK. Yes still no word.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office are as confused as we are.This morning they replied to our email and stated
'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.'



Today's Evening Post reports:
FOUR Welsh campaigners jailed in Israel are the last ones standing after the rest of their group was deported.The final few include Fiona Williams, from Mumbles, and D Murphy, from Mount Pleasant.
And as of last night — their sixth in a cramped, hot cell — they, along with Joyce Giblin and Pippa Bartolotti, both from Newport, were refusing to sign deportation papers.They were also set to launch a legal challenge of their imprisonment by meeting with a German lawyer who has volunteered his services for free.
Miss Williams's partner John McLean, from Waunarlwydd, said the party was trying to establish on what grounds they were being questioned and held.
"It's gone from the British Embassy to a German solicitor now," he said.
"The four Welsh women are the only ones left and it's great for Wales and for Swansea. We are the last ones standing. It really shows how much they believe in their cause.
"I haven't spoken to her since Tuesday morning, but I am being updated by Paul O'Connor, who updates our Swansea Action for Palestine website, hourly."

Additionally, yesterday Gower MP Martin Caton contacted the Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office who has responsibility for the Middle East about the conditions Miss Williams and Mrs Murphy are being kept in.
He requested that the Under-Secretary of State make representations regarding their arrest and imprisonment.Mr Caton said: "I also asked him to request that the Israeli authorities allow them to continue their peaceful journey to the West Bank."
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