Cape journalist to return home

2010-06-02 08:19

Cape Town radio journalist Gadijah Davids has been released by

Israeli authorities after she was detained for being part of a convoy that tried

to break through the Gaza blockade, her mother said today.

“We spoke directly to her for half a minute last night. She was

just telling us that she is on her way home,” said Magboeba Davids.

The department of international relations told the family that

Davids was “physically fine, but emotionally not fine”.

The place they were detained at was clean and all their needs were

met.

She had been “separated” from the equipment she used as a Radio786

reporter, and it was not clear yet whether this was returned.

The family understood that she would be coming home via Jordan but

the finer points of her travel arrangements were not yet known.

Davids said that her daughter had refused to be deported by the

Israeli authorities but then later the authorities decided to release all

foreigners.

“They were asked to sign an admission of guilt fine, but they all

refused because they were in international waters (at the time of the

clash).”

She said: “In the moment, I must commend her and all those who were

detained for not signing the admission of guilt.”

Davids was among hundreds of people, including artists, politicians

and human rights activists, on board the six ships sailing towards Gaza.

Israel had imposed a blockade on Gaza, following prolonged periods

of mortar fire between Gaza and Israel. Israel argued that preventing the

landing of weaponry, or materials to manufacture weapons, was the only way it

could protect its citizens.

Many countries had made it their policy to call for the blockade to

be lifted, agreeing with humanitarian organisations that it was causing

suffering.

On Monday the Israeli Defence Force intercepted the flotilla saying

organisers had refused to allow the ships to be searched for weapons and had

refused to land the goods at a port of Israel’s choice to enable a search.

At least nine civilians died in violent clashes on one of the

ships, the Mavi Marmara, which Davids was on.


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