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Israel deports last of flotilla activists

2011-11-12 18:00

Jerusalem - Israel has deported the last of the international flotilla activists detained nearly a week ago for trying to break the Israeli naval blockade on Gaza, an official told AFP on Friday.

According to interior ministry spokesperson Sabine Hadad, 21 men and women were put on flights home in groups between Thursday morning and Friday afternoon.

The 21 were among 27 passengers and crew aboard two ships intercepted by the Israeli navy as they tried to run the blockade of the Gaza Strip last week.

Israeli commandos boarded the Irish-flagged Saoirse (Freedom) and the Canadian ship Tahrir (Liberation) in international waters off Gaza on November 4 before the navy escorted them to the port of Ashdod.

Six passengers were released on Saturday - an Arab-Israeli, two Greek crewmen, and three journalists from Egypt, Spain and the United States.

The activists had been held pending proceedings against their deportation before an Israeli judge.

According to Hadad, the activists could have been deported earlier in the week once they had appeared before the judge, but some tried to be "wise guys".

"Some raised demands as to the flights they would receive, some wanted to travel business class," she said. Israel bought the deportees their plane tickets.

On Wednesday European parliament president Jerzy Buzek called on Israel to "quickly" release Paul Murphy, an Irish Socialist Party member, and other Europeans detained with him near Tel Aviv.

The Israeli mission in Brussels said that following his arrest last week, Murphy had been offered the possibility to leave Israel by signing a waiver within 72 hours, but the lawmaker refused.

Israel says its blockade is necessary to prevent weapons from entering the coastal territory, which is run by the Islamist Hamas movement.

Two months ago, a UN report on the flotilla raid accused the Jewish state of acting with "excessive force" but found that its naval blockade was legal.

Comments
  • Sky - 2011-11-12 18:26

    God be with you Israel.

  • Dirk - 2011-11-12 18:37

    Israel should have sent them back by rocket. The cheek of it- demanding business class tickets. I wonder what the arab states would have done to them if they whip women who act or drive cars

  • Barry - 2011-11-12 19:32

    Israel's terrorism continues

  • Saadiq - 2011-11-13 01:49

    Can't spot any Intolarance and PLEASE qoute in the correct context. No were its saying hate the Jews or Christians. Hate the sin not the Sinner. 1. Its refering to Protection of ones Religion. What would you do if someone intendes to take over your House physicaly and even worse tell you what to do and how you should live. 2. How tolerant would you be if someone accuses you of having a son which is not yours? 3. Are the scholars and monks worthy of worship or your creator? 4. The truth, Islam continous eventhough Many dislike it..So be tolerant 5. The truth, Islam continous eventhough Many dislike it..So be tolerant 6. Read the 1st part correctly and what happens if we evade tax eventhough many of us complain its being misused etc. Btw Our creator is independent of our wealth and does not want us to Share etc. Annually Payment of ONLY 2.5 % of our Assets minus the Liabilities if you posses ± R7000 (presently) for a Lunar Year and not 14% etc. 7. Refers to not paying your 2.5% due If you can't do the TIME, don't do the CRIME

      Martin - 2011-11-13 11:56

      Well, people, do you trust my interpretation of the quoted scriptures or Saadiq's? The choice is yours, of course.

      Dayaan - 2011-11-13 13:51

      I would rather trust someone that can read and understand what it says in the original language Arabic than someone that reads a translation that is prone to mistakes

      Martin - 2011-11-14 11:18

      Dayaan, honestly, is the translation that much different from the original? Can't those scriptures be translated more accurately? How can you expect me to accept an explanation like: 1. Its refering to Protection of ones Religion. What would you do if someone intendes to take over your House physicaly and even worse tell you what to do and how you should live. for this scripture? 9:29 - Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture - [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled. Fight those who do not believe in Allah ... and who do not adopt the religion of truth??? How can you expect me to accept an explanation like: 2. How tolerant would you be if someone accuses you of having a son which is not yours? for this scripture? 9:30 - The Jews say, "Ezra is the son of Allah "; and the Christians say, "The Messiah is the son of Allah ." That is their statement from their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved [before them]. May Allah destroy them; how are they deluded? Allah wants to destroy us Christians???

  • Jaba - 2011-11-13 14:27

    The Jews are back in Israel. many will not like that fact... but as long as God loves this, i will support it. The Jews have no other home, while all other nations do, for example; there are 50 Arab/Muslim states in the world... Good Luck Israel - may your enemies turn their hate to love & may you see peace in our day.

      Dayaan - 2011-11-13 14:55

      If the extremists that have hijacked Zionism do not mend their ways then the peace loving Jews will be the losers.

      Barry - 2011-11-13 17:34

      @Jaba. What a load of nonsense you speak. There are jews living all over the world including South Africa. Israel is populated by Israelis.

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