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French peace activists detained, expelled to Jordan

Palestine Information Center – 23/07/2011

JENIN — The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) deported on Friday five French activists to Jordan after they were taken prisoner at a military checkpoint between Jenin and Tulkarem cities.

The youth movement in France condemned the arrest of its five members and stated that Israeli troops at this checkpoint arbitrarily detained them, confiscated their passports, and used force to drive them to a nearby military camp where they were held for hours.

An Israeli intelligence officer told the five activists during their interrogation that they would be expelled from Israel and would not be allowed to come back again at the pretext of helping Palestinian resistance organizations he described as terrorist, the youth movement said.

It added that its members were humiliated during their detention and prevented from contacting their families and the official authorities in France.

After spending their night in detention, they were banished to Jordan through Allenby bridge.

The group said it would file a complaint with the French foreign ministry against the IOA for the illegal measures it took against them.

July 23, 2011 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, Solidarity and Activism

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