Israel still holding European activists

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Al Akhbar English | July 14, 2012

Israel was still holding five foreign female activists on Saturday who were arrested in the West Bank after a demonstration a day earlier, a police spokeswoman said.

“Five European activists arrested on Friday during a demonstration in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) remain in detention,” Luba Samri told AFP.

“The five women are accused of causing disturbances during the event” in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, she said, adding they will face a hearing later Saturday in a Jerusalem court for their eventual deportation to Sweden, Italy and Britain.

“Four others, including Israeli activist Jonathan Pollack, were also apprehended by border guards but later released Friday after a brief interrogation,” she said.

Samri denied the arrest of American journalist Ben Ehrenreich of the New York Times magazine.

However the newspaper confirmed to Al-Akhbar on Friday that he had been detained briefly before being released.

Activist Abir Kopty said that security forces at the protest had targeted international activists and Israelis opposed to the illegal settlements.

“The army came with the intention to arrest as many people as they could, especially foreigners and Israelis,” she said.

Demonstrations in Nabi Saleh are held weekly to protest the confiscation of the village’s land and water by a neighboring illegal Israeli settlement.

Israeli forces have cracked down on the protests.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)


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