Swedish parliamentarian, Israeli ex-pat denied entry to Israel for participation in Gaza flotilla

09:43, November 08, 2010      

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Israeli authorities on Sunday denied entry to a member of the Swedish parliament and an expatriate Israeli artist who were among the passengers on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla, Ha'aretz local daily reported Sunday evening.

Turkish-born legislator Mehmet Kaplan and artist Dror Feiler were detained upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport. The two men arrived on the same flight with the intention of using their visit to file a complaint with the Israel Police against the Israel Defense Forces, according to the report.

Their complaint was planned to include accusations of alleged kidnapping, violence, armed robbery and obstruction of freedom.

Israeli naval commandos on May 31 boarded the deck of the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara, one of a six-vessel flotilla which headed to the Gaza Strip. Nine activists were killed and several commandos were wounded in the clashes that followed the soldiers' arrival. Israel appointed a public commission of inquiry to probe the incident. Government officials now await completion of its work.

Kaplan and Feiler were placed in custody with other flotilla passengers following the May raid, and released a few days later. Both were barred from entering Israel for 10 years. Feiler has given up his Israeli citizenship since then.

Border control officers who checked their passports on Sunday notified airport Immigration Authority representatives, who informed them that their entry had been refused.

Source: Xinhua


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