Israel deports activists who were aboard Gaza-bound ship

By JTA
October 25, 2012 07:39

 
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Israel deported 15 international activists who were arrested after their ship, the Estelle, attempted to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza.

The pro-Palestinian activists were sent back to their homelands on Wednesday, with two more scheduled to be deported late Wednesday night. Ten other activists were deported on Sunday and Monday. Three of the activists are Israeli and were placed under house arrest.

Parliament members from Norway, Sweden, Spain and Greece were among the activists, as well as former Canadian lawmaker Jim Manly.

Israeli naval commandos on Oct. 20 boarded the Estelle, a Swedish-owned, Finnish-flagged sailing vessel, as it approached Gazan territorial waters. The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the commandos did not use force, while the activists allege that the commandos used Taser guns unnecessarily to subdue them.

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