Swedish cabinet member was on board Gaza-bound Turkish ship Mavi Marmara

October 6, 2014 20:22


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BERLIN – Two Swedish Green Party ministers in Stefan Löfven’s newly formed government protested Israel’s policies, prompting their detention for breaking international and domestic laws.

Sweden’s city planning and environment minister, Mehmet Kaplan, was on board Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara in 2010, which sought to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Israeli authorities detained him after the ship was intercepted.

Kaplan, who was born in the Turkish province of Gaziantep, rejects the existence of the Jewish state, according to experts.

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