Brit held after sneaking into Israel

December 13, 2005 00:26

Security forces arrested a British national, apparently a member of the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement, who entered Israel in August with a changed name to avoid detection by Israeli border control, it was revealed Monday. The man, Andrew MacDonald, had previously visited Israel in 2003 and was expelled by the Interior Ministry after soldiers arrested him while holed up in the home of a suicide terrorist. MacDonald changed his name and sneaked back into Israel this summer. Security forces detained him in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood Hebron in early November after he assaulted a member of the security forces. He was released, but was detained again on November 25. "Mr. MacDonald's entry and presence in Israel was done deceitfully and in contravention of Israeli law," a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said. Israel tried to deport MacDonald on November 30, but while on board the airplane, he threatened to cause a disturbance and he was removed. He is currently being held by the Immigration Police awaiting deportation.

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