Court releases foreign activists

Two pro-Palestinian women temporarily prohibited from entering W. Bank.

February 8, 2010 17:02
Australian national Bridgette Chappbell, right, an

foreign activists arrested 311. (photo credit: AP)

A pro-Palestinian organization says the Supreme Court has ordered the release of two of its activists who were arrested in a West Bank raid.

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) on Monday said the two women — one from Australia, the other from Spain — are to be released on bail. The two have been prohibited from entering the West Bank until their legal status is clarified.

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Israeli troops raided their Ramallah apartment on Sunday on suspicion that the two women overstayed their visas and were involved in violent protests. Their lawyer says the pair was targeted for their activities on behalf of the ISM.

The activists routinely show up at friction points between Israeli troops and Palestinian demonstrators, often trying to block soldiers from dispersing protesters.

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