Scots campaigners deported from Israel after hunger strike in support of Palestinians

Scots protesters were to be deported from Israel last night after staging a hunger strike in prison.

The pro-Palestine campaigners landed in Tel Aviv on Sunday on a humanitarian mission to the West Bank.

But they were held at passport control, handcuffed and taken to Givon Prison’s immigration detention centre.

They’d been trying to reach Bethlehem to help build a school – but the Israeli authorities impose strict controls on travel to and from the area.

The group have refused food since Tuesday in support of the demands of some 3500 Palestinian political prisoners.

Last night, after four days behind bars, the five Scots-based activists and four other Brits were due to be deported and put on a flight to Manchester.

They are Joy Cherkaoui, 56, a council worker from Auldgirth, near Dumfries, Karolin Hijazi, 31, a doctor and lecturer at Aberdeen University, Jim Henry, 60, a retired nurse from Irvine, Lynn Leitch, 61, a retired teacher from Midlothian, and Terri McLaughlin, a nurse from Glasgow.

Other campaigners from the group, including more Scots, were stopped from boarding flights from the UK to Israel on Sunday after Israel handed a blacklist to airlines.

Some made it to Tel Aviv but were put on the next flight back.

The campaigners are part of the Welcome to Palestine movement, who oppose Israel’s blockadeof the West Bank.

Yesterday, protester Jim Henry’s son David, 33,said: “Dad was determined to go to Bethlehem as he wanted to help set up a school for blind children.

“Since my mum passed away 18 months ago, he has become very involved in the plight of the people of Palestine and he was determined to make a journey to Bethlehem to help the people there.

“He will be glad he has made a stand and raised awareness of the situation over there.”

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2012/04/20/scots-campaigners-deported-from-israel-after-hunger-strike-in-support-of-palestinians-86908-23830349/

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