Swedish Delegation Deported From Israel
April 14th, 2002
A delegation of people from the Swedish "Palestinian Solidarity Group" has been refused entry into Israel. Two of the delegates are doctors and were attempting to come to the West bank in order to carry out an assessment of the current medical situation - a project that is funded by the Swedish government.
Initially the group was detained, not permitted by the security at Ben Gurion to call their consulates or anyone else. They were held for a few hours - incommunicado, and then forcefully deported.
This is not the first time such events have occurred. Many foreigners attempting to come to the West bank or Gaza Strip have been prevented from doing so and deported. Dr. Mustafa Barghouti believes "it is all part of Sharon's attempt to isolate completely the Palestinians - and to prevent people from witnessing the atrocious situation here in Palestine - this humanitarian nightmare".
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