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8 Detained Internationals On Hunger Strike

International Citizens Illegally Held and Deported from Israel: 8 Still Detained Now on Hunger Strike, Two Women Hospitalized

DETENTION & DEPORTATIONS: Three British and five American international citizens who came to the West Bank to intervene in the military offensive there are now being held illegally, under threat of immediate deportation. These internationals were taken by the Israeli army last week when they attempted to bring food to Palestinians trapped inside the Church of the Nativity.

Ten internationals remain inside the Church, including New Yorker Kristen Schurr who can be reached for an interview.

Over the weekend 3 United States citizens and one Swede were illegally deported from Israel. They were given no reason for their deportation.

HUNGER STRIKE: Of the internationals being held, two women are on hunger strike, as are four men. The two women have been hospitalized. None of the detainees have been formally arrested, and all have been denied legal counsel. The detainees are refusing food and water in solidarity with the Palestinians trapped in the Church of the Nativity. The international citizens have three demands: To be able to leave Israel voluntarily at a time of their own choosing. A commitment from the Ministry of the Interior stating that the international citizens are not to be deported. And a commitment from the Ministry that there be no future restrictions on travel to Israel.

For Interviews With Internationals In The West Bank 011 972 55840767

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