Monday, July 11, 2011

UPDATE: Deportation French participants

We just received an update on the deportation of the French participants of the Welcome to Palestine-initiative. In total there are 49 detainees of which 47 are in the Givon-prison. This group exists of 31 women and 16 men that came to Tel Aviv from France. The other two detainees are in the Beersheva prison. These detainees came from Belgium.

The people that are still in detention are getting minimal consular assistance. Crisis cell at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris is minimal as well. The detainees keep their spirits high in detention. What remains though is an unclear status as they are neither under detention nor incarcerated, but in a grey legal area.

The six people deported will be on board the Easyjet flight to Geneva today. Nadia, Charlotte, Lemia, Stephane, Aziz and Salim will arrive in Geneva later on today but flight was supposed to leave at 13:00 (Palestine local time) and has not left until now (15h30 Palestine local time).

Welcome to Palestine is calling for a gathering tomorrow, Tuesday 13.00, in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Quai d’Orsay.

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