Solidarity | 25.10.2004 21:24
24 October, 2004
DEPORTATION OF PROMINENT BRITISH HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
Angie Zelter (also known as Angela Julian), a prominent nonviolent peace and
human rights activist from Norfolk, is tonight awaiting deportation in a
cell at Ben Gurion airport, Israel.
Having arrived at Ben Gurion airport on Sunday, 24 October, Zelter was
detained and interrogated by Israeli authorities for over 12 hours. She was
detained as a ‘security risk,’ placed in a holding cell at the airport
police station, and told that she could be held for up to 7 days before
being put on a flight back to Britain.
Zelter is a long-time British peace and justice activist. She is renowned
as a founder of Trident Ploughshares, a prominent anti-nuclear organisation.
Zelter is a founding member of the international human rights organisation,
International Women’s Peace Service-Palestine, a nonviolent human rights
monitoring and intervention organisation based in the Palestinian Occupied
Territories. Zelter’s long-time peace work is the subject of the
documentary, The Loch Long Monster, about the work of the Trident
Ploughshares. Like Uri Avnery and Felicia Langer, Zelter was a recipient in
2001 of the Right Livelihood award, often called the “Alternative Nobel
Zelter’s impending deportation must be made public. If Zelter is forced
against her will to return to Britain without legitimate reason, it will
reveal that Israel does not adhere to the rule of law in its policies
towards nonviolent internationals who support justice for Palestinians.
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