Israel deported 15 international protesters arrested for trying to infiltrate an Israeli security zone set up around Gaza with their flotilla, Estelle.
Infiltrators hailed from Greece, Norway, Sweden, Spain, and Canada.
Israeli naval commandos boarded Estelle on October 20. Estelle is Swedish-owned, Finnish-flagged.
The attempt follows in the wake of the Mavi Marmara, a ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists who claimed to be carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza in May 2010. When Israeli commandos boarded the illegal vessel, they were attacked by the activists who stabbed several and beat others with pipes and sticks. Defending themselves against the attackers, soldiers killed nine Turkish activists before quelling the attack.
About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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