Five American pro-Palestinian campaigners were detained, interrogated and deported by Israeli officials as they tried to enter the country to â€śobserve the conditions under which Palestinians live,â€ťÂ NBC Newsreported a US rights group saying.
Middle East Monitor reports, according to Al Ray, that the activists were trying to â€śgain a better understanding of the situation on the ground,â€ť according to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
â€śUpon their arrival [on 17 July], a US campaign staffer and four other members of the group â€“ all carrying US passports â€“ were interrogated by Israeli border police, about their backgrounds and political involvement,â€ťÂ a statement issued by the organisationÂ said last week.
Four of the five were â€śpeople of colour and Muslimâ€ť, and the fifth had a long beard, the group added.
A spokesman for Israelâ€™s Interior Ministry said that three of the five campaigners were denied entry for â€śsecurity reasonsâ€ť.
Calls to the US Consulate â€śresulted in no assistance for the delegates,â€ť according to the organization.
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