Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has granted Palestinian nationality to Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa, aged 25, and bestowed the Medal of Merit on him, in appreciation of his efforts and support of the Palestinian people.
Ladraa had walked 4,800 kilometers, through 15 countries and for a period of 11 months, carrying a Palestinian flag on his back to raise awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people under the Israeli military occupation.
Israeli authorities banned Ladraa entry to Palestine when he arrived predawn, Friday, at the Allenby Bridge (the Jordanian-Palestinian borders), in the last leg of his walk.
Ladraa was also held for 6 hours of interrogations by Israeli authorities, at the border.
Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said that Ladraa “represents the conscience of humanity,” according to Ma’an News Agency.
Ashrawi said, in a statement: “On behalf of the Palestinian leadership and people of Palestine, we extend our deep gratitude to Ladraa who has demonstrated exceptional courage and integrity by advocating on behalf of the Palestinian people and educating the international community about Israel’s persistent violations and acts of aggression against Palestinian lives, lands and resources.”
“We will remain indebted to Mr. Ladraa,” Ashrawi added.
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