A man with Massachusetts ties is fighting his deportation from Israel after being detained during that country's deadly raid on an aid flotilla headed toward the Gaza Strip, the man’s father said today.
Joseph Bangert of Brewster said his son, Fiachra O Luain, a flotilla participant who was on board a ship bearing a Turkish flag, was arrested and was being held with 600 other participants in an Israeli desert prison.
Most of the participants are expected to be deported, a decision that will not allow them to return to the country.
But Bangert said, “My son is a parliamentarian, and he’s contesting the deportation orders before the Israeli courts.”
The father said he wasn’t surprised by his son’s decisions to challenge the orders. “He’s my son,” he said.
Luain, 29, is a dual Irish and American citizen. Bangert said he has not spoken with his son but has been in contact with the Irish government and the US Department of State.
The father denounced the raid on what he called "peace ships," some of which flew the American flag, that had tried to breach a three-year blockade of the Gaza Strip to bring supplies. At least nine people were killed in the bloody raid, though other estimates have put the count as high as 20 people killed with 31 wounded.
Pro-Palestinian activists in Boston on Tuesday condemned Israel’s deadly high-seas raid of the convoy carrying relief supplies to the Gaza Strip, while local Jewish leaders defended the use of military force as the self-defense required to enforce what they called a legitimate blockade, the Globe reports today.
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