Nordic protest after Ship to Gaza seizure
Swedish Radio News reports that the Nordic nations are planning a joint formal protest to Israel for its treatment of peace activists on the Ship to Gaza vessel Estelle. The Estelle was trying to bring supplies to the Gaza Strip by sea, when it was seized by Israeli forces in international waters Saturday.
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt told the joint government-parliamentary Foreign Policy Council Monday that Sweden is not satisfied with how Israel has acted.
Sweden has still not received an explanation from the Israeli authorities why one of the Swedes on the Estelle has been separated from the others. The Ship to Gaza organisation says that activist Dror Feiler is to be charged, as an Israeli citizen, with aiding the enemy.
The Swedish foreign ministry says that Feiler has only Swedish citizenship. He was born in Israel but that citizenship was rescinded in 1983 when he became a Swedish citizen. Israel has confirmed this status to the Swedish foreign ministry.
One of the Swedish activists from the Ship to Gaza has been released by the Israeli authorities.