Published: 2018-07-06 15:34
Last Updated: 2018-07-06 20:33
Twenty-five-year-old Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa was prevented from entering Palestine upon his arrival to the King Hussein Bridge, Jordanian-Palestinian border.
Ladraa’s “Walk to Palestine” initiative, which intends to raise awareness about the human rights violations committed by Israel, reached an end on Friday at dawn after an 11 month on-foot journey from Sweden.
Israeli authorities interrogated Ladraa for six hours then handed him an official document issued by the Israeli Ministry of Interior which denied him entrance to Palestine.
Hours later, Ladraa took a picture of himself holding the banning order and posted it to his Facebook page with the following statement: “The Israelis didn't allow me to enter Palestine. I was interrogated for about six hours before they told me I was denied entry. They only gave two reasons for denying me entry, one was that they thought I was lying during the interrogation and the other was that they thought I would go to Nabi Saleh and make a demonstration (which they just assumed). On this day it has been eleven months of walking and speaking about the human rights violations under the occupation. Now ask yourself why the Israeli state fears one Swedish man so much that they didn't allow him to enter the country they are occupying. This is the power of activism.”