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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Greeks return home after Israeli detention ]

Greeks return home after Israeli detention

CHARGES OF beatings, excessive use of rubber bullets, torture, electric shocks and a complete communication ban were levelled against Israel by the first Greek activists released from captivity yesterday morning.

Six Greek nationals returned to Greece yesterday after being captured by Israeli commandos in international waters for taking part in the Free Gaza flotilla and held in detention in Israel for 24-hours.

Four of the six, Michael Grigoropoulos, Aristides Papadocostopoulos, Demetrios Gelalis and Thanasis Petroyiannis held a press conference at midday to talk about their captivity, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported.

According to the four, the two Greek ships, Free Mediterranean and Sfendoni, were attacked at 5am, just after the raid on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara.

A Palestinian, Ismat Sabri, who did not travel with the flotilla but helped to prepare the humanitarian aid intended for the people of Gaza, insisted that thorough checks were made on the cargo loaded on the ships. He argued that Israeli claims there were guns on board were unfounded.

The Greek activists told reporters that Israeli commandos who boarded the ships beat hard anyone who tried to resist. They took medicine away from the doctors on board and refused to allow those detained to move until the ships arrived at Ashdod in Israel, they said.

“If anyone dared to get up, the Israelis jumped on them. We would raise our hands like children to get permission after some time to go to the toilet,” said Gelalis.

According to CNA, the activists said that the Israeli authorities confiscated all their personal belongings, including mobile phones, laptops and all their clothes. At some point, masked doctors arrived to treat the injured.

The journey to Ashdod took 12 hours, during which the activists were filmed by Israelis. Once there, the activists said that their captors beat anyone who refused to be fingerprinted or sign a statement - in Hebrew - saying they regretted attacking the state of Israel. They were told that those who did not sign would go to court.

The four proceeded to describe the scenes in Ashdod, saying that those who were beaten would be given injections to calm down when their bodies started to shake. After calming down, the beatings would start again. Three Greeks, who are still being held, were badly beaten, they said.

The freed Greek activists said that the Israeli authorities would move activists from one place to another until they were finally placed in cells, without windows and a light on for 24 hours.

During their detention, the activists had limited access to water but no food, said the Greek nationals. When they asked to speak with the Greek Embassy, the Israeli authorities reportedly laughed at them and responded more aggressively. Where they were kept, only US Embassy officials were seen visiting American citizens.

The Greeks also pointed the finger at the Greek government, highlighting that when the assault against the Turkish ship began, the ships’ captains tried repeatedly to contact the Greek Foreign Ministry but no one would pick up.

The activists called on Israel to return all hostages, ships and the humanitarian aid, noting that it was donated by the people of Greece and the rest of Europe. The aid “was not intended for Israelis but for the oppressed Palestinians”, they were quoted saying.  (CNA)

(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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