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British student deported...social media posts 'posed a security threat'
Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/1/14 | Yaara Shalom

Posted on 01/10/2014 12:44:39 PM PST by Eleutheria5

British student Gary Spedding was deported from Israel on Friday because his social media activity allegedly posed a "security threat."

Spedding is an activist against anti-Semitism and in favor of finding a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

According to Sky News, Spedding arrived at Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday on a flight from London's Luton Airport. At immigration, he was taken to an interview room where he was subjected to a full body search and interrogation.

Immigration officers took Spedding's phone and went through its contents for four-to-five hours, copying content from it, according to Spedding, who kept his social media followers up to date with live updates.

"Just noticed Israeli security went through the email address I use for Alliance Party matters - they read our party proposals (confidential for party only) to the Haass talks," he wrote on Facebook.

He also said on Twitter that he has been repeatedly threatened by airport security with nine days in detention and a permanent ban from Israel.

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He said he will be "seeking legal recourse through [the] Israeli court system" against the ban.

Spedding, an active youth member of Northern Ireland's Alliance Party and a Huffington Post columnist, traveled to Israel in order to meet with Israeli politicians and NGOs.

He founded and served as Vice President of the Palestine Solidarity Society at Queen's University in Belfast, and joined the Holy Land Trust - an NGO that "aspires to strengthen and empower the peoples of the Holy Land (in particular Israelis and Palestinians) to engage in spiritual, pragmatic and strategic paths that will end all forms of oppression."

Spedding said the incident will not deter him from continuing his nonviolent activist work.

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(Excerpt) Read more at jpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: activist; bengurion; deported; garyspedding; israel
Here is his Twitter link: https://twitter.com/GarySpedding

Oddly enough, I can't find his facebook page to see what it was all about. The JPost seems rather one-sided about this, and the fact that the facebook page has apparently disappeared makes me suspicious. Anyone have the lowdown on his NGO and political party?

1 posted on 01/10/2014 12:44:39 PM PST by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5

Hey, he’s a HufPo columnist! Need the story say any more?


2 posted on 01/10/2014 12:47:53 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Eleutheria5

Good call Israel.


3 posted on 01/10/2014 1:03:04 PM PST by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Here’s the Wikipedia page for the he founded...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen’s_University_Belfast_Palestine_Solidarity_Society

It reads like it was written buy one of its members....and it still doesn’t sound very good to anyone who isn’t down with current politically correct positions.


4 posted on 01/10/2014 1:03:47 PM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: Eleutheria5

Let me guess, it was pro-Palestinian


5 posted on 01/10/2014 1:05:45 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: JoeDetweiler

he was in Isreal and was trying to get involved in their politics?

He should have been deported faster


6 posted on 01/10/2014 1:06:32 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Eleutheria5
"Spedding is an activist against anti-Semitism"

"He founded and served as Vice President of the Palestine Solidarity Society"

Does not compute.

7 posted on 01/10/2014 1:10:11 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Here’s their mission statement. So far, he’s so full of crap it’s coming out his ears.

The Queen’s University Belfast Palestine Solidarity Society is a student society in Northern Ireland promoting a peaceful resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict based on the principles of democracy, international law, human rights and justice. The goals of the organization include emboldening students in Northern Ireland to actively build up a diverse range of views and opinions on the conflict in Israel – Palestine for the purposes of standing in solidarity with Palestinians, whilst developing a better understanding of the situation on the ground. The organization supports a moderate form of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and applies this by advocating in favor of a strategic and targeted approach to the Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

And here from the wiki article is the homepage of his organization:

http://blogs.qub.ac.uk/palestinesolidarity/

I must prepare for Shabbat, and will happily see what goodies have been dug up tomorrow night. If I were at Ben Gurion security, I’d have a dossier on this guy ready to hand, too.


8 posted on 01/10/2014 1:13:12 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: JoeDetweiler

It’s just another group of anti-Semites that use collectivism and Muzzies to destroy Israel.


9 posted on 01/10/2014 1:16:30 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Eleutheria5

“and in favor of finding a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”

Oh, he’s gonna get ‘peace’.

For 1,260 days ... then ....


10 posted on 01/10/2014 1:24:16 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
"Spedding is an activist against anti-Semitism"

"He founded and served as Vice President of the Palestine Solidarity Society"

Does not compute. "

 

It does. Unfortunately anti-Semitism is used in a wrong way from the beginning. Make a search for the "Semitic people" and you will find out.

 

11 posted on 01/10/2014 1:36:17 PM PST by OneHun
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To: OneHun

I know what you mean, but it is intellectually disingenuous to apply that term in any other way but as one against Jews. Of course, a more descriptive term would be that he is an anti-Zionist.


12 posted on 01/10/2014 1:40:01 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
 

You are right.  Perhaps the guy tried to play the clever one, but didn't work for him.

 

13 posted on 01/10/2014 2:47:39 PM PST by OneHun
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To: Eleutheria5

What nobody seems to have picked up is his background with the Northern Ireland Alliance Party. Alliance is the (mostly admirable) non-sectarian group which has worked to bridge the gulf between Protestant and Catholic in Northern Ireland. That suggests to me he may be genuine.


14 posted on 01/11/2014 12:43:15 AM PST by Winniesboy
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To: Winniesboy
From the Palestine Solidarity Society web site:

In a recent DUP press release, mendaciously labelling the Cooperative group’s human rights and ethical trading policy as an “Israeli boycott”, I noticed a statement from you claiming that the Co-op “by continuing this divisive boycott” would only “further hurt the livelihoods of people working in the West Bank” (Palestinians) and you then further implied that if businesses had to “relocate away from that area” it might affect the “job security” that those settler businesses “currently provide for many Palestinian employees”. Such claims are of course fallacious, demonstrating deliberate omittance on your part to draw upon documented and verifiable research such as the ‘Palestinian Workers in Settlements’ position paper from Israeli NGO Who Profits’ which refutes claims, such as yours, as being a “blatant attempt to distract public attention from the Israeli occupation and the daily hardships suffered by Palestinians, who are compelled to seek their livelihood in Israeli industries, usually in settlements.” Reports, like the above mentioned often document the working conditions in the Settlements and postulate that the settlement industry can be likened to sweatshops which exploit a cheap labour force. Indeed the political reality of the occupation doesn’t really allow Palestinian workers to make a free and informed choice regarding their own livelihoods. Another report from an Israeli organisation, Kav Laoved, entitled ‘Employment of Palestinians in Israel and the Settlements: Restrictive Policies and Abuse of Rights’ documents the obstacles and forms of exploitation faced by Palestinians. Let us also not overlook your complete failure to even acknowledge, let alone highlight, the illegality of Israel’s settlements in occupied territory – settlement of occupied territory is illegal as per the 4th Geneva Convention and The Hague regulations. Could it be that DUP representatives are shedding crocodile tears for Palestinian workers, people in truth they couldn’t care less about, in shameless efforts to obscure activities that the international community deem illegal? Surely if the DUP did care then they would be outspoken about the formation of direct trade links between Northern Ireland and ethical Palestinian companies and business, thus helping to develop the Palestinian economy as opposed to propping up illegal settlements? Why do the DUP uncritically support the right-wing policies of the State of Israel, as opposed to people of Israel, most of whom (58%) support a two-state solution? These self-righteous and sanctimonious claims unveil the true agenda of these occupation apologists – one consistently against a just peace and in favour of a permanent continuation of oppressive military occupation.
15 posted on 01/11/2014 9:11:23 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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