South African student detained in Israel

A young South African student from the University of the Witwatersrand is being detained in Israel‚ according to the National Coalition for a Free Palestine (NC4P).

It said on Saturday that Laeeqa Sujee (21)‚ a physiotherapy student‚ was en route to Palestine for a Youth Camp hosted by the Palestinian Higher Council for Youth and Sport.

Laeeqah’s Sujee’s sister‚ Nabeela‚ wrote on FaceBook earlier on Saturday:

“My 21 year old sister Laeeqa is being detained by Israel. She was amongst 3 other South African students who were en route to a Youth Camp in occupied Palestine.

“She flew at 2pm on Friday 25/11/16 and landed in Tel Aviv at 2am (Israel controls all borders into Palestine). At 4am we were alerted that the 2 other South African students went through but Laeeqa did not. She was kept in interrogation room until 9am when we heard that she was forced to sign a deportation order.

“We have now heard she has been taken to immigration holding cells and will only return on Monday. She is alone‚ she doesn’t have her medicines‚ she does not have her bags or any way of contacting us. The SA embassy in Tel Aviv has done nothing to ensure her safety or even call us.

“My family and I are very concerned for Laeeqa.”

Condemning the detention‚ NC4P said another young activist‚ Altaaf Adam‚ belonging to the Palestinian Solidarity Alliance (PSA) and also en route for the same Palestinian Youth Camp‚ was detained on Thursday and thereafter deported by Israeli authorities.

“Israel is increasingly preventing South African activists‚ young people and in particular church members from traveling to Palestine‚” it charged.

Last week on November 16‚ Rosalia Mpele who was traveling as part of a World Council of Churches (WCC) programme was also denied entry and deported back to South Africa by the Israeli regime when she was en route to Bethlehem in occupied Palestine‚ the organisation said.

“Others‚ majority of whom are church members and activists‚ who have been denied entry to Palestine by Israeli authorities in the last two years alone include: Itani Rasanahlavho‚ Daniel Kemp‚ Khulekani Magwaza‚ Rosalia Mpele ‚ Sarah Robinson‚ Marthie Momberg.

“In the past Israel has also denied Archbishop Desmond Tutu‚ Higher Education Minister Dr Blade Nzimande‚ Minister Thulas Nxesi and various other high profile South Africans entry into Palestine.

“We demand that Israeli authorities immediately release Sujee and refrain from obstructing her from visiting occupied Palestine. We also demand that the South African Government immediately investigates the issue of South Africans‚ particularly church members‚ being denied entry to Palestine. A clear message must be sent by DIRCO that Israel’s behaviour of denying South African citizens entry into Occupied Palestine is unacceptable‚” NC4P stated.

2 thoughts on “South African student detained in Israel

  • November 27, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    There is no such thing as occupied Palestine. Palestine is non existent as a people in the Bible. No matter how long you call it occupied, it will never be true. Palestinians should be asking for asylum not otherwise.

  • November 27, 2016 at 10:53 am

    What do they expect? They go there as enemies of the state of Israel to support terrorists and then want a welcoming commitee? If this article was balanced in any way we would also hear Israels side of the story and not just a one sided blablabla. This story is nothing but anti-Israel propoganda by people who don’t recognize Israels right to exist. The BDS and all there puppets often cry that they want the country from the Jordan river to the sea and using the word Apratheid to provoke emotions. Calling Israel an Apartheid state is an insult to those who suffered under real Apartheid in South Africa. Arabs in Israel can go to any hospital, any school or university, own land and property where ever they want, can practice any religion they want, are allowed to be gay, and most importantly can vote for whom ever they want. Arabs of all reliogions serve in the police and in the Israeli Army with pride. But those who don’t recognise Israel as a legitimate state openly wants it’s distruction, offering their children as martyrs with pride and the utmost hate.


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