Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Press Release

8 Jun 2010
Last Irish Freedom Flotilla deportee, Al Mahdi Al Harati, arrives home safely

Last Irish Freedom Flotilla deportee, Al Mahdi Al Harati, arrives home safely

Today Al Mahdi Al Harati was the final Irish Gaza Freedom Flotilla deportee to arrive home. Mr Al Harati was welcomed by a large contingent of family and friends at Dublin airport earlier this afternoon.


Al Madhi Al Harati arriving home (photo by Adele King)

Freda Hughes of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign welcomed his safe return and saluted his bravery: "Al Mahdi, like all of the Freedom Flotilla participants, is deserving of our praise for his courage in attempting to break the illegal siege of Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid to the besieged people there. We are all relieved that he is safely back in Ireland. We hope that his family, who we know were extremely worried about his health, can rest easy now and celebrate his return."



Also today, Gardai forcibily removed around 40 protesters who where peacefully symbolically blockading the Israeli Embassy in Ballsbridge. One elderly man, was reportedly, was pushed to the ground and sustained bruises while others who dragged away by the scruffs of their necks.


Al Madhi Al Harati arriving home (photo by Adele King)


Al Madhi Al Harati arriving home (photo by Adele King)

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