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Israel Prevents Irish Activists From Boarding Flight Home

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UPDATE 2, 10 Nov 2011 :

TONITE, 11.30pm: Dublin Airport, T1: Welcome Home #FreedomWaves prisoners (Part 1)

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Five of the kidnapped Irish participants in the #FreedomWaves to Gaza mission will return home on flight LH982 (from Frankfurt) at 11.40pm on Thursday 10th November.

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Mags O'Brien, John Mallon, Trevor Hogan, Hugh Lewis and Patrick Fitzgerald have all been illegally held by the Israeli state since Friday afternoon after being violently abducted in international waters while attempting to break the illegal siege and sailing to the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The Irish Ship To Gaza campaign is organising a welcoming committee to meet them at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport, and asking people to gather there at around 11.30pm to be there when they come through the gates.

For the latest update on the current situation regarding the Irish #FreedomWaves prisoners -- who have been subjected to intense intimidation by the Israeli state in an effort to break their spirits -- please see here.

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UPDATE 1, 10 Nov 2011:

Irish Activists Again Stopped From Leaving Israel

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Two leading Irish human rights activists were prevented for a second time today from flying home from Israel, in the latest strange twist to the protracted homecoming saga of Ireland's #FreedomWaves campaigners.

They were among the 14 Irish passengers of the MV Saoirse, hijacked in international waters last Friday on a humanitarian mission to Gaza.

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The seven people who had earlier been stopped from flying out on a morning British Airways flight were returned to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport this afternoon to take a Lufthansa flight. However, only five of them departed, with two -- Irish Ship to Gaza co-ordinator Fintan Lane and Limerick university lecturer Zoe Lawlor -- being returned to Israeli custody.

The Irish Ship to Gaza campaign understands that these developments caught Irish consular officials by surprise.

"We had been informed by the Irish consular mission that seven Irish citizens, held in Israel since last Friday, were placed on a Lufthansa flight home bound," spokesperson Claudia Saba said this afternoon. "However, a few minutes later we got a call saying that the bus that had gone out to the plane with seven passengers then returned with two of them still on it."

Campaigners were told by Irish officials that Lane and Lawlor had boarded the flight, but were then removed and "returned to their holding cells" at the airport.

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