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Icelandic citizen arrested at Israeli border, denied entry

Abraham Shwaiki, an Icelandic citizen of Palestinian descent, was arrested at Tel Aviv airport in the early hours of Wednesday morning, interrogated for nine hours, then denied entry. Shwaiki was on his way to visit his family in Palestine. During his detainment he was given no food or water, save for a single cup of coffee. This is reported by the online editions of Morgunbladid and RÚV.

According to Shwaiki, Israeli police found fault with his name, which was changed from Ibrahim to Abraham to adapt it to Icelandic naming regulations when he became an Icelandic citizen. They also found fault with his place of birth, which according to his passport is Jerusalem. His passport was subsequently confiscated and stamped as void. He was then made to leave the country without his luggage, with only the clothes he was wearing and his cellular phone.

Shwaiki’s wife notified the Icelandic Embassy in London, who sent a representative to meet him on arrival in the UK. According to Shwaiki, he has traveled to Israel at least three times with that same passport. Asked whether he knew why this had caused problems now, he replied that he did not and that he found the entire incident inexplicable.

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