Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa has been barred from entering Israel after 11 months of his #WalkToPalestine campaign.
Ladraa approached the Jordan-Israel border yesterday with several other activists who had planned to walk the last kilometers with him in solidarity.
Upon arriving at the border, Ladraa found himself detained and interrogated for six hours, before being denied entry. Border guards accused him of lying during the interrogation and alleged he would go to the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh and organize a protest.
Ladraa has spent his time in Jordan visiting Palestinian refugee camps as he had done in Lebanon. Earlier this week he visited the Irbid refugee camp and met with Palestinians who had been forced out of their homes in 1948. He also visited a local hospital where Gazans, injured in the latest protest were being treated.
Ladraa’s aim has been to raise awareness about the Palestinian cause and has been giving numerous public speeches and media appearances to global and local news channels. He has tried to meet as many people as possible along his way, and uploaded his journey updates on social media, having garnered nearly 20,000 followers in less than a year.
The Swedish musician chose to make the journey to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration that provided international legitimacy for the Zionist project that led to the subsequent creation of the state of Israel and the displacement of nearly one million Palestinians in 1948.
Source: Palestine Chronicle