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(en) Jaggi Singh refused entry into Israel

From Stefan Christoff <christoff@dojo.tao.ca>
Date Sun, 15 Dec 2002 02:49:40 -0500 (EST)

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Montreal. December 14, 2002 -- Jaggi Singh, a Montreal-based writer and
social justice activist, has been denied entry into Tel Aviv. He flew out
of Montreal last night and arrived in Tel Aviv today at around 6:30 PM
local time (11:30 AM EST).  He was stopped at customs and questioned for
several hours before being refused by Israeli officials. Jaggi is refusing
to leave Tel Aviv voluntarily. He was able to contact the Canadian
consulate, who then informed his contact-people in Montreal that Israeli
authorities had refused him entry for "security reasons." Jaggi is now in
detention, and lawyers in Tel Aviv have been contacted on his behalf.

Jaggi was travelling to the occupied territories to write about the
realities of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Jaggi is well known in
Canada and abroad for speaking out against injustice in the many forms it

You can pressure the Canadian embassy in Tel Aviv
(www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/telaviv) to intervene with Israeli authorities in
order to have Jaggi released from detention and allowed Israel. The
contact information for the embassy is:

Telephone : +011-972-3-636-3300
Fax : +011-972-3-636-3383
E-mail : taviv@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

Please cc your emails to andrea@tao.ca.

You can also put pressure on the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs
and International Trade (DFAIT) to intervene on Jaggi's behalf.  You can
call DFAIT at 613-944-6788, or toll free (from within Canada only) at
1-800-267-6788. As of Monday morning, you can also ask to speak directly
to Myra Pastyr-Lupul, the person in charge of case management at DFAIT.
She can be reached at 613-944-9094.

We will continue to send updates about Jaggi's situation as we receive
more information.

Andrea and Stefan

Andrea: 514-583-2209; andrea@tao.ca
Stefan: 514-268-4069; christoff@tao.ca


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