Israel has good reason to be wary of Gary Spedding

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The deportation of Belfast man Gary Spedding after he was stopped at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday has received considerable media coverage.

Much has focused on the allegation — denied by Israel — that the Alliance Party member and pro-Palestinian activist was stopped from entering the country because of his campaigning on the social media website Twitter.

Yesterday’s statement from the Israeli Embassy in London tells a very different side to the story, linking its actions to Mr Spedding’s leading role in a 2011 protest which turned violent (though he had no part in the violence and condemned it) against Israeli academic Solon Solomon.


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