“An Australian woman has been detained by Israeli authorities for the past five days after refusing to leave the country.”
Shiri Lock had been planning to attend a peace conference in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, but was denied entry into Israel.
“‘Well, Shiri and her friends are actually peace activists and they have come to a non-violent conference in Bethlehem, and she was denied entry under the reason that she presents a security threat,’ [her lawyer] said.”
“‘We believe that peace activists do not represent any security threat or other threat to the state and that’s why we decided to appeal.'”
Israel is notoriously frightened of dissent within its own borders, such is the fragility of its democracy.