Israel - May 18, 2011 - 08:11
Na'eem Jeenah, a South African scholar who was detained by Israel, has reportedly been deported to Turkey. The Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC) in Johannesburg issued the following statement:
The director of the Afro Middle East Centre (AMEC) Na’eem Jeenah has been deported to Istanbul after ten hours of interrogation. Mr Jeenah’s passport and all his belongings were not returned. He was deported late last night and is presently in a holding area at Istanbul Airport.
We call on our government to offer Mr Jeenah full consular support and to speedily facilitate his safe travel home. AMEC also, at the very least, demands vigorous condemnation of this unconscionable act and an official protest to the Israeli government from our Department of International Relations and Cooperation...