Swedish author calls for global sanctions on Israel

Swedish crime novelist Henning Mankell, who travelled in the Gaza aid flotilla, has urged global sanctions on Israel after the deadly strike on the convoy.

Swedish author calls for global sanctions on Israel

Swedish crime novelist Henning Mankell, who travelled in the Gaza aid flotilla, has urged global sanctions on Israel after the deadly strike on the convoy.

Mankell said sanctions against Israel would put pressure on the country to lift the naval blockade on Gaza just as sanctions against South Africa had contributed to the dismantling of the apartheid regime in that country.

"I think we should use the experience of South Africa, where we know that the sanctions had a great impact. It took time, but they had an impact," Mankell said in a TV clip on Swedish tabloid Expressen's Web site.

The 62-year-old author, whose books about world-weary detective Kurt Wallander have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide and have been adapted to film and television, said he was taking part in the flotilla to show his solidarity towards the Palestinian people.

"I think that when one talks about solidarity, one must always know that actions are what proves destiny," he told Swedish public radio last Thursday.

"It is with actions that we prove we are ready to support something we believe is important," he said.

The Foreign Ministry in Stockholm said all 11 Swedes were safe and accounted for, although one was slightly injured.

Six Swedes were arrested and at least four were deported, the ministry said.

The government summoned Israel's ambassador to Sweden to demand an explanation for the attack, which it called "completely unacceptable."

A Swedish member of parliament, Mehmet Kaplan, also returning home on Tuesday, told Swedish Radio Ekot he was very happy to be back but felt a great sadness for those who died.

"We had no weapons. We were civilians. No one had a right to take over our ship," he said, describing the chaos and fear as forces stormed the vessel he was aboard.

"When one is faced with a totally masked elite force, you are just at a complete loss as to what to do," he said.

The six ships, carrying more than 700 passengers, were on a mission to deliver some 10,000 tonnes of supplies to Gaza, which has been under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007.


Agencies

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