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March 5, 2014 2:37 pm

U.S. Anti-Israel Activist Detained in Egypt While Trying to Enter Gaza

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Code Pink protests in 2009 in Los Angeles. Photo: Wikipedia

New York Times – Medea Benjamin, a co-founder of the American protest group Code Pink, which opposes United States military actions, said Tuesday that she had been detained in the Cairo airport and assaulted by the Egyptian police while trying to travel to Gaza for a meeting opposing the Israeli occupation there.

A spokesman for the Egyptian foreign ministry said that Ms. Benjamin had been stopped at the airport because the Gaza border crossing was closed, and that she had then physically resisted the airport security agents. “She arrived in Cairo and insisted on going to Gaza,” said the spokesman, Badr Abdelatty. “She was prevented because the border crossing is closed.”

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