Journalist Noam Ben Ze’ev from the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reports that the 60-year-old piano tuner Paul Larudee from USA has been sitting in a jail cell in Ben-Gurion airport, waiting for a court decision on his case, since 4 June 2006. He was on his way to tune pianos in Ramallah and Jenin when his entrance to Israel was prevented due to security considerations and a deportation order was issued against him. He refused to board the plane leaving Israel against his will, and was consequently arrested.
“I would like to engage in a debate on the nature of a threat to security and what constitutes such a threat,” Paul Larudee said over a mobile phone to Noam Ben Ze’ev.
Paul Larudee is also a peace activist and a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
A court hearing to decide whether or not the state of Israel will deny his entry to Palestine and deport him back to California is scheduled for 15 June 2006.
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Ha’aretz – 12 June 2006:
‘Arrest of the Piano Tuner’
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