MONTREAL – At least one Canadian has been detained in Israel following an attempt by a group of international peace activists to enter the country as part of a pro-Palestinian campaign.
Charlotte Gaudreau-Majeau, a 19-year-old from Quebec, is being held in the Givon detention centre near Tel Aviv, organizers of the campaign in Montreal said Monday.
She was part of a so-called “flytilla” that was barred from entering Israel on Sunday.
A spokesman in Montreal says she had refused to be deported and wanted to continue her trek to Bethlehem.
A half-dozen other Canadians were able to make it through.
Only about 50 out of an anticipated 1,500 participants are believed to have made it.
Stephan Corriveau said he believes most other Quebecers who were part of Airflotilla2 have been deported and are either in Europe or back in Canada.
The campaign aims to build Palestinian schools and raise awareness about the living conditions of people in Gaza and the West Bank.
Corriveau, a Quebec-based organizer of the “Welcome to Palestine” initiative, said about 120 people were arrested and deported in a similar attempt to reach the Palestinian territories.
A news conference is planned with Gaudreau-Majeau’s mother and some of the activists who have already returned on Tuesday in Montreal.