President Mahmoud Abbas granted Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa a Palestinian nationality

President Mahmoud Abbas granted Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa a Palestinian nationality

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President Mahmoud Abbas granted Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa, 25, the Palestinian nationality and bestowed the Medal of Merit on him in appreciation of his efforts and support of the Palestinian people.

Ladraa had walked 4,800 kilometers with a Palestinian flag on his back, through 15 countries on a period of 11 months with a Palestinian flag on his back to raise awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people under the Israeli military occupation.

Ladraa was also held for 6 hours of interrogations by the Israeli authorities at the border.

Authorities banned Swedish human rights activist Mr. Ladraa from entering Palestine, when he arrived predawn Friday at the Allenby Bridge, the Jordanian-Palestinian borders, that is the last leg of his walk.

Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said that Ladraa “represents the conscience of humanity.”

Ashrawi said in a statement “On behalf of the Palestinian leadership and people of Palestine, we extend our deep gratitude to Ladraa who has demonstrated exceptional courage and integrity by advocating on behalf of the Palestinian people and educating the international community about Israel’s persistent violations and acts of aggression against Palestinian lives, lands and resources;  adding”  We will remain indebted to Mr. Ladraa,”

Source : imemc.

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