Bristol activist 'facing deportation' after protest in Palestine
A BRISTOL peace activist is facing deportation by Israeli authorities after he was detained at a protest in occupied Palestinian, according to campaign groups.
Tom Woodnut, 29, was arrested on Friday by border police at a demonstration by locals over the access to a road near the village of Kafr Qaddum, in the West Bank.
If deported Mr Woodnut, a first aid trainer with the British Red Cross, may be detained by the British Special Branch for questioning on his return.
Mr Woodnut has been a volunteer in Palestine with the International Solidarity Movement since early October last autumn.
On Friday March 1, it is reported that Mr Woodnut was amongst several international and Israeli activists attending one of Kafr Quddom´s weekly protests, with the aim of monitoring and to restraining violence by the Israeli occupation forces.
The regular demonstrations, which began in July 2011, are part of a long term goal of the locals to regain access to the road which leads to Nablus, the nearest city.
According to local campaign group Bristol Against Arms Trade protestors on Friday were met by Isreali forces with stun grenades, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets.
As protesters returned to the village, the group says a number were arrested in an ambush by border police.
It is claimed that Mr Woodnut was hit with a rifle butt and punched whilst blindfolded and is currently being transferred to the Israeli Interior Ministry as part of his deportation.
Campaigners are claiming no evidence has been presented of any wrong-doing.
Mr Woodnut, stood trial in 2010 over breaking into a Brighton arms equipment manufacturing plant.