"The Israeli forces were very aggressive to us, they confiscated all of our equipment, including the reporters' cameras," Majid Kial, a 26-year-old student from Haifa, who participated in Friday's "Freedom Waves" flotilla, told Ynet.
Kial, along with 27 other activists, was arrested by the Israeli Navy on Friday afternoon. He was released on Saturday.
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Some 21 activists slated for deportation told the Immigration Authority that they refuse to leave Israel. Sources within the Immigration Authority said that the activists admitted that they "came here to create provocations," and said that they wanted to remain in jail "to keep authorities busy."
'Soldier held a gun to my head'"Once we approached Gaza Strip the phones and internet on the ship were disconnected," Kial said. "We saw three Navy ships and we communicated with them using the ship's radio.
During the negotiations with the INF, he continued, masked commandoes stormed the ship, carrying various weapons: "They started threatening us and assaulting us. One of them even held a gun to my head," he claimed.
"Some of the soldiers threatened the captain to change the ship's course. One of the activists was attacked and suffered a head injury. After all of their threats, they flew the Israeli flag on the ship and we changed course to Ashdod."
Kial said that the activists refused to leave the ship once it arrived in Ashdod Port. "They threatened us and forced us to get off the ship. The Navy essentially hijacked us."
Kial was released several hours later. His passport was confiscated and he was ordered to pay a NIS 3,000 (roughly $830) fine. He was also barred from leaving the country for one month.
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