Israel Deports U.S. Peace Activist Kristen Schurr As Israeli Forces Sweep Through Jenin Again

May 17, 2002

Israeli tanks swept through the Jenin refugee camp again this morning amid heavy gunfire. The army’s earlier attack on the camp gave rise to an international outcry; close to half of the people who died in the attack were civilians.

Israeli forces have continued to invade the West Bank, despite announcing last week the end of the military offensive.

Meanwhile, International Solidarity Movement activist Kristen Schurr returned to her home in New York last night. She was one of the peace activists who made it into Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity while it was besieged by Israeli soldiers. After the siege ended, the Israeli troops arrested all the activists inside and held them in prison without charges. Most of the activists went on hunger strike in protest. They asked not to be deported, so that they could return of their own free will.

But Kristen Schurr was deported. She joins us now in the studio.


  • Kristin Schurr, International Solidarity Movement. Kristin spent more than a week in the Church of the Nativity, before being deported by Israel. She returned to the United States yesterday.

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** International Solidarity Movement