Israel deports Spanish clown for terrorist ties


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s security service deported a renowned Spanish clown.

Ivan Prado, director of the International Clown Festival in Galicia, arrived in Israel late last month with plans to organize a clown festival in Ramallah. The Shin Bet questioned Prado, as well as the Spanish national of Arab descent with whom he was traveling, for six hours before placing them on a return flight, Haaretz reported.

Prado was accused of having ties to Palestinian terrorist organizations.

Since his return to Spain, Prado has launched a media campaign denouncing Israel and comparing the situation of Palestinians in the West Bank with Jews in Poland, Haaretz reported.

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