PA gives Irish flotilla passengers honorary citizenship


DUBLIN, Ireland (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority has granted travel documents and honorary citizenship to Irish anti-Israel activists who participated in a Gaza aid flotilla.

A spokesman for the General Delegation of Palestine in Ireland confirmed the offer and said passports and honorary citizenship had been offered to all activists who were on the May 31 flotilla, according to a report in the Irish Times.

Eight Irish citizens and one Irish-registered vessel, the MV Rachel Corrie, were part of the six-ship convoy that tried to reach Gaza from Turkey two months ago. Some of the Irish citizens were detained in Israel after Israeli forces detained the ships, including the Marmara, where fighting resulted in the deaths of nine Turkish passengers and injuries to several Israeli commandos.

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