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Abbas grants Benjamin Ladraa Palestinian nationality, Ashrawi extends gratitude

July 7, 2018 11:34 A.M. (Updated: July 10, 2018 3:17 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas granted the Palestinian nationality to Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa, 25, and bestowed the Medal of Merit on him in appreciation of his efforts and support of the Palestinian people.

Ladraa had walked 4,800 kilometers, through 15 countries on a period of 11 months with a Palestinian flag on his back to raise awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people under the Israeli military occupation.

The Israeli authorities banned Ladraa entry to Palestine when he arrived predawn Friday at the Allenby Bridge, the Jordanian-Palestinian borders, that is the last leg of his walk.

Ladraa was also held for 6 hours of interrogations by the Israeli authorities at the border.

Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said that Ladraa "represents the conscience of humanity."

Ashrawi said in a statement "On behalf of the Palestinian leadership and people of Palestine, we extend our deep gratitude to Ladraa who has demonstrated exceptional courage and integrity by advocating on behalf of the Palestinian people and educating the international community about Israel's persistent violations and acts of aggression against Palestinian lives, lands and resources,"

"We will remain indebted to Mr. Ladraa,” Ashrawi added.
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