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Honolulu woman among those detained by Israel after protest

Ann Wright Ann Wright
Larry Geller Larry Geller

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu activist Ann Wright was detained by Israeli authorities Monday after being taken off one of the eight ships bringing aid to gaza. The flotilla Wright was aboard was stormed by Israeli forces.

Nine activists were killed. Somehow Wright escaped the deadly violence but friends here in Hawaii are worried.

Larry Geller, of Honolulu, has known Wright for two years, "We didn't know if she was hurt or injured. I didn't know she was ok until I saw the video of her walking into the detention center in Ashdod, " said Geller.

Wright spoke with a reporter two days before the attack while on board the ship. Wright knew the attack would be deadly if it happened, but she was hoping Israelis were ready to go down another path.

"I would certainly hope the Israeli's would recognize this for what it is. A peaceful non-violent mechanism for forcing governments to do what governments don't want to do."

But they didn't, lives were lost and over 500 activists were detained. Wright is determined to help end the Israeli tensions. She is a former Army Colonel who resigned from her post at the US State Department in March 2003, in opposition to war in Iraq. Wright has been arrested several times over the past seven years, in her cause for peace.

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