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‘We’re not going to stop!’ – Israelis arrested in Nigeria and accused of supporting IPOB speak after 3 weeks in detention

Three Israelis arrested in Nigeria, Rudy Rochman, David Benaym, and Noam Leibman who were detained for 3 weeks by the DSS over allegations that they are supporting IPOB, have been  granted an interview after their release.

Rudy Rochman, who is a Zionist activist, and David Nenaym, a French-Israeli journalist, were arrested alongside filmmaker Noam Leibman in a Synagogue in Ogidi village, Anambra State, where they went to shoot a documentary titled, We Were Never Lost.

Following their arrest, they were taken to Abuja where they were interrogated and detained for 3 weeks before being allowed to return to Israel.

Back home in Tel Aviv, Israel, they granted an interview immediately upon arrival. They said they were happy to be freed after 3 weeks in detention but they will not stop telling the story of the Jewish life in Nigeria.

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Rudy Rochman, who is a Zionist activist, and David Nenaym, a French-Israeli journalist, were arrested alongside filmmaker Noam Leibman in a Synagogue in Ogidi village, Anambra State, where they went to shoot a documentary titled, We Were Never Lost. Rudy Rochman said during the interview: “We just went through 3 weeks in a cage locked up for no reason. We did nothing wrong. We just came there to show the stories of the Jewish life in Nigeria – the Igbos – and though we were not able to do our full project, we’re still not gonna stop and we’re still going to share the stories and showcase that they get recognition and that people understand who they are.”But, obviously,  we’re very tired and very happy to be back home.”

Noam, the third man detained by the DSS, later joined in on the interview and expressed regrets that they couldn’t complete the project that brought them to Nigeria.

He added that though they couldn’t get it done now, “we’re not giving up for the future.”

The men who said they made it clear via their social media account before their arrest that they were not affiliated to any secessionist movement, yet that didn’t stop their arrest.

They were told upon time of getting arrested by “about a dozen armed men in ski masks” that they were just going to take them in for questioning for “30 minutes”

Rudy Rochman, who is a Zionist activist, and David Nenaym, a French-Israeli journalist, were arrested alongside filmmaker Noam Leibman in a Synagogue in Ogidi village, Anambra State, where they went to shoot a documentary titled, We Were Never Lost.  He continued: “And at no point were we actually arrested. They didn’t tell us that we were accused of something,  they didn’t tell us you’re officially arrested of something. And their status of ‘invited’ is what allows them to not allow us to have a lawyer, not allow us to have a phone call, not allow us to have any rights…”

He said that they told the security operatives that since they were not under arrest, they should let them go but the men told them, “if you go, then we’ll stop you.”Rochman added that they tried to leave a few times but “they jumped on us and threw us back into the cage.”

(lindaikejisblog)

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