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Gaza convoy man returns to Island

Peter Venner AN Island man, caught up in the storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla by Israeli commandos, has spoken of his relief at returning home.
Peter Venner, 63, arrived back on the Island yesterday (Sunday), after being deported from Israel via Turkey.
He was on board the aid vessel Mavi Marmara when it was attacked in international waters by Israeli forces, killing nine people.
“I’m very happy to be back and almost completely unscathed,” said Mr Venner, of Ryde, who was bound with cable ties, held at gunpoint and locked up in an Israeli prison for two days before being flown out of the country.
“I was prepared for the fact there might be a confrontation, I thought we might be attacked or even torpedoed,” said Mr Venner.
“When they stormed the ship, I didn’t panic because the adrenaline kicked in. It was like going into shock.
“The whole thing has been a huge embarrassment for Israel.”

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk
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