Author Henning Mankell on Gaza Convoy Raid 'First It Was Piracy, and Then It Was Kidnapping'

Bestselling Swedish author Henning Mankell was on the aid convoy that was raided last week by Israeli commandos as it headed for the Gaza Strip. He spoke to SPIEGEL about the soldiers' readiness to use violence, his mistreatment in Israeli custody and why he supports the Palestinian cause.
Swedish author Henning Mankell at a news conference in Berlin on June 3: "The soldiers were prepared to use violence on us from the beginning," he told SPIEGEL.

Swedish author Henning Mankell at a news conference in Berlin on June 3: "The soldiers were prepared to use violence on us from the beginning," he told SPIEGEL.

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Interview conducted by Tobias Rapp and Gerhard Spörl in Berlin on Thursday, June 3, two days after Henning Mankell was released.