Why DSS Arrested 3 Israelis Film Makers In Anambra
Three Israeli filmmakers were seized, jailed, and apparently tortured by the State Security Service (DSS) on suspicion of supporting the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
iexclusive News Nigeria reports that Rudy Rochman, a Zionist activist, filmmaker Noam Leibman, and French-Israeli Journalist E. David Benaym were arrested last week while filming a documentary in Ogidi village, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State. According to the Times of Israel.
The trio is alleged to have left Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport on July 5 and arrived in Nigeria the next day to make the documentary “We Were Never Lost,” which examines Jewish communities in African countries such as Kenya, Uganda Madagascar and Nigeria.
The crew was interviewed and seized by SSS operatives inside a synagogue in Ogidi during Friday night services, according to locals, and then transferred to Abuja.
As the shoot occurred on the heels of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest and repatriation from Kenya.
A post on the “We Were Never Lost” Facebook page partly said, “We do not take any position on political movements as we are not here as politicians nor as a member of any governmental delegations.”
The arrest was alleged to have been verified by Nigeria’s foreign ministry on Tuesday.
The Israeli Embassy in Abuja is following up on the issue, though Peoples Gazette was unable to reach the ministry for confirmation.
A DSS spokeswoman also declined to comment on the arrest and allegations of torture.
After being given bail in April 2017, Mr Kanu, who was first imprisoned by the Nigerian authorities in October 2015, declared that he was Jewish in 2018.
The British-Nigerian national has openly stated that he owed his survival to Israel.
After soldiers attacked his home in Nigeria in 2018, the IPOB leader warned Israel must rise to defend millions of Igbo Jews in the country.
“Israel must fulfill its responsibility to defend Judaism and Jewish faith around the world,” he stated.
“We are being hunted down. As a nation, we are suffering, and I believe it is Israel’s responsibility to ensure that Biafra exists as an independent African entity.”
“Biafra has a population of about 70 million people spread over the globe. They’ve dubbed us Africa’s wandering Jews. “There are over 50 million people who identify with their Jewish heritage,” he noted.
Mr Kanu was detained again in June of this year and charged before the Federal High Court in Abuja, where he was remanded in custody until his trial resumed on July 26.
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