BREAKING NEWS: Henning Mankell held by the Israelis

Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, author of the Wallander detective series, is one of nine Swedes held in Israel after landing from a Gaza-bound aid flotilla attacked by Israeli commandos, Sweden’s foreign ministry says – says Nine News.

Mankell, whose books about world-weary detective Kurt Wallander have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide and have been adapted to film and television, said he was taking part in the flotilla to show his solidarity towards the Palestinian people.

“I think that when one talks about solidarity, one must always know that actions are what proves destiny,” he told Swedish public radio last Thursday.

“It is with actions that we prove we are ready to support something we believe is important,” he said.

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