I last tried to update this blog yesterday while in Saudi Arabian police custody at the border between Saudi Arabia and Jordan, near the town of Al Hadithah. They were trying to send me back to Jordan and I was saying “No, I have to speak to the governor of Al Hadithah, or the manager of the border, and explain my case to them.” I wrote, describing what had happened in the previous week, while waiting for their reply.
The update loaded onto my weblog. Soon after, friends reported that it had disappeared. We don’t know if this happened because of an internet hiccup or because someone in authority somewhere didn’t like what I had written and decided to take it offline. My good friends became worried but luckily today I was able to email and reassure them.
Going back almost a week to carry on from my last blog post:
In Al Arish, in Egypt, the security people checked all my stuff and even went through my Samsung Galaxy, keeping my stuff in their custody for a day. Then I was given it back but found out that I wasn’t going to be getting any help from the governor of Al Arish or the security forces, so I headed down towards the cities of Ismailia and Suez. People were, as usual, very helpful. From there I went to the Gulf of Aqaba and managed to enter the port of Al Aqaba in Jordan. Then I tried to cross the border towards Eilat, which is controlled by the Israeli people, who looked at me as a very dangerous man. I was searched and questioned. After about a day in custody I was asked to go back to Jordan and my entry to Israel/Palestine was denied. Then I headed back north and tried other borders but with no luck.