A Jewish special needs teacher has been prevented from delivering aid collected by Jewish donors to migrants in Calais.
Holly Kal-Weiss was turned away by border officials on Friday, with authorities claiming she is “a danger to public order or internal security.”
She told Jewish News, she “was refused entry both at the Eurotunnel and at Dover and told by the British Police that I was most likely banned for the weekend so suggested I did not try again.”
Kal-Weiss, 51 said the “only explanation given was that there was a ‘demonstration today’”, which prevented her from making her way across the channel to deliver aid including tents, sleeping bags and food.
The aid, she told the paper, was collected by her synagogue Finchley Reform, Jewish primary schools Eden and Alma, and non-community groups like the Jamie Oliver Foundation.
Holly added that she has been to Calais at least a dozen times in the last year without problem. “I have never broken the law and have never been banned or refused entry from any country ever. I am hardly a danger to anyone.”
Calling the refusal of her aid delivery “disgraceful”, the mother of two who teaches dyslexic children added that “I’m trying my best to help innocent people who have fled war.”