[News] Palestine - We are NOT the “Story”, It’s Not Just Our 21 Kidnapped Passengers

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are NOT the "Story", It's Not Just Our 21 Kidnapped Passengers

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 13:22 Written by Free Gaza Team

On June 30th 2009 Israeli Occupation Forces forcibly boarded the Free 
Gaza boat, SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, and kidnapped 21 human rights workers 
and journalists who were on their way to deliver much needed 
humanitarian and reconstruction supplies to besieged Gaza. Those 
abducted by Israel include Nobel peace prize laureate Mairead Maguire 
and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.

Since their kidnapping, tens-of-thousands of people around the world 
have mobilized to demand their immediate and unconditional release. 
The Free Gaza Movement would like to thank everyone who has made a 
phone call, sent a fax or email, written a letter, or organized a 
demonstration on behalf of our 21 imprisoned friends.

With respect, it is not enough. We are not the story. Since its 
founding in 1948 the State of Israel has regularly kidnapped and 
tortured Palestinians, throwing them into forgotten prisons where 
they can languish for years. Today, over 11,000 Palestinian political 
prisoners without benefit of due process, some never even charged - 
men, women, and children - endure torture and isolation in Israeli 
jails, outdoor prison camps, and secret black sites. They come from 
all walks of life: doctors, journalists, parliamentarians, workers, 
resistance fighters, homemakers, students and others. They are our 
sisters and brothers.

The 21 passengers aboard the Spirit of Humanity have been illegally 
incarcerated for their solidarity work with Palestine. 11,000 other 
members of our common human family are already imprisoned simply for 
being Palestinian.

The Siege of Palestine is not simply the physical blockade against 
Gaza. The Siege includes the hundreds of checkpoints throughout the 
West Bank that separate families and communities and shatter any 
prospect for a viable Palestinian state. The Siege includes the 
millions of Palestinians in Diaspora, many of them dumped in squalid 
refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere. The Siege is 
ever-present throughout all aspects of Palestinian life.

This Siege is only strengthened when we pay more attention to the 
injustice done to 21 international solidarity workers than we do to 
the much greater injustices already being committed against millions 
of Palestinians.

We in the Free Gaza Movement implore all the good people around the 
world who have working so hard to secure the release of our friends 
to "adopt" a Palestinian prisoner. We ask you to learn about the 
crisis and take on the cause of an individual prisoner as your own.

Break the Siege! Reach out to Palestine!

For more information, please visit 
<http://www.FreeGaza.org>FreeGaza.org, as well as the following 
prisoner information websites:

    * http://sumoud.tao.ca/?q=node/view/76

    * http://www.btselem.org/english/statistics/Detainees_and_Prisoners.asp

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