[News] Israel attacks boat - kidnaps activists
news at freedomarchives.org
Tue Jun 30 11:19:53 EDT 2009
ISRAEL ATTACKS JUSTICE BOAT; KIDNAPS HUMAN RIGHTS
WORKERS; CONFISCATES MEDICINE, TOYS AND OLIVE TREES
Rizzo Jun 30th, 2009 at 14:48
For more information contact: Greta Berlin
(English) tel: +357 99 081 767 /
<mailto:friends at freegaza.org>friends at freegaza.org
Caoimhe Butterly (Arabic/English/Spanish): tel:
+357 99 077 820 /
<mailto:sahara78 at hotmail.co.uk>sahara78 at hotmail.co.uk
www.FreeGaza.org [23 miles off the coast of
Gaza, 15:30pm] - Today Israeli Occupation Forces
attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat,
the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights
workers from 11 countries, including Noble
laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S.
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (see below for a complete list of passengers).
The passengers and crew are being forcibly
dragged toward Israel. This is an outrageous
violation of international law against us. Our
boat was not in Israeli waters, and we were on a
human rights mission to the Gaza Strip, said
Cynthia McKinney, a former U.S. Congresswoman and
presidential candidate. President Obama just
told Israel to let in humanitarian and
reconstruction supplies, and thats exactly what
we tried to do. We're asking the international
community to demand our release so we can resume
our journey. According to an International
Committee of the Red Cross report released
yesterday, the Palestinians living in Gaza are trapped in despair.
Thousands of Gazans whose homes were destroyed
earlier during Israels December/January massacre
are still without shelter despite pledges of
almost $4.5 billion in aid, because Israel
refuses to allow cement and other building
material into the Gaza Strip. The report also
notes that hospitals are struggling to meet the
needs of their patients due to Israels
disruption of medical supplies. The aid we were
carrying is a symbol of hope for the people of
Gaza, hope that the sea route would open for
them, and they would be able to transport their
own materials to begin to reconstruct the
schools, hospitals and thousands of homes
destroyed during the onslaught of "Cast Lead.
Our mission is a gesture to the people of Gaza
that we stand by them and that they are not
alone" said fellow passenger Mairead Maguire,
winner of a Noble Peace Prize for her work in
Northern Ireland. Just before being kidnapped by
Israel, Huwaida Arraf, Free Gaza Movement
chairperson and delegation co-coordinator on this
voyage, stated that: No one could possibly
believe that our small boat constitutes any sort
of threat to Israel. We carry medical and
reconstruction supplies, and childrens toys. Our
passengers include a Nobel peace prize laureate
and a former U.S. congressperson. Our boat was
searched and received a security clearance by
Cypriot Port Authorities before we departed, and
at no time did we ever approach Israeli waters.
Arraf continued, Israels deliberate and
premeditated attack on our unarmed boat is a
clear violation of international law and we
demand our immediate and unconditional release.
WHAT YOU CAN DO!
CONTACT the Israeli Ministry of Justice tel: +972
2646 6666 or +972 2646 6340 fax: +972 2646 6357
CONTACT the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
tel: +972 2530 3111 fax: +972 2530 3367
CONTACT Mark Regev in the Prime Minister's office
at: tel: +972 5 0620 3264 or +972 2670 5354
<mailto:mark.regev at it.pmo.gov.il>mark.regev at it.pmo.gov.il
CONTACT the International Committee of the Red
Cross to ask for their assistance in establishing
the wellbeing of the kidnapped human rights
workers and help in securing their immediate
release! Red Cross Israel tel: +972 3524 5286
fax: +972 3527 0370
<mailto:tel_aviv.tel at icrc.org>tel_aviv.tel at icrc.org
Red Cross Switzerland: tel: +41 22 730 3443 fax:
+41 22 734 8280 Red Cross USA: tel: +1 212 599 6021 fax: +1 212 599 6009 ###
Kidnapped Passengers from the Spirit of Humanity
include: Khalad Abdelkader, Bahrain Khalad is an
engineer representing the Islamic Charitable Association of Bahrain.
Othman Abufalah, Jordan Othman is a
world-renowned journalist with al-Jazeera TV.
Khaled Al-Shenoo, Bahrain Khaled is a lecturer with the University of Bahrain.
Mansour Al-Abi, Yemen Mansour is a cameraman with Al-Jazeera TV.
Fatima Al-Attawi, Bahrain Fatima is a relief
worker and community activist from Bahrain.
Juhaina Alqaed, Bahrain Juhaina is a journalist & human rights activist.
Huwaida Arraf, US Huwaida is the Chair of the
Free Gaza Movement and delegation co-coordinator for this voyage.
Ishmahil Blagrove, UK Ishmahil is a Jamaican-born
journalist, documentary film maker and founder of
the Rice & Peas film production company. His
documentaries focus on international struggles for social justice.
Kaltham Ghloom, Bahrain Kaltham is a community activist.
Derek Graham, Ireland Derek Graham is an
electrician, Free Gaza organizer, and first mate aboard the Spirit of Humanity.
Alex Harrison, UK Alex is a solidarity worker
from Britain. She is traveling to Gaza to do long-term human rights monitoring.
Denis Healey, UK Denis is Captain of the Spirit
of Humanity. This will be his fifth voyage to Gaza.
Fathi Jaouadi, UK Fathi is a British journalist,
Free Gaza organizer, and delegation co-coordinator for this voyage.
Mairead Maguire, Ireland Mairead is a Nobel
laureate and renowned peace activist.
Lubna Masarwa, Palestine/Israel Lubna is a
Palestinian human rights activist and Free Gaza organizer.
Theresa McDermott, Scotland Theresa is a
solidarity worker from Scotland. She is traveling
to Gaza to do long-term human rights monitoring.
Cynthia McKinney, US Cynthia McKinney is an
outspoken advocate for human rights and social
justice issues, as well as a former U.S.
congressperson and presidential candidate.
Adnan Mormesh, UK Adnan is a solidarity worker
from Britain. He is traveling to Gaza to do long-term human rights monitoring.
Adam Qvist, Denmark Adam is a solidarity worker
from Denmark. He is traveling to Gaza to do human rights monitoring.
Adam Shapiro, US Adam is an American documentary
film maker and human rights activist. Kathy
Sheetz, US Kathy is a nurse and film maker,
traveling to Gaza to do human rights monitoring.
### In Solidarity from all International
Movement to Open Rafah Border
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unite and free all of Palestine."
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