fotdmike (reposted) | 30.05.2010 23:48 | Palestine
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And now I’ve just received the following call-out from the Stop the War Coalition (not an organisation with whom I’ve had much truck in recent years, although in this particular case the cause is worthwhile) for an emergency demonstration this Monday, 31st May, at Downing Street.
STOP THE WAR COALITION
30 May 2010
Tel: 020 7801 2768
MONDAY 31 MAY 2.00PM
Four Israeli war ships have surrounded the international flotilla
of seven ships bringing aid to Gaza. Satellite signals from the
flotilla are being intermittently jammed.
The Gaza Freedom Flotilla is 90 miles from the Gaza shores;
sailing in international waters where Israel has no jurisdiction.
Once again Israel is breaking international law and committing
piracy. It has long threatened this peaceful Flotilla, and is
now determined to stop it from reaching its destination.
Approximately 700 civilians are on board the seven ships, of whom
28 are British citizens.
An emergency demonstration has been called for Monday 31 May,
2.00pm, at Downing Street, demanding that the British government
protest against Israel’s violation of international law.
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CONTACT FOREIGN SECRETARY WILLIAM HAGUE & YOUR MP
WRITE TO FOREIGN SECRETARY WILLIAM HAGUE:
Demand that he pressure to allow the ships to reach Gaza. Ask him
what steps the government will take to protect British citizens
private.office(at)fco.gov.uk AND MSU.PublicIn(at)fco.gov.uk
William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary, King Charles Street, London,
CONTACT YOUR MP: http://findyourmp.parliament.uk
Ask him/her to contact Hague on your behalf
CONTACT DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER NICK CLEGG
LETTER TO: Nick Clegg MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
There’s also this from Redress Information & Analysis:
Press Release from Free Gaza flotilla en route to Gaza: “Free Gaza flotilla welcomed by Israeli warships, prepares for boarding by Israeli commandoes”
Text: (Cyprus, 31 May 2010) At 2300 Cyprus time and in international waters off the coast of Israel, the boats were contacted by the Israeli navy. “Who are you and where are you going?” Our reply was that we were part of a flotilla and we were going to Gaza to deliver humanitarian supplies.
On the radar, the boats could see three Israeli warships shadowing us, and 15 minutes later, a silent aircraft hovered over the flotilla.
One of our Hebrew speakers and Israel specialist has warned us about Israel’s strategy: “You will be boarded by highly trained, very efficient and very SILENT commandos. They will use silent inflatable boats to get to your boats and both try to board your boats directly from the inflatables and by dropping divers into the water to climb onto the boats,” so be prepared for them to come up and over the sides of the ships.
Our SPOT locator has sent out several HELP messages at www.witnessgaza.com.
Lubna Marsawa, Free Gaza’s organizer on the Turkish passenger boat, said in outrage: “Very few times in history has a flotilla delivering humanitarian goods been welcomed by warships.”
This is a call to the world from the people on the boats. “We are a civilian people doing what our governments have refused to do, challenge Israel’s right to collectively punish 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza by blockading their right to their own sea. This flotilla is bringing construction and educational supplies to the people of Gaza and is being met by Israeli warships.”
Contact: Huwaida Arraf on board the Challenger 0088 216 5207 2093
Ewa Jasciewica on board the Challenger 0088 163 184 7926
Fatima Mohammed on board the IHH ship 8821636619168
Greta Berlin 00 357 99 18 72 75
Mary Hughes 00 357 96 38 38 09
Check out this site, find the Israeli embassy nearest you and let them know how you feel.
Greta Berlin, Co-Founder
+357 99 18 72 75