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Die kanadische »Tahrir« und die irische »Saoirse« auf dem Wege nach Gaza

 

 

4.11.2011 - Konfrontation in Nahost - Israel stoppt Gaza-Flottille kurz vorm Ziel - Bis auf 100 Kilometer ließ Israel die Boote an die Küste des Gaza-Streifens herankommen, dann griff die Marine ein: Soldaten haben die Flottille mit pro-palästinensischen Aktivisten abgefangen. 2010 starben bei einer ähnlichen Aktion neun Menschen >>>

 

Israels Marine stoppte Gaza-Flottille

 

 

Israelische Kriegsschiffe stoppen Gaza-Flotille

 




Israel kapert wieder Solischiffe für Gaza - Peter Wolter - Israel hat am Freitag die zwei Schiffe aufgebracht, die die Blockade des palästinensischen Gazastreifens durchbrechen wollten. Bei der Aktion wurde nach Angaben der Regierung in Jerusalem niemand verletzt. Die Schiffe wurden beschlagnahmt. Den Aktivisten an Bord stehen jetzt Verhöre und die Abschiebung bevor. Sie kommen aus Kanada, Australien, den USA, Ägypten und Irland. Auch ein Palästinenser mit israelischem Paß ist dabei. Am 31. Mai 2010 war die erste große Solidariätsflottille in internationalen Gewässern gestoppt worden. Dabei erschossen israelische Soldaten neun Türken, Dutzende weitere Menschen wurden zum Teil schwer verletzt. >>>

 

 

URGENT ACTION REQUIRED: CONTACT YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT NOW - We are confirming that the two ships en route to Gaza, the Canada Boat to Gaza Tahrir, and the Irish boat Saoirse are under attack by the Israeli Navy. Israeli warships are approaching both ships. The Tahrir has received radio contact from the Israeli authorities, asking about their final destination. Canadian Ehab Lotayef replied, ‘the conscience of humanity’. When asked again, he said ‘The betterment of mankind’. Boarding and commandeering are imminent. On board the Tahrir are three Canadians, Montrealer Ehab Lotayef, Londoner David Heap, and Karen DeVito from Toronto, as well as Australian Michael Coleman, American Kit Kittredge and 20-year-old Israeli Majd Kayal. Also on board are five international journalists, including Jihan Hafiz of Democracynow.org.  The boats are presently 48 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza. The first flotilla to break the siege was intercepted about 35 nautical miles off shore.

Now is the time to act. Call your local Member of Parliament and Canada's foreign Minister John Baird and tell them to press the Israelis to ensure the safety of those aboard the two ships!

Local Member of Parliament:

Go to http://www.parl.gc.ca/SenatorsMembers.aspx?Language=E, enter your postal code and you will see his / her name, email and phone number

John Baird: House of Commons: Telephone: 613-996-0984, Fax: 613-996-9880 | Email: john.baird@parl.gc.ca

Constituency Office: Telephone: 613-990-7720 Fax: 613-993-6501 E-Mail: bairdj1@parl.gc.ca


This situation is developing. For updates, stay tuned to our Twitter #freedomwaves, Facebook, tahrir.ca, ustogaza.org, and irishshiptogaza.org.

 

Raw footage from Gaza-bound ships


EXCLUSIVE: Video Report From Gaza-Bound Flotilla Attempting to Break Israeli Blockade

Freedom waves to Gaza slip out of dock


 

 

 

 

3.11.2011 - »Solidarität heißt nicht, keine Angst zu haben« - Zwei Schiffe der »Free Gaza«-Flottille sollen heute nachmittag den blockierten palästinensischen Küstenstreifen erreichen. Ein Gespräch mit David Heap - Interview: Claudia Wangerin - Prof. David Heap ist Kanadier, Mitglied des internationalen Lenkungsausschusses der »Free Gaza«-Solidaritätsflottille und an Bord der »Tahrir«. Per Satellitentelefon sprach er am Donnerstag mit jW - Sie sind am Mittwoch vom türkischen Hafen Fe­thiye aus in See gestochen und unterwegs zur Küste des palästinensischen Gazastreifens – mit dem Ziel, die von Israel verhängte Seeblockade zu überwinden. Frühere Versuche, dies zu tun, sind gescheitert – zum Teil dramatisch. Wie ist die Stimmung bei Ihnen an Bord? Wir hatten gerade ein Meeting, bei dem wir noch einmal über unsere persönlichen Grenzen und Ängste gesprochen haben; und darüber, wie wir in Streßsituationen reagieren. Klar ist, daß sich jeder einzelne von uns dem Grundsatz der Gewaltfreiheit verpflichtet fühlt. >>>

 

Israels Marine wird in Aktion treten - Zwei Schiffe mit 20-30 Personen an Bord wollen den Hafen von Gaza morgen Freitag erreichen. Bis zur letzten Minute ist die Aktion geheim gehalten worden, doch am Mittwochabend wurde bekannt, dass zwei Jachten von der Türkei aus mit Ziel Gaza in See gestochen sind. An Bord befinden sich 20-30 pro-palästinensische Aktivisten aus vier Staaten, die beabsichtigen, die von Israel gegen den Gazastreifen verhängte Seeblockade zu durchbrechen. Die «al-Tahrir» und die «Saoirse» wollen morgen Freitag früh in Gaza anlegen >>>

 


Flotilla organizers to Haaretz: We expect to reach Gaza in two days - Canadian activist Ehab Lotayef says two-vessel flotilla is 'halfway to Gaza'; says 'there will be no violence from our side' in dealing with Israel Defense Forces. - Natasha Mozgovaya - Ehab Lotayef, one of the Canadian organizers of the Gaza-bound flotilla that set sail from Turkey on Wednesday, says that the ship is “halfway to Gaza” and expects to arrive at its destination “within the next two days.” >>>
 

EXCLUSIVE: Video Report from Gaza-Bound Flotilla Attempting to Break Israeli Blockade - A Canadian boat and Irish boat quietly left a Turkish port Wednesday, bound for Gaza. Democracy Now! first broke the news on our live broadcast yesterday. This flotilla, named Freedom Waves to Gaza, marks the latest attempt by international activists >>>

 

LATEST UPDATE: THE IRISH SHIP AND THE CANADIAN SHIP ARE NOW SOUTH OF CYPRUS AND STILL ON COURSE FOR GAZA.....

Al Jazeera Blogs on the flotilla:
http://blogs.aljazeera.net/liveblog/gaza-nov-3-2011-1747

EXCLUSIVE: Video Report From Gaza-Bound Flotilla Attempting to Break Israeli Blockade
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of3kK63o2Fo&feature=player_embedded

Passagier-Liste der Saoirse... Passenger list of the Saoirse:
http://irishshiptogaza.org/?page_id=494

NENA News (italian):
http://nena-news.globalist.it/?p=14068

Quelle Sabine

 

2.11.2011

Leinen los nach Gaza - Peter Wolter - Zwei Schiffe der internationalen »Free Gaza«-Solidaritätsflottille sind am Mittwoch vom türkischen Hafen Fethiye ausgelaufen, um die von Israel verhängte Seeblockade des Gazastreifens zu überwinden. Die kanadische »Tahrir« und die irische »Saoirse« werden voraussichtlich am Freitag das Seegebiet vor der palästinensischen Küste erreichen. >>>


Canadian and Irish ships set to challenge Israel’s illegal blockade with Freedom Waves to Gaza - The Canadian ship Tahrir and the Irish ship Saoirse have successfully reached international waters, marking the start of the Freedom Waves to Gaza campaign. The boats are currently in the Mediterranean Sea, preparing to sail for Gaza within a matter of hours. “Flowing out of the Freedom Flotillas, the Freedom Waves to Gaza are now underway,” says Canadian Boat to Gaza organizer Ehab Lotayef from on board the Tahrir. Also on board in this citizen-to-citizen initiative are delegates from Australia, the US, and Palestine. “We are now in international waters and hope to reach the shores of Gaza in a matter of days. >>>
 

Palestinian youth join boats set to challenge Israel’s siege of Gaza - Palestinian youth join boats set to challenge Israel’s siege of Gaza - ■Irish and Canadian boats in international waters on their way to challenge illegal siege policy - ■Palestinian activists call for end to international complicity in Israel’s crimes - ■Support actions taking place throughout the West Bank and inside Israel - [Ramallah] Two civilian boats, the Canadian Tahrir (Liberation), and the Irish Saoirse (Freedom), carrying 27 people from nine countries, are currently in international waters making their way to the beleaguered Gaza Strip to challenge Israel’s ongoing criminal blockade of the territory. A Palestinian youth activist from Haifa has joined this renewed international mission to challenge Israel’s unrelenting stranglehold on Gaza via the sea. >>>
 

 

Israel and the US outsourced the siege of Gaza to Athens last summer by preventing 8 boats in the Freedom Flotilla 2 - Stay Human from sailing from Greek ports to Gaza. Despite this we were able to bring world-wide attention to the blockade of the Gaza Strip. Our efforts in Greece only fueled our determination to challenge the imprisonment of the people of Gaza. We said we would continue to sail and so we are!!!
 
At this moment, two boats are in international waters in the Mediterranean heading to Gaza.  One boat, the Saoirse from Ireland, includes parliamentarians among its passengers.  The other, the Tahrir, carries representatives from Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Palestine.  The U.S. Representative on the Tahrir, Kit Kittredge, was a passenger on the U.S. Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope mission in Athens in July.  A journalist from Democracy Now is on the Tahrir also. Civil society organizations in Gaza await their arrival, and look forward to the delivery of letters collected from thousands of U.S. supporters in the To Gaza With Love campaign. 
 
We need your help to make this mission a success. Please take these actions immediately.
 
1. Check these websites for updates:  US to Gaza, Irish Ship to Gaza and Canadian Boat to Gaza,  watch  or listen to Democracy Now for live coverage from the Tahrir..  Look for twitter hashtag #Freedomwaves.
 
2. Spread the word far and wide – send this alert to your contacts.
 
3. Call the State Department  and the White House- demand that they take immediate action to ensure the safe passage of these boats and to put an end to the siege of Gaza.
 
Call the State Department:
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 202-647-5291
      U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro 011-972-3-519-7575
      Office of Israel/Palestinian Affairs Paul Sutphin 202-647-3672
      Office of Consular Affairs, Kim Richter 202-647-8308
 
 and the White House: 202-456-1414
 
      email President Obama at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

 
Here are some talking points or suggested messaging: Gaza has been under siege since mid-2006, depriving 1.6 million people of their liberty and basic human rights.  Although the siege has been condemned by the United Nations, the Red Cross, and many national governments, nothing has been done to ease the plight of these civilians.  Civil society has had to act where governments would not.  Two ships with 27 passengers from 5 countries are sailing to Gaza to confront the Israeli naval blockade, and to bring medical supplies and letters of support.
 
As Americans we insist that our government (which sends Israel $3 billion in military aid every year), demands that Israel insures the ships’ safe passage and ends its illegal blockade of Gaza. There is absolutely no excuse to subject 1.6 million people to collective punishment. Ask your local press to cover this story.  Up-to-date information will be available at www.ustogaza.org, www.irishshiptogaza.org  and www.tahrir.ca

 

International Solidarity Movement Calls to Defend 'Freedom Waves to Gaza' – International Solidarity Movement called for acting to defend the new boats carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, which are now in the international waters and Israel are not allowing them to enter the strip, according to release by the movement published Wednesday. Two boats, called 'Freedom Waves to Gaza,' travelled from the high seas to the besieged Gaza Strip. Their civilian passengers include people from five countries, including Palestinians from 1948. This is another non-violent attempt to break Israel’s siege, an illegal policy that has forced Gaza’s Palestinian residents into subsistence on international aid and subjected them to severe travel restrictions to and from the territory. >>>

 

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