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Israel Assaults Freedom Waves to Gaza Activists

  Israel Assaults Freedom Waves to Gaza Activists - by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article explained the following:

 

On November 2, two vessels blocked last summer from reaching Gaza sailed again from Fethiye, Turkey.

 

UPDATE ON FREEDOM WAVES POLITICAL PRISONERS

Freedom Waves to Gaza
Palestine Office @PALWaves
7 November 2011 

[RAMALLAH] Of the 27 human rights defenders captured during Israel’s illegal takeover of the Freedom Waves to Gaza vessels on Friday, 4 November, 20 remain in Givon prison and the whereabouts of one is unknown.

Israeli officials have been claiming that all 27 people aboard the MV Tahrir and MV Saoirse have been released or are awaiting deportation. This is not true. Freedom Waves can confirm that six people have been released or deported. These are Majd Kayyal (Palestinian from Haifa), Lina Attalah (Journalist from Egypt), Casey James (Journalist from the US), Aimane Zoubir (Journalist from Morocco), Captain George Klontzas (Greece) and Captain Zacharias Stylianakis.

Israeli Hijacking of Gaza Freedom Waves Boats “Violent and Dangerous”

Activists Badly Treated by Israeli Authorities
By Ann Wright

A press release from Irish Ship to Gaza (www.irishshiptogaza.org) reported that National Coordinator Fintan Lane was able to make a phone call Sunday afternoon, November 6, 2011, from the Israeli prison in which he and 13 other Irish citizens are being held.

Israeli attack on freedom waves ships “violent and dangerous”

Lane told the Irish Ship to Gaza team in Dublin that “the takeover of the MV Saoirse was violent and dangerous. Despite very clear protests from the occupants of the two boats that they did not want to be taken to Israel, they were forcibly removed from the boats in a violent manner. The whole takeover took about three hours.”

Update from Flotilla

Date: Friday, November 4, 2011, 9:01 AM

thanks so much
We are 65mi from Gaza
Excited to have gotten this far and ever hoping to make it all the way!
Banners are  hung, flags waving, people puking and still no sign from the IDF.
A bit unsettling but that goes with the territory.
Spirits continue to be high  as we zig zag with the Irish ship.
Weather continues to hold and we hope to arrive before sunset as we go 10mph and it is  11am here.
Full throttle ahead, Gaza here we come!
Kit Kittredge
 
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BREAKING: Israeli authorities have made contact with the Tahrir - two Israeli boats were sighted to the left of the Tahrir - Ehab from Canada spoke to the Israelis on the radio, they asked for the Tahrir's final destination, the first response from Ehab was: 'The conscience of humanity' and when they repeated the question again asking for final destination he said, 'The betterment of mankind'. 

Since then we have lost all communication with the boats. Please remain on alert for further actions, but in the meantime here is what you can do:

1. Check these websites for updates:  US to Gaza, Irish Ship to Gaza and Canadian Boat to Gaza. 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
 
 Call the White House: 202-456-1414
 Email President Obama at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
 
Onward,
-Alli and CODEPINK DC
 
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URGENT: ACTION NEEDED NOW!

 

Boats to Gaza Stopped by Israeli Warships

 

At 7:43 am (east coast time) ground support crew lost contact with two ships, the Saoirse of Ireland and the Tahrir of Canada, carrying 27 civilian passengers, medical supplies and letters of support for the people of Gaza. On board the Tahrir is one American, Kit Kittredge.

 

At 7:30 am  the Tahrir was interrogated, via radio, by the Israeli Navy.  The ships were approximately 48 nautical miles off the coastline, well into international waters.  Asked by the Israeli Navy for their destination, Canadian activist Ehab Lotayef replied, "The conscience of humanity."  When they repeated the question, asking for final destination, Lotayef said, "The betterment of mankind."
 

Now is the time to act. Call the State Department and the White House and tell them to press the Israelis to ensure the safety of those aboard the two ships!

 

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

 

We urge you to organize support actions in your area today. Send the information to our webmaster at bio190d@gmail.com - it will be posted immediately.

 

For those of you in the NYC area an emergency support vigil will take place from 5pm to 6:30pm today - Friday, November 4th across the street from the Israeli Consulate at 800 2nd Avenue between 42nd Street and 43rd Street. Denise Rickles, with Code Pink NYC, will be the point person for this support rally. She can be reached at deniserr@msn.com

Please bring appropriate signs with you such as:
END THE SIEGE OF GAZA NOW!
OCCUPY WALL STREET NOT GAZA
END U.S. FUNDING OF ISRAELI ATTACKS

 



GET ON BOARD THE U.S. TO GAZA CAMPAIGN

VISIT
WWW.USTOGAZA.ORG

BOATS SAILING NOW TO GAZA! SPREAD THE WORD.

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!!!
 

Oumou Sangaré: Honor Palestinian women and your music. Cancel your concert in Israel.

Below is a letter sent by BDS Italy to Malian singer and women's rights advocate Oumou Sangaré. 

Out-of-Control Israeli State Terror

  Out-of-Control Israeli State Terror - by Stephen Lendman

 

Having friends in high places in Washington lets Israel get away with murder. 

 

On October 31, Ma'an News said continued Israeli air strikes so far killed 12 Gazans. Others were wounded, some severely.

 

Netanyahu Threatens Gazans with Death

  Netanyahu Threatens Gazans with Death - by Stephen Lendman

 

Throughout its history, Israel had belligerent, racist prime ministers, none worse than Netanyahu. He talks peace but mocks and spurns it. 

 

His extremism heads Israel toward the brink. His worst ever government enrages global millions. Eventually, Israel may end up isolated and universally vilified as a pariah state. 

 

Living Under Israel's Boot

  Living Under Israel's Boot - by Stephen Lendman

 

Like occupied people everywhere, Palestinians understand oppression better than experts. Ask them. They'll explain.

 

In Gaza, it means living under siege and Israeli air, land and sea attacks. West Bank communities face day and night incursions. 

 

Israeli Settlement Construction Jeopardizes Palestinian Statehood Plans

  Israeli Settlement Construction Jeopardizes Palestinian Statehood Plans - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians want and deserve long denied full UN de jure membership and official statehood recognition, including all rights granted other members.

 

On September 23, Abbas formally petitioned the Security Council. Normally it reviews applications for a maximum 35 days. Whether or not America vetos Palestine's bid is irrelevant. It solely recommends. Only the General Assembly admits new members.

Israel Arrests Palestinians While Releasing Others

  Israel Arrests Palestinians While Releasing Others - by Stephen Lendman

 

In mid-October, Netanyahu's cabinet agreed to free 1,027 Palestinian political prisoners in two waves (including 27 women and nearly 300 children) in return for Hamas releasing Gilad Shalit after over five years in captivity.

 

Wave one is completed, freeing 477 Palestinians. In two months, phase two will release another 550. According to terms, 203 will be deported, 40 exiled overseas, and 163 expelled to Gaza.

Life in East Jerusalem

  Life in East Jerusalem - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians suffer grievously under occupation, including in East Jerusalem. Israel wants it entirely Judaized as its capital even though legally it's an international city under UN trusteeship.

 

No matter. Palestinians face daily hardships and abuses, including its elected officials.

 

Israeli/Palestinian Prisoner Swap

  Israeli/Palestinian Prisoner Swap - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since Hamas captured Gilad Shalit on June 25, 2006, on and off talks negotiated his release. 

 

Hamas took him captive, responding to repeated Israeli attacks, including a widely reported beach shelling. It killed eight Palestinians, injuring 32 others, including 13 children. Israel denied responsibility, falsely blaming a Hamas mine despite forensic evidence proving otherwise.

Abbas, UN Membership and Peace Talks

  Abbas, UN Membership and Peace Talks - by Stephen Lendman

 

Globetrotting to enlist UN membership support, Abbas told Time magazine in Columbia on October 11 that he'll resume talks if Israel accepts the Quartet's proposal.

 

Israeli-Style Peace and Justice

  Israeli-Style Peace and Justice - by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel is a repressive rogue state. Netanyahu bombs Gaza and attacks fishermen while talking peace.

 

On October 10, without provocation, Israeli jets bombed northern Gaza. An explosion rocked Rafah city. So far, no cause is known but Israel most likely is responsible.

 

Anti-Defamation League Assails Palestinian UN Membership

  Anti-Defamation League Assails Palestinian UN Membership - by Stephen Lendman

 

For nearly a century, ADL falsely called itself "the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency (fighting) anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry...." 

 

Palestinians Protest Israeli Prison Hell

  Palestinians Protest Israeli Prison Hell - by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel treats Palestinian prisoners horrifically. In detention, interrogations include torture, intimidation and other abuses. 

 

"Security prisoners" are punitively isolated for extended periods. Others for any reason or none at all face similar short or longer-term treatment.

 

Israeli Occupation, Colonialism and Apartheid: Crimes Against Humanity

  Israeli Occupation, Colonialism and Apartheid: Crimes Against Humanity - by Stephen Lendman

 

Colonialism and apartheid are especially serious international law breaches because they fundamentally violate core legal principles and values. 

 

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) affirmed self-determination as an essential principle of international law. All states must respect and promote it. Colonial occupation is in clear violation.

Israeli State Terror Belies Wanting Peace

  Israeli State Terror Belies Wanting Peace - by Stephen Lendman

 

In his book "Overcoming Zionism," Joel Kovel called Israel "a machine for the manufacture of human rights abuses" led by terrorists posing as democrats.

 

Throughout its history, Israeli policy toward Arabs has been corrosive, destructive, racist, extremist, undemocratic and hateful. 

Palestinian Freedom Later, Not Now

  Palestinian Freedom Later, Not Now - by Stephen Lendman

 

On October 2, Haaretz said "Israel accepts Quartet peace plan," making Palestinian UN membership conditional on negotiating peace with an unwilling partner.

 

No matter that decades of on-and-off talks never achieved resolution and won't now. 

Abbas Feeling Heavy-Handed Pressure

  Abbas Feeling Heavy-Handed Pressure - by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington wants Abbas' UN membership Security Council application tabled in limbo for months. On September 28, it was sent to a standing admissions committee.

 

On September 30, New York Times writer Neil MacFarquhar headlined, "Palestinian Request Sent to Experts," saying:

23 people injured during settler attack on Palestinians and Israeli activists

This morning (30/9) Israeli activists and Palestinians were attacked by settlers near the settlement of Atarot. The landowner of the plot to which the activists came in order to plant trees was also attacked by the settlers who cracked his head open, as well as attacking his wife. The two were have been hospitalized at Hadasa Ein Karem hospital.
 
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Police officers who were present at the scene did nothing while the activists were beaten and their cameras smashed. Some of the attackers wore police shirts and carried service weapons, which attests to the fact that they are a part of the police force even though they were off duty.

Three other activists have been hospitalized at Hadassa Ein Karem and an additional three have been arrested by the police, who have NOT arrested any of the assaulting settlers, in spite of having witnessed everything.

Later this evening, more activists arrived to protest against the pogrom which had taken place earlier. They too were attacked and beaten, with stoned being thrown at them too. In spite of police presence at the scene, the police did nothing.

As a result of the second attack, 19 people have been injured, requiring medical attention, and three have been hospitalized at Hadasa Ein Karem. Again, several cameras were destroyed. Moreover, cars belonging to the activists, which were parked outside the settlement of Atarot, were damaged by the attackers, who smashed windshields and head and tail lights, as well as puncturing tires.
 
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Palestinian UN Membership Roulette

  Palestinian UN Membership Roulette - by Stephen Lendman

 

As Palestinian legal advisor in 1987, Law Professor Francis Boyle drafted its Declaration of Independence, creating a Palestinian state. 

 

Palestinians now want and deserve official recognition and full de jure UN membership. Washington and Israel remain obstructionist. 

 

Israeli West Bank Annexation Bill

  Israeli West Bank Annexation Bill - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians petitioned the UN for sovereign recognition and full UN membership.

 

Four extremist MKs responded, calling for West Bank settlements annexed. A previous article explained, accessed through the following link:

 

Ahmad Qatamesh: Israeli Prisoner of Conscience

  Ahmad Qatamesh: Israeli Prisoner of Conscience - by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 21, 2011 at 2:00AM, Israeli soldiers arrested Qatamesh at his brother's Ramallah home.

 

An hour earlier, his wife (Suha), daughter (Hanin), and two female relatives were held hostage to force his surrender.

 

Calls to Annex West Bank Settlements

  Calls to Annex West Bank Settlements - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since 1967, Israel established 121 settlements, recognized by the Interior Ministry as "communities." Another 100 unauthorized outposts were built. 

 

In addition, 12 annexed Jerusalem neighborhoods are considered settlements under international law. Moreover, settler enclaves exist in Palestinian East Jerusalem areas. They include:

Obstructing Palestinian Statehood Begins

  Obstructing Palestinian Statehood Begins - by Stephen Lendman

 

On September 23 in New York, a State Department "Special Briefing" was held. An unnamed "Senior Administration Official" commented on the Quartet's Palestinian statehood proposal, saying:

 

Quartet Anti-Palestinian Statehood Proposal

  Quartet Anti-Palestinian Statehood Proposal - by Stephen Lendman

 

Quartet representatives UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Middle East envoy Tony Blair, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy High Representative Catherine Aston explained its elements.

 

AIPAC's Ugly Agenda

  AIPAC's Ugly Agenda: by Stephen Lendman

 

AIPAC is an unregistered foreign agent representing Israel. Edward Said once called it "the most powerful and feared lobby in Washington."

 

Calling itself "America's Pro-Israel Lobby," it's represented Israeli interests since founded in 1953. In 1963, it was incorporated as a division of the American Zionist Council (AZC), its precursor.

 

Netanyahu and Obama Spurn Peace

  Netanyahu and Obama Spurn Peace - by Stephen Lendman

 

As a belligerent modern-day Sparta, Israel is a pariah state. Netanyahu exceeds the worst of Ariel Sharon. 

 

His government is Israel's worst ever. His majority Knesset allies are rogue, racist criminals, operating outside international law.

 

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