Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Gaza aid ship passengers imprisoned - charged with entering Israel illegally

From [23:38 BST 1 July] http://twitter.com/freegazaorg


Passengers transferred to prison next to Ramle for illegal immigrants. The irony of it all. They will be tried for entering Israel illegally

Adam Qvist and Adam Shapiro taken away in a truck for deportation. Mairead forcibly removed from rest of group in handcuffs. All isolated.

Two released, 19 still imprisoned. Keep up the phone calls, emails, anger at what has happened. Remember 11,000 Palestinians also imprisoned


Please call the numbers below and demand that Israel free these 19 innocent people, as well as the over 11,000 Palestinian political prisoners currently held in Israeli jails. They all need your help.

CONTACT the Israeli Ministry of Justice
tel: 00972 2646 6666 or 00972 2646 6340
fax: 00972 2646 6357

CONTACT the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
tel: 00972 2530 3155 or 00972 2530 3111
fax: 00972 2530 3367

CONTACT Mark Regev in the Prime Minister's office at:
tel: 00972 2670 5354 or 00972 5 0620 3264
mark.regev@it.pmo.gov.il

CONTACT the International Committee of the Red Cross to ask for their assistance in establishing the well-being of the kidnapped human rights workers and help in securing their immediate release

Red Cross Israel
tel: 00972 3524 5286
fax: 00972 3527 0370

Red Cross Switzerland:
tel: 0041 22 730 3443
fax: 0041 22 734 8280

Red Cross USA:
tel: 001 212 599 6021
fax: 001 212 599 6009

And what of the charge - entering Israeli waters?

The clear inference of the charge against the 'criminals' trying to take medicine, toys, olive trees and some cement to a desperate population, is that the occupier's of Palestine also lay claim to Gaza's territorial waters - part of its ongoing campaign aimed at securing the large natural gas reserves off the Gazan coast.

IDF thug shoots bound Palestinian villager - nothing done


This cowardly thug - can't really call him a soldier - shot a bound Palestinian man who was taking part in the weekly protests against the Apartheid Wall in Na'alin. He's been charge with 'improper conduct'. By Israel's standards his actions are quite 'proper' and he will no doubt be let off with a slap on the wrist.
The High Court of Justice on Wednesday ordered the Israel Defense Forces to press stronger charges against a commanding officer over the shooting of a bound and blindfolded Palestinian detainee in the West Bank.

The court ordered the Military Advocate General on Wednesday to file harsher charges against Lt. Col. Omri Borberg. He and Staff Sgt. L., the soldier, were formally charged with "improper conduct" over the incident, which took place in the village of Na'alin last September.

The victim, Ashraf Abu Rahmeh, 27, was not seriously hurt. The soldier and officer said they had intended only to frighten him during a protest against the construction of Israel's security fence in the West Bank.

more at Haaretz

Hijacked Free Gaza ship being towed to Asdod

There are reports that the Free Gaza ship boarded by the Israeli Navy is being towed to Asdod. The whereabouts of the people kidnapped by the Israeli authorities is unknown at this time. Thousands of people have emailed the Israeli government and embassies around the world and hundreds have phoned expressing their outrage and demanding the release of the human rights workers and journalists from 11 different countries.

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Israel boards Free Gaza boat, kidnaps former US Congress woman McKinney

Earlier today [Tuesday], Israeli Occupation Forces 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 kidnapped by Israel include Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.

So far we have not been able to contact any of our people, but we do have a team of attorneys working for their immediate and unconditional release. Please help us. Please contact your local newspapers and TV stations, government officials and embassies. Please call the numbers below and demand that Israel free the 21 innocent people kidnapped today, as well as the over 11,000 Palestinian political prisoners currently held in Israeli jails. They all need your help.

CONTACT the Israeli Ministry of Justice
tel: 00972 2646 6666 or 00972 2646 6340
fax: 00972 2646 6357

CONTACT the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
tel: 00972 2530 3155 or 00972 2530 3111
fax: 00972 2530 3367

CONTACT Mark Regev in the Prime Minister's office at:
tel: 00972 2670 5354 or 00972 5 0620 3264
mark.regev@it.pmo.gov.il

CONTACT the International Committee of the Red Cross to ask for their assistance in establishing the well-being of the kidnapped human rights workers and help in securing their immediate release

Red Cross Israel
tel: 00972 3524 5286
fax: 00972 3527 0370

Red Cross Switzerland:
tel: 0041 22 730 3443
fax: 0041 22 734 8280

Red Cross USA:
tel: 001 212 599 6021
fax: 001 212 599 6009
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