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McKinney, Gaza aid workers kidnapped by Israeli navy on high seas
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ISRAEL ATTACKS JUSTICE BOAT; KIDNAPS HUMAN RIGHTS WORKERS; CONFISCATES MEDICINE, TOYS AND OLIVE TREES

Israeli Occupation Forces have kidnapped 21 Human Rights workers aboard the Free Gaza boat, Spirit of Humanity, including Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire & former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. For more information, see: www.FreeGaza.org

For more information contact:
Greta Berlin (English)
tel: +357 99 081 767 / friends@freegaza.org

Caoimhe Butterly (Arabic/English/Spanish):
tel: +357 99 077 820 / sahara78@hotmail.co.uk
http://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 that's 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 Israel's 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 Israel's 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 children's 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, "Israel's deliberate and premeditated attack on our unarmed boat is a clear violation of international law and we demand our immediate and unconditional release."
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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
mark.regev@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!

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Who among us has any conception of the dimension... by Nemo on Wednesday, Jul 1, 2009 at 1:22:43 PM
Cynthia, the Kidnapped, was able to write all abou... by steve scheetz on Wednesday, Jul 1, 2009 at 5:04:30 PM
That's rather cynical. People in Gaza will now ... by John Little on Wednesday, Jul 1, 2009 at 6:14:57 PM
It would appear to be exceptionally easy to believ... by steve scheetz on Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 at 12:00:34 AM
Maybe the internet is not just theater (I've writt... by GL Rowsey on Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 at 9:39:02 AM
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that all the Hoopla over Micheal Jackson's death w... by Bia Winter on Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 at 10:04:18 AM
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I this going to be the incident which pushes Ameri... by Michael Dewey on Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 at 9:43:25 AM
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...Just like a bad dream on a broken record!... by Bia Winter on Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 at 10:06:37 AM
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People who set to vilify Israel at every turn. Do ... by Jason Paz on Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 at 11:57:34 AM
You seem to be complaining because Israel isn't ca... by John Little on Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 at 12:19:53 PM
For several years now "they" have picked on McKinn... by shirley reese on Friday, Jul 3, 2009 at 7:10:05 PM