EMERGENCY DEMO: Monday (TODAY) at 3pm–TIMES SQUARE–COME stand in solidarity w/ GAZA FLOTILLA!!! (please spread widely)

update: 16 killed and over 30 injured international humanitarian aid activists…

Emergency Protest Monday, May 31st, 3 pm, 44th Sreet & 7th Avenue

Follow-up Protest Tuesday, June 1nd, 5pm, 42nd Street & 2nd Avenue





call MSNBC: 212-664-4444 and CNN: 404-827-2600 and demand they report on Flotilla being attacked with American civilians on board!!! spread the word!

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. 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."


Emergency Protest Monday, May 31st, 3 pm, 44th Sreet & 7th Avenue

Follow-up Protest Tuesday, June 1nd, 5pm, 42nd Street & 2nd Avenue

On Memorial Day, as people in the US mourn the loss of lives in our nation’s wars, people in the US and around the world will be mourning and protesting the assassination of human rights activists killed by Israeli snipers with bullets paid for by US tax dollars. None of these innocent martyrs were armed. Their sole crime was to attempt to bring humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, who have been suffering under a genocidal siege imposed in violation of international law by Israel.

The killed and wounded were on a convoy of 5 ships sailing to Gaza, under the name of the Free Gaza Flotilla, which comprises over 700 people from 40 countries. The flotilla was surrounded by 14 Israeli warships as Israeli military helicopters hovered above. Israeli soldiers then slid down ropes onto the boats and began shooting at the unarmed crew and passengers boats. Footage reveals the Israeli soldiers were heavily masked and carrying live ammunition which they used on the unarmed passengers. So far it is confirmed that ten were killed and 50 injured.

We urge all human rights supporters to call the media demanding that this atrocity be reported. The Israeli government in recent days has been flooding the media with lies about why they are starving the people of Gaza through the illegal blockade, even issuing statements full of ghoulish humor about the situation, mocking the people of Gaza who in their overwhelming majority are unemployed and dependent on aid for the most basic food items.

The Zionists are claiming they opened fire because the flotilla refused to obey orders to dock in the israeli port of Ashdod. Flotilla organizers have pointed out every time the Israelis made this demand that aid seized by the Zionist government would never get to its intended recipients. This has been made clear since the beginning of the blockade when the most basic food items were forbidden and when concrete (which the flotilla is bringing) for rebuilding the thousands of homes, schools and hospitals destroyed in the genocidal attacks last January was banned.

Protests have already broken out around the world. Huge numbers in Ankara and Istanbul have been demonstrating all day Sunday, and after news of the murders came out, the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul was occupied by Turkish activists enraged at the sniper operation.

We urge all people of conscience to join us at the protests Monday and Tuesday, which has been called by a wide coalition of organizations, including Al-Awda NY, the Gaza Freedom March….. Please call the State Department and your Congressional representatives to demand that all aid to Israel, military and economic, be cut off!



http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/report-at-least-10-activists-killed-as-israel-navy-opens-fire-on-gaza-aid-flotilla-1.293089 (confirm 10 dead)

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/report-israel-navy-opens-fire-on-gaza-aid-flotilla-2-activists-killed-1.293089 (CAN'T BE A CLASG IF ONE SIDE HAS WEAPONS…ONE SIDE IS A NAVY THE OTHER ARE UNARMED CIVILIANS)




PATHETIC FROM BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10195838.stm

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