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May 27, 2010: All Eyes On Gaza UPDATED @ 2:45 PM EST

IDF says will stop flotilla, but transfer supplies to Gaza

Military launches PR counterattack against humanitarian ship convoy; says will arrest passengers, transfer cargo to Strip


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The IDF on Wednesday announced its plan of action vis-a-vis the "break the siege" flotilla making its way to the Gaza Strip. The convoy, organized by activists from around the world, is slated to arrive to the Gaza shores during the upcoming weekend.

 

According to its plan, the IDF will alert the participating ships, within different ranges, and urge them to turn around. If the vessels continue to advance – its passengers will be detained by the navy and returned to their countries in accordance with the Ministry of Interior.

 

 

The IDF also decided it will transfer the humanitarian supplies carried on the ships to the Gaza Strip, after they undergo a security check.

 

As part of the military preparation, the navy carried out an exercise intercepting ships and arresting passengers.

 

Navy Commander Major-General Eliezer Marom said the navy forces will use measures to protect the soldiers' lives and ensure that there are no terrorist elements or explosives on the ships.

 

Marom said he instructed the forces to act sensibly and avoid provocations, adding that the IDF had no intention of harming the hundreds of passengers on board these ships.

 

PR counterattack


Prior to making the announcement, IDF launched a PR counterattack against the international flotilla. Head of Gaza's Coordination and Liaison Authority, Colonel Moshe Levi convened a press conference and said that there was no shortage in food and supplies in the Strip.

 

"The planned flotilla to Gaza is a provocative act that is unnecessary under the existing conditions in the Gaza Strip, where the humanitarian situation is good and stable," he said, adding that Israel allows many products into the Strip, and only limits those that might serve Hamas in advancing terror activities.

 

According to the security establishment's data, 100 trucks enter the Strip daily. In recent months, these trucks transported over 1,200 tons of medical supplies, 155 tons of food, 2,900 tons of clothing and footgear and about 17 million liters (about 4.5 million gallons) of diesel fuel.

 

The security establishment reiterated that it did not restrict the entrance of supplies into the Strip, noting that it only restricts materials that might be used by Hamas for terror activities.

 

"We do not know of a shortage in any department, and allow bringing in different equipment, as well as export out agricultural produce. Of course whatever can serve the Hamas in strengthening its military is not allowed in," said col. Levi during a journalists' briefing at Erez crossing.

 

 

 

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On November 19, 2008, I wrote:


What do Zimbabwe, Burma, North Korea and Israel have in Common? 

They are the ONLY states in the world that deny international media and humanitarian aid workers access.

On November 18, 2008, I and forty seven international ecumenical Christians and other people of faith rolled out of bed before 5 AM to travel from Jerusalem to the Erez Crossing in the Gaza Strip.

We went to stand up as a united people of conscience in NONVIOLENT Solidarity with the people of Gaza and in support of all the NGO’s that have been denied access into the Gaza Strip for over two weeks.

We went in love and for love of all of God’s children;

Be they the oppressed or the oppressors,

Those imprisoned by walls and those who erect them,

Those who are denied clean water and their deniers,

Those whose fears rule their hearts and the heartbroken,

Those whose ideology, greed, apathy, and power blind them to their culpability, responsibilities and obligations.

 

We went with hope to arouse the consciences of the leaders of the world to seek peace through justice; equal human rights for all.

Some media turned out for the NGO meeting we attended in the parking lot at Erez Crossing-NOT USA media needless to say-more on that to follow asap;

Because of poor Internet connection and lack of time to investigate-I have no 'official' confirmation, but the word on the street in Jerusalem is that the Israeli OCCUPYING Forces tanks rolled back into Gaza shortly after we departed.

 

Israel and the USA both signed the Geneva Convention. That makes them BOTH legally, morally and ethically RESPONSIBLE for the 1.5 million open air prisoners of Gaza; 60% are children under the age of 18 years old!

May God have mercy on those who do NOT know what they are doing -BUT, NO DOUBT they KNOW perfectly well and that has got-and keeps- my Irish up and flaming.


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A Declaration of Support for the Break the Siege Flotilla on Behalf of Citizens of Israel

 

 

We, Israeli citizens, would like to express our full support for the "Break the Siege" flotilla to Gaza and to over 700 activists on board.

 

 

This courageous effort demonstrates growing international impatience towards Israel's flagrant violation of international and human rights laws in Gaza and in other occupied territories.

We are appalled by Israeli propaganda, which continues to deny the suffering of the people in Gaza under the siege. We hold Israel accountable for the crimes that took place during the Cast Lead assault and thereafter; offenses in which the US, the EU, and the rest of the international community are complicit.

 

 

The Israeli siege imposes economic and political isolation on the people of Gaza and deprives them of the most basic rights: the rights to travel freely, study, work, receive medical treatment, and engage in the social, political and cultural life of the Palestinian people.

To all this we say:

 

Not in Our Name!

 

1. Adam Keller

2. Adar Grayevsky

3. Adi Dagan

4. Adi Maoz

5. Adi Winter

6. Afif Houssain

7. Aharon Hirsch

8. Alex Nissen

9. Alex Nissen

10. Alex Parushin

11. Annelien Kisch-Kroon

12. Avner Efendowicz

13. Beate Zilversmidt

14. Connie Hackbarth

15. Danielle Shworts

16. David Nir

17. Deb Reich

18. Debby Lerman

19. Diana Dolev

20. Dr. Julia Chaitin

21. Dr. Kobi Snitz

22. Dr. Ronit Lentin

23. Dr. Tikva Honig-Parnass

24. Eilat Maoz

25. Einat Podjarny

26. Esti Micenmacher

27. Gadi Algazi

28. Haggai Matar

29. Hava Keller

30. Hili Razinsky

31. Illit Rosenblum

32. Inna Michaeli

33. Iris Hefets

34. Itai Ryb

35. Jonatan Stanczak

36. Jonathan Pollak

37. Katya Miller

38. Michal Zak

39. Morris Meyers

40. Ofer Neiman

41. Ofra Ben Artzi

42. Orly Noy

43. Rachel Giora

44. Rela Mazali

45. Ruti Divon

46. Sandra Ruch

47. Sergio Yahni

48. Shai Carmeli Pollak

49. Shai Gorsky

50. Smadar Carmon

51. Susan Lourenco

52. Tal Haran

53. Tamar Pelleg-Sryck

54. Tami Pollak

55. Yael Lerer

56. Yana Knopova

57. Yisrael Puterman

58. Yoana Gonen

59. Yoav Hass

60. Yonatan Shapira

61. Yoram Gelman

62. Yossi Bartal

 

 


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Here are some contacts that might come in handy for contacting for action against Israel's threats of piracy.-All best, Linda

 

Israel-Palestine desk at State Dept

202 647-3672

 

State Dept comment line - recording

202 647-6575

 


White House

Comments: 202-456-1111

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

 

US Ambassador to Israel James Cunningham

972 3 519 7575

 

 

US Embassies

http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/Israel#2793

 

International Embassies

http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/Israel

 

Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Majority Phone: (202) 224-4651 Minority Phone: (202) 224-6797

 

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

(202) 225-5021

http://www.internationalrelations.house.gov/contact.asp

or

 

And from Ziyaad's email of earlier this morning a sample letter; mention that Americans are on board those ships, e.g. 85 yr old Holocaust survivor  Hedy Epstein and Ret. Col. Ann Wright.

 

http://gazafreedommarch.org/cms/en/flotilla.aspx - ( for pre-written fax to multiple recipients, etc.)
www.witnessgaza.com

Palestinians in Gaza count on us to break the siege, if we could not join the brave activists on the boat the very least we can do is to urge politicians to uphold international law and stop the Israeli pirates!

 

Distribute this message widely!

 

Ziyaad Lunat

 

Model Letter to Catherine Ashton (adapt to your MP):


Dear Lady Ashton, 

 

The EU has the obligation to uphold international law. Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza by maintaining a savage siege aimed at all 1.5 million Palestinians living there. Israel has banned badly needed reconstruction material from Gaza as well as items like fruit juice, coriander and school text books. This is unacceptable. 

 

EU countries have FAILED in their responsibilities towards the Occupied Population as High Contracting Parties of the Geneva Convention. Citizens are taking this responsibility into their own hands, given the failure of our governments to act. On their way to Gaza now are eight cargo ships as part of a flotilla aimed at breaking the criminal siege. The ships carry 10 000 tons of badly needed goods such as reconstruction materials and text books for the children of Gaza. There are 600 passengers aboard, the majority EU citizens, including a Nobel prize laureate, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor and several elected lawmakers from Europe and beyond. 

 

Israel has threatened to stop the flotilla at international waters. You toured last week East Africa countries as part of an "anti-piracy"tour. Israel's violent efforts against unarmed are not only piracy but a grave breach of their obligations under international law, tantamount to war crimes. Will you do anything to stop Israel? Will EU Navy send ships to protect the civilian Gaza aid flotilla from armed piracy threats from Israel? No more double standards. 

 

We demand immediate intervention from the EU to allow for the safe passage of the civilian boat to Gaza. This is a legal obligation towards international law, an obligation to protect EU citizens from attack at international waters and a HUMAN imperative. Gaza cannot wait any longer! 

 

Kind Regards,



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