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May 27, 2010

2010.05.27: W: [nycmassdefense] Req. for attorney Today! Thurs. 5/27 – 5pm – 42nd & 3rd – Free Gaza Flotilla

Filed under: Antiwar,Civil Liberties,International Human Rights,Palestine — nyclaw01 @ 11:29 am

From: Morris, Susan
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:29 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: FW: [nycmassdefense] Req. for attorney Today! Thurs. 5/27 – 5pm – 42nd & 3rd – Free Gaza Flotilla

Sorry, this is a bit of a duplicate – but they are also looking for someone willing to intercede on behalf of the participants, directly with the police. That’s obviously a more active (and precarious) role than being an LO. (Not that LOs aren’t often put in a bad spot by the cops as well.)


From: nycmassdefense-owner@lists.riseup.net [mailto:nycmassdefense-owner@lists.riseup.net] On Behalf Of nlgnyc
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:23 AM
To: nycmassdefense@lists.riseup.net
Subject: [nycmassdefense] Req. for attorney Today! Thurs. 5/27 – 5pm – 42nd & 3rd – Free Gaza Flotilla

The group is requesting a lawyer to negotiate with the police,  if needed, during the demonstration.

If you can provide legal assistance at this event, please contact the Chapter office (212) 679-6018

Who: Free Gaza Movement

What: Rally and March

Where: Gather at Daily News (42nd & 3rd Ave.) march to NY Times (41st & 8th Ave.)

When: 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Contact person: Felice

Contact number: 917-912-2597

Details:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hearklin, Crete, Tuesday, May 25, 2010) As Israel continues to insist it will stop the seven-ship international Freedom Flotilla, two more ships departed from Greece to Gaza today.

A 2000 ton cargo ship and fifty-person passenger ship owned by the European Campaign Against the Siege of Gaza, and Swedish/Greek Ship to Gaza campaigns left Athens to meet the Freedom Flotilla in international waters.

They follow hot on the trail of the cargo ships of Insani Yardim Vakafi (IHH’s) and Free Gaza’s MV Rachel Corrie. IHH’s remaining 1100 capacity passenger ship and cargo ship are to sail shortly from Turkey.

In Crete, the Free Gaza Movement is readying its two passenger boats for their imminent departure. ‘Al Samoud’ (The Steadfast’) and ‘Al Haya’ (The Ship of Life) were named by children from schools in occupied Gaza and Jerusalem.

Reports coming from the Israeli Navy say they will jam the flotilla’s signals and communications, isolating those on board the ships, and barring the world from witnessing what could become a confrontation or prolonged naval stand-off.

The strategy of the Freedom Flotilla, however, is to resist any attempts by the Israeli Navy to hijack its ships or to divide cargo ships from passenger vessels.

“The message from Israel is clear: ‘We will stop you. And no-one can prevent us from stopping you.’ said Free Gaza chair, Huwaida Arraf.

“However, we will non-violently resist Israeli attempts to seize our boats. Thousands of people have contributed to making this flotilla a reality, and the people of Gaza are expecting us.

“We will not allow our flotilla to be divided. We will stay with our cargo ships – they are the core of the flotilla carrying essential construction materials denied entry into Gaza – cement, steel, and houses. This action is not a symbolic gesture but a concrete intervention to allow the people of Gaza to rebuild their lives with dignity’, emphasized passenger, Aengus O’Snodaigh, TD Sinn Féin party, Ireland

Ewa Jasiewicz added, “We are not breaking the law, we are upholding it. We are acting out of necessity to prevent a greater crime from taking place – the collective punishment of 1.5 million people imprisoned in Gaza. The international community is complicit in this collective punishment and must break its silence. Respect for international law is not optional, it is obligatory.’

Contacts

Crete Free Gaza Movement 0030 698 377 6683

Cyprus Free Gaza Movement 00 357 99 18 72 78 or 00 357 96 48 98 05

Best regards,

Susan Howard
Chapter Coordinator
NYC Chapter
National Lawyers Guild
(212) 679-6018
nlgnyc@igc.org

 

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