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July 1, 2011

2011.07.01: 5 p.m. Today: Emergency Response to Attack on U.S. Boat to Gaza

Filed under: Antiwar,International Human Rights,Palestine — nyclaw01 @ 1:40 pm

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, July 01, 2011 1:40 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 5 p.m. Today: Emergency Response to Attack on U.S. Boat to Gaza

Under intense U.S.-Israeli pressure, Greek government stops humanitarian aid boat to Gaza, carrying Alice Walker and other U.S. activists

Emergency Response

TODAY, 5 PM, TIMES SQUARE, BETWEEN 46TH AND 47TH ON BROADWAY.

ANYONE AVAILABLE PLEASE GO AT 3 PM TO THE GREEK CONSULATE, 69 E. 79th

Also: Americans please contact the Greek Embassy immediately and ask that the US Boat delivering letters to Gaza be granted passage out of Greek waters at (202) 939-1300

Details: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121057491314371

News Updates: http://ustogaza.org/latest-posts/

Background

Breaking: Greek Authorities Intercept U.S. Boat For Gaza Minutes After It Set Sail (Audio Report)
Democracy Now! producer Aaron Mate files exclusive audio reports on board the Gaza-bound “Audacity of Hope”. The ship set sail from Greece at approximately 9:30 a.m. EDT but was soon stopped by Greek authorities. Listen to Aaron’s reports as the scene develops.
http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/7/1/breaking_greek_authorities_intercept_us_boat_for_gaza_minutes_after_setting_sail_audio_report

Watch: Palestinians await the Gaza flotilla
Gaza residents say the hope the current attempt of pro-Palestinian activists to breach the blockade will bring international attention to their situation.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/watch-palestinians-await-the-gaza-flotilla-1.370458

The audacity of Alice Walker: Author joins the “freedom ride of this generation”
Reflecting on her years of activism, it is clear that Walker sees a connection between civil rights in America, liberation from apartheid in South Africa and the Palestinian cause.
http://www.nowtoronto.com/daily/news/story.cfm?content=181574

Live Update From Jewish Holocaust Survivor on U.S. Ship in Gaza Flotilla
Hedy Epstein, 86-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor and longtime activist with the International Solidarity Movement.
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/30/live_update_from_jewish_holocaust_survivor

Irish Ship to Gaza release documentation of boat sabotage
The Irish Ship to Gaza campaign released documentation today that they say shows the MV Saoirse, docked in the Turkish coastal port of Gocek, was sabotaged in way “intended to endanger and/or inflict injury or death on Irish citizens as they went about their lawful right to sail on the high seas.
http://electronicintifada.net/blog/maureen/irish-ship-gaza-release-documentation-boat-sabotage

Israel army uses fabrications to assert flotilla financial links to Hamas
The Israeli military claimed today that it had “uncovered financial links” between the Gaza-bound flotilla and the Palestinian movement Hamas. But their claims are based on unsubstantiated assertions and outright fabrications.
http://electronicintifada.net/blog/ali-abunimah/israel-army-uses-fabrications-assert-flotilla-financial-links-hamas

AFP: Israel ministers slam flotilla threat as ‘spin’
JERUSALEM — Several Israeli ministers have accused the army of “spin” over its claims that activists on board a Gaza-bound flotilla plan to harm Israeli soldiers, Maariv newspaper reported on Wednesday.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i_rSy5S3uj9XOgll1F9UIsd47qDQ?docId=CNG.041943dc452c61a507ee986061b49f2d.671

The blockade on Gaza began long before Hamas came to power
While organizers of the flotilla emphasize that they are attempting to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza, unpacking the blockade itself points to urgent questions that must be resolved: the status of Palestinian refugees; the disastrous and unrelenting effects of over 40 years of occupation; and Israel’s utter lack of respect for the human rights of non-Jews. And that’s the discussion the Israeli government doesn’t want any of us to have.
http://972mag.com/the-blockade-on-gaza-began-long-before-hamas-came-to-power/

Petition from Gaza: Break the Siege; Support Freedom Flotilla II
Please, tell as many people as possible about this petition. The more signatures this petition gets, the more attention it will get from the media and the decision-makers.
http://www.petitions24.com/break_the_siege_support_freedom_flotilla_ii

Former Israeli combat pilot takes part in Freedom Flotilla 2
Reports in Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth claim that a former Israeli Air Force commander is taking part in Freedom Flotilla 2 heading for Gaza.
http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/2527-former-israeli-combat-pilot-takes-part-in-freedom-flotilla-2

June 27 Press Statement: GAZA, WE ARE COMING
Despite intimidation, pressure, and threats of violence from the Israeli government, which is not ashamed to boast that it will use snipers and attack dogs against unarmed civilians, we will sail.
http://www.freedomflotilla.eu/en/information/3-freedomflotilla-announcements/133-june-27-press-statement

US government moves to criminalize Palestine solidarity
The use of counterterrorism tools against social justice acts is nothing new. But it poses a special threat to the growing Palestine solidarity movement in the US, which is increasingly challenging the US government’s military aid to Israel and its diplomatic cover for Israeli war crimes and apartheid.
http://electronicintifada.net/blog/maureen/us-government-moves-criminalize-palestine-solidarity

Israel warns foreign journalists: Joining Gaza flotilla is illegal
Haaretz correspondent Amira Hass will be joining the flotilla, along with several dozen other journalists and several hundred activists from some 20 countries. Also joining the flotilla will be American writer Alice Walker, despite an American advisory that doing so could be a violation of U.S. law.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-warns-foreign-journalists-joining-gaza-flotilla-is-illegal-1.369684/

Analysis: Of course the Flotilla is a political provocation
We stand with the people of Palestine in their struggle for equality and self-determination. And unlike architects of Operation Cast Lead and apologists for the Nakba, we have nothing to hide.
http://freedomflotilla.eu/en/home/groups/viewdiscussion/1732-Analysis:+Of+course+the+Flotilla+is+a+political+provocation?groupid=4

A moment before boarding the next flotilla
I am one of a growing number of young American Jews who are determined to shake off an assumed – and largely imposed – association with Israel.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/a-moment-before-boarding-the-next-flotilla-1.369336

Hillary Clinton gives green light for Israeli attack on Gaza flotilla
In comments yesterday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemed to lay the ground – indeed almost provide a green light – for an Israeli military attack on the upcoming Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which will include the US Boat to Gaza.
http://electronicintifada.net/node/10106

Blockaded Gaza Strip nears ‘medical crisis’
Territory running out of medical supplies due to major delays in West Bank deliveries.
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/middleeast/2011/06/20116248514672596.html

Israel escalates pressure, threats against flotilla
In the early hours of the morning on 31 May 2010, Israeli commandos firing machine guns air-dropped from helicopters onto the first Freedom Flotilla’s flagship Mavi Marmara, killing nine and injuring more than fifty of the civilians on board.
http://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-escalates-pressure-threats-against-flotilla/10101

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