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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2011, 10:44:15 AM »
or Immediate Release
July 4, 2011

The Canadian Boat to Gaza (CBG), the Tahrir, and other Freedom Flotilla boats to set sail today

Agios Nikolaos, Greece - With the support of Greek civil society and people from all around the world the Freedom Flotilla boats are attempting to sail from Greece today. 
 
"The Tahrir has left port in Crete, and we are breaking through Israel's Gaza blockade which now extends to Greek ports," said David Heap from aboard the Tahrir. "Israel's expansion of the Gaza blockade to Greece is just the latest example of how the blockade of Gaza is about attacking freedom, not increasing security."

Article 13.2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "Everyone has the right to leave any country". Preventing flotilla ships from leaving Greek ports is a clear violation of this human right.

"Greece has no right to detain foreign-flagged ships in its ports other than for purposes of assuring seaworthiness via timely inspection. And they cannot interfere with 'innocent passage' through their territorial waters, and this passage is definitely innocent," said Richard Falk, American professor of international law and an appointee to two United Nations positions on the Palestinian territories. 

"Greece's position is disturbing but this should not divert our attention from Israel and its illegal and inhumane blockade of Gaza. Israel is the source of the problem and it will be held accountable by the international community -- sooner or later," said Sandra Ruch, from the Tahrir steering committee. 

Support actions have been and continue to be held at Greek consulates all over Canada (as well as in cities all over the world) calling on the Greek government to end its support of the Israeli blockade of Gaza and immediately lift the blockade it is imposing on the Flotilla boats from Greece's ports. 

The Canadian Boat to Gaza has sent letter to all Greek MPs asking them to let the flotilla boats go: http://www.tahrir.ca/content/letter-members-greek-parliament 

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Contacts in Greece: 
David Heap: +30 (697) 837 9887 
Dylan Penner: +30 (699) 663 6796 
Sandra Ruch: +30 (698) 030 1711
 
Contacts in Canada: 
Ehab Lotayef: 514.941.9792 - lotayef@gmail.com 
Wendy Goldsmith: 519.858.2442 - wendygoldsmith21@gmail.com 

There is a protest here in Mtl starting at 11:30 a.m. outside the Greece Consulate (Sherbrooke and Metcalfe, near McGill) though I can't go since I'm working.

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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2011, 11:15:23 AM »
I'm assuming they are going to another country's port? Ah, http://gazasolidarity.blogspot.com/  greek coast guard already in hot pursuit.

@ibnezra says boat is boarded, no violence as of yet.

eta - well it's over, Americans are being arrested in front of their Ambassador's home. Looks like Israel has successfully outsourced its blockcade to Greece's ports.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2011, 11:57:47 AM by Toedancer »
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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2011, 01:26:03 PM »
Star reporter Jim Rankin on the Canadian boat says they are now docked at Greek port authority; no one has been hurt.
http://livenews.thestar.com/Event/Aboard_the_Gaza_flotilla
 
ETA: they are getting prepared to leave the boat - there is a diesel smell. But when a Russian journalist got off the boat they tried to take her into custody and she got back on the boat. So I guess they are afraid they will be arrested if they get off the boat.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2011, 01:30:09 PM by Holly Stick »
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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2011, 06:00:27 PM »
#flotilla2
 
Canada Boat To Gaza says two Canadians arrested; CBC says none arrested
 
Toronto vigil outside the Greek Embassy at 8pm TONIGHT at 365 Bloor EAST Near Sherbourne
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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2011, 05:35:26 AM »
Went dt to the Langiven Block last night to join protestors in front of the PM's office,
 
There were about 50 by the time I left, making enough noise for twice that. We marched across the street and back a couple of times, under the watchful eye of the RCMP (not Ottawa's finest).
 
I had to leave before too much got underway, but it seemed successful - flyers were passed out, information shared and no doubt Mr. Harper notified of our intent.
 
 
« Last Edit: July 05, 2011, 05:36:05 AM by Croghan27 »
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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2011, 03:35:55 PM »
If the Flotilla organizers had been aware that Greece and Israel have been military partners since 1994, would they still have used Greece as their embarkation point?
 
   From 2010:
 
excerpt:
 
As he wrapped up his two-day trip to Greece, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- the highest ranking Israeli to visit the country -- said the two nations were "opening a new chapter."
 
He told reporters that he and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou had discussed military cooperation. An official in Netanyahu's entourage told Reuters these discussions "explored establishing greater cooperation between both countries' military industries and armies."
 
A Greek official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed they "talked about new forms of cooperation on defense and security issues" including the expansion of joint military exercises and sharing technological knowledge.
 
excerpt:
 
Netanyahu is the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit Greece, which only forged full diplomatic ties with the Jewish state in 1990, later than other European countries. Israel and Greece signed a defense cooperation agreement in 1994.
 
 

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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #21 on: July 05, 2011, 04:24:22 PM »
Boom  Boom, I suspect that is the case for most European countries. And on the other hand there have always been cultural links between Greece and the Levant, in particular with the Orthodox Christian communities.
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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2011, 08:14:20 PM »
Jack Layton, Paul Dewar Asked Israel Not To Harm Canadians On Gaza Flotilla                    
 
 
Where's the anger and righteous indignation?  :confused
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
« Last Edit: July 05, 2011, 08:15:32 PM by Boom Boom »

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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2011, 08:21:19 AM »
Our little action outside the Israeli Consulate (after a stopover at the Greek Consulate) was remarkably successful for this time of year, despite the frustration of attempting to find and rally people setting off for or on holiday. A huge number of Israeli forces (from 700 to 1000) swooped down on the little yacht Dignité / Al-Karama.

Our small group of protesters (I'd say about 50 at the most, 30 when the journalist did her interview with Stéphan Corriveau, who had been on the Canadian and then the French boat) were also outnumbered by contngents of Montréal police - including the bicycle squad - RCMP (protecting the consulate) and private security guard.

Westmount Square is a complex of elegant postwar Mies Van der Rohe buildings, with impressive stairs and esplanade - police and Israeli consulate officials up there looking down at us (and upon us).

http://tinyurl.com/CorriveauGaza La Presse article on the interception and the backstory.

A carload of anti-Zionist Hassidim turned up, as well as another Orthodox Jewish man who was wearing a kippa but not the Hassidic garments. This really pisses off the Zionists...
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2011, 12:08:36 PM »
 :applause Every little action counts!
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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #26 on: September 04, 2011, 08:41:48 PM »
Turkey to challenge Gaza blockade at International Court of Justice  :applause

Good to hear.  :applause That ad hoc UN panel that investigated had freaking Uribe on it.  :annoyed
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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #27 on: September 09, 2011, 08:44:45 AM »
Turkey says it will escort aid boats to Gaza
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Istanbul (CNN) -- Turkey's prime minister says the country will follow aid ships to Gaza in an effort to stop incidents like last year's raid by Israeli commandos that killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Al Jazeera television network Thursday that "Turkish warships are primarily responsible to protect our ships that carry humanitarian aid to Gaza. From now on, we will not allow these ships to be subjected to attacks from Israel similar to what happened with the Freedom Flotilla. ... Israel will be answered appropriately."
I think we can expect an anti-Turk media campaign to start up any time now. If it hasn't already.

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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #28 on: September 09, 2011, 11:09:44 AM »
This is gonna get super tense.  :popcorn
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Re: Gaza flotilla protest actions
« Reply #29 on: September 09, 2011, 11:17:08 AM »
With Turkey in the lead, maybe other countries will join in?

 

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