Together let’s end the Blockade of Gaza!
How many more generations of Palestinians must live in the oldest and largest open-air prison in world history, a manifestation of 66 years of occupation, and a crime against humanity that is increasingly more oppressive? Israeli settlements in the West Bank expand as Palestinian access to water and land, food and sea diminishes. Trade in and out of Gaza is all but prohibited, while the economy and well being of the people languish. The desire and need for contact with the world outside this prison exists. Their need to use and hone their natural skills increases. The need for education increases. The need for good health care increases. The need for children to play and grow without the threat of bombs and tanks and guns increases.
Le Bateau canadien pour Gaza dépose une requête pour le retour du Tahrir
Le 11 juin 2012, le cabinet d’avocats à Toronto de Jackman Nazami et associés a fait enregistrer une requête par courrier auprès des autorités israéliennes de la part du comité organisateur du Bateau canadien pour Gaza, réclamant le retour de notre navire le Tahrir et de son chargement, qui furent capturés de façon illégale le 4 novembre 2011 dans les eaux internationales (vous pouvez voir la lettre ici). Une assistante au ministre israélien de la défense a accusé réception de notre lettre le 12 juin, mais le gouvernement d’Israël n’a pas encore répondu au contenu de notre requête. Nos partenaires australiens, belges et danois qui ont aidé avec l’achat du Tahrir envisagent de prendre des mesures appropriées dans leurs pays respectifs.
En janvier dernier, le gouvernement canadien a été clair sur le fait que le Ministère des affaires étrangères et du commerce international ne nous aiderait pas à récupérer le Tahrir et son chargement, affirmant qu’ils considéraient ceci comme « une affaire privée ». De nombreux Canadiens et d’autres sont en désaccord avec cette position : plus de 600 individus et groupes ont signé notre Déclaration et notre Appel exigeant que le gouvernement du Canada agisse pour faciliter le retour de notre bateau et de son contenu, et pour faire pression sur Israël pour mettre fin au blocus illégal et inhumain de Gaza. Nous vous invitons à faire la même chose, et à solliciter le soutien d’organisations pour cette Déclaration et cet Appel.
Canadian Boat to Gaza files for return of Tahrir
On June 11, 2012, the Toronto law firm of Jackman Nazami and associates filed a letter with Israeli authorities on behalf of the Canadian Boat to Gaza steering committee, requesting the return of our vessel Tahrir and its cargo, illegally seized on November 4, 2011 in international waters (you can see the letter here). An assistant to the Israeli minister of defense acknowledged receipt of our letter on June 12, but the government of Israel has not yet replied to the substance of our claim. Our Australian, Belgian and Danish partners who helped purchase the Tahrir are considering appropriate action in their respective countries.
Last January, the Canadian government made it clear that the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade would not be helping us recover the Tahrir and its cargo, stating that they consider it a “private matter”. Many Canadians and others disagree: more than 600 individuals and groups have signed our Declaration and Call demanding action from the Canadian government to help secure the return of our ship with its contents, and to press Israel to end the illegal and inhuman blockade of Gaza. We invite you to do the same, and to seek the support of organizations for this Declaration and Call.
Canadians abducted by Israel to address coast to coast audiences
Upcoming speaking tour beginning February 15 to address Canada’s role in the blockade of Gaza and give their firsthand account of the capture at sea of the Tahrir.
David Heap - A linguistics professor at the University of Western Ontario, Heap was on board the Canadian Boat, the Tahrir, when it was seized by the Israeli navy in international waters.
Ehab Lotayef - A poet and engineer from Montreal, Lotayef was on board the Canadian boat, the Tahrir, when it was seized by the Israeli navy in international waters.
We ask for your support by signing the following
CBG Declaration and Call on the Canadian government
in the space provided below. Thank you!
Canadian Government Abandons Human Rights At Sea: Release the Canadian Boat to Gaza
November 4th, last year, the Canadian ship Tahrir and its cargo of medical supplies, along with everyone onboard, were forcibly taken by the Israeli navy while peacefully sailing in international waters towards the blockaded* Gaza Strip.
The Canadian government expressed no concern to the government of Israel over this serious international incident involving Canadians. Despite multiple requests, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs under Minister John Baird is refusing to ask Israel to release the Tahrir and its cargo of desperately-needed medical aid, saying that this is a purely private matter. Canadians expect more from their government.
The Tahrir was bought with Canadian funds collected from people and organizations from coast to coast to coast. Israel has had more than enough time for a thorough inspection and search of the vessel, the ostensible reason used to justify the capture of the Tahrir, and has never found, nor even claimed to find, anything dangerous or prohibited on board. And yet the Harper Tories have once again granted Israel impunity for its reckless actions.
Check our site often for new updates.
Dans les médias juillet 2012 /In the media July 2012
- David Heap radio interview on CHRW 94.9
- Radio report about CBG filing for the return of the Tahrir - CHRW 94.9
Dans les médias mai 2012 /In the media May 2012
- Freedom Waves to Gaza - video of presentation by David Heap in Winnipeg
- David Heap radio interview on CKUW-22 May 2012
- David Heap interview on CBC in Winnipeg
- Announcement of launch of the Gaza's Ark project
Dans les médias mars 2012 /In the media March 2012
- Video presentation by Ehab Lotayef in Vancouver posted by Pasifik.ca
Dans les médias février 2012 /In the media February 2012
- Activist shares story of attempt to breach Gaza blockade, The Telegram
- David Heap comes to town, media cowers, Halifax Media Co-op
- Man formerly detained in Israel speaking in St. John's next Monday, The Telegram
Dans les médias janvier 2012 /In the media January 2012
- David Heap Radio interview on CFMU 93.3 McMaster Hamilton
- Presentation by David Heap at Occupy London, ON
Dans les médias decembre 2011 /In the media December 2011
- David Heap Radio interview on VOP, Voice of Palestine-Vancouver
- Running the Blockade and Harvesting the Olives: Experiences of Solidarity with Palestine, Vancouver Media Co-Op
Dans les médias le 29 novembre 2011 /In the media November 29, 2011
- Karen DeVito and John Turnbull Radio Interview on Voice of Palestine, Voice of Palestine-Vancouver
Dans les médias le 26 novembre 2011 /In the media November 26, 2011
- Tahrir is taken by the IDF 4Nov2011, AlJazeera English footage
Dans les médias le 23 novembre 2011 /In the media November 23, 2011
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