INTERVIEW WITH DAVID HEAP, WESTERN UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR AND CANADIAN BOAT TO GAZA STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER
"What ever you think of the people governing there, you can't hold a civilian population hostage in that way,with a blockade by land and by sea and by air"-David Heap on the Gaza Blockade.
Western University Professor and Canadian Boat to Gaza Steering Committee Member, David Heap, talks to CHRW about the recent letter sent regarding the seized vessel, Tahrir, the Gaza Blockade, the seizing of the vessel itself, and how listeners can get involved in the campaign.
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On June 11th, the Toronto Law Firm of Jackman Nazami and associates filed a letter on behalf of the Canadian Boat to Gaza Steering committee, requesting the return of the vessel, Tahrir, and its cargo that was illegally seized on international waters last November.The Gaza blockade blocks materials and goods from reaching 1.6 million Palestinian civilians living in the Gaza strip.
Western University Professor and Steering committee member, David Heap, talked to CHRW about the letter and why it was sent, and the seizing of the vessel last November by Israeli Navy members. Two Greek ships from the 2010 Freedom Flotilla were released by Israel earlier this month.
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Radio interview with David Heap on CKUW in Winnipeg can be heard here:
David Heap parle au Centre Akram Jomaa
David Heap speaks at the Akram Jomaa Centre in Calgary about the Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir, and Gaza's Ark.
Organized by Muslims of Calgary.
David Heap a été interviewé sur la CBC français à Winnipeg
David Heap was interviewed on CBC French in Winnipeg about the Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir, during his speaking tour in the Prairies.
By Dorian Geiger
Professor of French linguistics at Western Ontario University, David Heap is a typical Canadian university academic — except he’s spent six days in an Israeli prison.
Heap, a political activist, was detained by Israeli forces in November, 2011 for attempting to cross waters into Gaza aboard a Canadian-owned flotilla with medical and educational supplies for the region’s citizens.
Heap will speak in Saskatoon on Thursday amidst a campaign he has organized urging Stephen Harper’s Conservative government to press Israel to release the boat so its contents can be distributed to the Palestinian people.
Media Release **Please watch for news soon about Gaza's Ark**
May 15, 2012
Canadian abducted by Israel to address Prairie audiences
A Canadian who was forcibly abducted by Israeli forces from the Canadian ship Tahrir and detained without charge last fall continues to demand that the Conservative government press Israel to immediately return the boat and its contents, and is taking that message on a Prairies speaking tour.
London, Ontario activist David Heap, who was on board the Tahrir when it was boarded in international waters, will be speaking in Saskatoon on May 17 and Winnipeg on May 22, and will also address the campaign’s ongoing plans to challenge the illegal blockade of Gaza.
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Published on February 16, 2012
One of three Canadians abducted by Israeli forces from a Canadian ship carrying food and medical supplies destined for Gaza last fall will be speaking in St. John’s next Monday.
David Heap, who is also a faculty member in the French Studies and Linguistics program at the University of Western Ontario, will discuss Canada’s role in the blockade of Gaza and offer a firsthand account of what happened on the Tahrir — the ship destined for Gaza. According to a news release issued today, he was detained in Israel without charges.