For Immediate Release
Israeli navy attacks international monitoring boat
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Ruqaya Izzedien (00970) 592 669 044
(British journalist speaking English and Arabic)
At 8:40am, on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012, an Israeli warship attacked international observers, a journalist and the Palestinian captain of the Civil Peace Service Gaza (CPSGAZA) boat Oliva, in an attempt to harm the crew members and threaten them with arrest.
"We were behind the buoy that Israel put out at sea to mark the three mile limit and they attacked us with heavy water cannons for half an hour, chasing us towards the northen nautical border, " said Rosa Schiano, an Italian observer. "Then they accused us of crossing the border, when they had forcibly chased us in that direction. "
Ruqaya Izzedien, a British journalist who accompanied the mission, is available for media questions or interviews. Her attached photo may be used with attribution.
The Oliva was near one fishing boat within three nautical miles of the shore when an Israeli warship drew closer and began circling around the boat, chasing it towards Gaza’s north coast. The warship soon attacked the Oliva with a water cannon, causing the boat to fill up with water. The crew stated that they did not pose any danger and asked the warship to stop firing water. A soldier replied: "Shut up".
The warship ordered the Oliva to shut down its motor, and its crew to stand in the front of the boat. When they asked whether they were being arrested, a soldier replied: "We'll take all of you". Finally, radio commanders decided alternately and the Oliva and its crew were allowed to sail away. "This is your last warning. Next time we won’t be as nice, if you know what I mean", a soldier added as the Oliva prepared to leave.
While the Oliva was under attack, the CPSGAZA land team observed the Israeli navy simultaneously attacking Palestinian fishermen west of the Gaza Seaport. The fishermen were targeted by live gunfire and wake washed.
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Press Release from the Global March to Jerusalem - North America
March 29, 2012
For immediate release
Nine Canadians left Canada over the past few days to join tens of thousands of marchers towards Jerusalem (or to the nearest point possible according to the circumstances of each location). They will be marching towards the holy city from areas around West Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.
The Global March to Jerusalem is a peaceful march which will take place tomorrow, March 30th (Palestinian Land Day) uniting the efforts of Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and all citizens of conscience of the world to put an end to Israel’s disregard for international law through the continuing occupation and ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem.
** Communiqué en anglais seulement annonçant des événements hors Québec **
Canadians abducted by Israel to address coast to coast audiences
For immediate release
February 8, 2012
Three Canadians, who were forcibly abducted from the Canadian ship Tahrir by Israel and detained without charge this past fall, are demanding the Conservative government press Israel return the boat and its contents. And they are taking this message directly to nine communities from coast to coast in an 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.
Dates, locations, and details of the speaking tour: http://www.tahrir.ca/speaking-tour-2012
Tour informational video: http://www.tahrir.ca/video-blockade-gaza-canadas-role
On November 4th last year, with a wink and a nod from the Canadian government, Israel sent a clear and unambiguous message to Canadian activists intent on challenging the illegal blockade of Gaza: Israel will not hesitate to use military force against you, and your government will do nothing to stop us.