Please note that the invited speaker from Turkey was denied entry to the United States…

Don’t Let Enemies of Freedom Suppress the Truth About

Israel’s Attack on a Humanitarian Aid Ship!
All Out to the House of the Lord Church 415 Atlantic Ave. Thursday June 17, 7 pm


Two weeks ago Israeli naval commandos stormed a Turkish ship loaded with humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza. They murdered 9 unarmed passengers. The oldest, Ibrahim Bilgen, was 61. the youngest, Furkan Dogan, a U.S. citizen born in Troy , N.Y., was just 19.

On Thursday, June 17, two eyewitnesses to this horror, U.S. filmmaker Iara Lee and British political organizer Kevin Ovenden, and Ahmet Unsal, a former Member of Turkey’s Parliament, have been invited to tell their views and stories at a public forum at Brooklyn’s historic House of the Lord Church. The meeting is cosponsored by dozens of organizations.

They come with nothing but words. But words of truth strike fear into the hearts of certain hate-filled New York politicians who have voted time and again to turn U.S. taxpayers’ dollars into missiles and bombs for Israel’s war machine.

On June 14, City Council speaker Christine Quinn, Reps. Jerry Nadler, Anthony Weiner, Carolyn Mahoney, Charles Rangel and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer gathered in Times Square at the behest of the so-called “Jewish Community Relations Council.” They shamelessly demanded that the State Department investigate the invited speakers for “ties to terrorism.” They want to prevent or delay their entry the United States. This is a clear attempt to not only deny the passengers’ right to speak but to deny the people of the United States the right to hear their words.

The group of politicians who issued this call have supported every act of terror by the Israeli state against the native people of Palestine and its neighbors. They cheered the 2008-9 terror bombing and invasion of Gaza that slaughtered 1,400 people, including hundreds of children. They applauded Israel’s 2006 mass murder of 900 Lebanese civilians. They hail the cruel blockade that denies food, medicine, electricity and sanitation to the people of Gaza and they dare to support the killing and kidnapping of Turkish, U.S, British and Irish citizens who tried to break that blockade.

These political hacks now attack our very right to learn and discuss the issues involved. They seek to pin the label of “terrorist” on any who oppose the vicious and immoral blockade of Gaza and the endless stream of U.S. guns and dollars to Israel’s brutal war machine. And they want to hide the truth about what happened that bloody night on the Mavi Marmara.

We call upon all people who believe in justice and freedom to resist this attack on our rights. Let your elected representative  know that you have the right to hear what the courageous survivors of the Mavi Marmara have to say. And let’s pack the House of the Lord Church Thursday night. Let’s answer this vile attempt at intimidation with a powerful mass meeting.

Sponsors include Muslim American Society, International Action Center, National Lawyers Guild-NYC, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement,  American Muslims For Palestine, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, NYC Labor Against the War,  Arab Muslim American Federation, Labor For Palestine, FIST, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, Action for a Progressive Pakistan, ANSWER Coalition, Anakbayan, Bayan USA, Creative Nonviolent Resistance against Injustice, Gabriela USA, International League of Peoples Struggle–NY/LOC, Middle East Crisis Response, El Beireh Society, The Indypendent, Socialist Action, International Socialist Organization, Westchester Peoples Action Coalition, American-Iranian Friendship Committee


Photos © by Bud Korotzer


  1. skulz fontaine said,

    June 18, 2010 at 14:40

    But THAT’S EXACTLY what U.S. government does. Repress truth and censor the truth tellers. Shilling freaks like Nadler, Rangel, Lieberman (the ‘tailgunner’ Joe), Biden, Obama, Pelosi, ‘itchy’ McConnell, Cornyn, McCain the insane, they don’t want the Amerikan sheeple to hear of Israeli terrorism. Israeli state sponsored terrorism. Murder and piracy in international waters. Unilateral insanity and wanton war criminality. Because and let us take a short breath here- and breath then resume- the U.S. is just as unilaterally insane as is Israel. The government of Israel and not Israeli people. Not all Israeli people.
    It’s about money and gigantic piles of money. The money that flows with strings attached to AIPAC or Foxman’s ADL so shameless and whoring Amerikan politicians are attached at their lips to the money spigot.
    And the ‘guardians of mainstream infotainment’ protect the information highways and byways, plying their propaganda trade and American people are amazingly like mushrooms. Kept in the dark and fed bulls*#t.
    The survivors of the Mavi Marmara massacre SHOULD be on the Nightly News with Brian Williams or crazy Katie Couric or Diane what’s-her-name AND THEY WILL NEVER be allowed access. Not to the American people and not to American airwaves that belong rightfully to the American people. That ‘mushroom feeding’ motif at work and play once again.
    Those that would speak out are in disgrace. Those that speak out are “unpeople” or “small people” and will always and ever be distinguished by that. Because Palestine is that ever so icky issue and Israel’s killing and playing apartheid monster on Palestinian people is THE issue that the movers and shakers of Amerikan policy do not now nor ever want regular Americans to know anything about.

  2. brian said,

    June 18, 2010 at 16:01

    SHAME on the faux democracy :US, lettign itself be ruled by frauds like the so-called “Jewish Community Relations Council.”
    Why do americans let themselve serfs of a minor group like the jews? The Democrats have turned into a outpost of Israels knesset! Obama is destroying whatever good will he had,. Are people stupid?

  3. brian said,

    June 18, 2010 at 16:03

    ‘the so-called “Jewish Community Relations Council.’

    these ‘ councils’ must be closed down as a threat to democacy..they are fifth columns, serving foreign govts…There success in gaining control is thru the failure of americans to take action against them,.

  4. brian said,

    June 18, 2010 at 16:08


    this is silly talk…why talk of rights,…who is that being addressed to? Who is listening? if you have no ;power or access to power, you can talk of rights and freedom and democracy till youre blue in the face…

    What is needed is to bring an end to the zionist lobby and ALL lobbies. This can be done bye exposing publically how subservient politians are to them.

  5. brian said,

    June 18, 2010 at 16:10

    ‘Because and let us take a short breath here- and breath then resume- the U.S. is just as unilaterally insane as is Israe’

    yes, lets…and examine that word..’insane’…all it indicates is a sense of frustration due to powerlessness..The hope is to have the mark removed by magic word of power….
    But its not going to remove that nexus of power that money has over venal politicians.

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