ISRAELI PIRACY AFTERMATH ~~ THE PRISONERS SPEAK

 Criminals treating humanitarian aid activists as criminals? THAT IS CRIMINAL!
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Following are a number of reports dealing with those arrested by the criminal state of Israel…
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Activists: Gaza boat passengers refuse deportation deal

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BETHLEHEM — Activists detained in Israel after they attempted to sail to Gaza are refusing to sign a deportation agreement, a spokeswoman for the group said Sunday.

The document states that they entered Israel voluntarily and in an illegal manner, which the imprisoned boat passengers dispute, Huwaida Arraf said in a statement.

Their refusal to sign the deal, which would see them deported immediately, means they will be held for 72 hours before an Israeli immigration judge reviews their deportation, Arraf added.

The Irish-flagged Saoirse (“Freedom”) and the Canadian ship Tahrir (“Liberation”) — carrying 27 activists and reporters from nine countries — were intercepted by Israeli naval commandos in international waters off the Gaza coast and taken to Israeli port Ashdod on Friday.

Israeli Interior ministry spokeswoman Sabine Hadad said on Saturday that six passengers had been released and the remaining 21 people were still being held at a detention facility in Ramla near Tel Aviv.

Coordinator of the Irish ship Fintan Lane said Israeli forces used high-pressure hoses to take over the vessel, and caused a collision between the vessels, in a telephone call made to boat organizers from jail on Sunday.

Greek captain of the Tahrir Giorgos Klontzas, since released from jail, told Greek Omnia TV that Israel forces handcuffed him tightly and stuck fingers in his eyes during interrogation.

The Israeli military said no one was injured in the operation to block the ships from reaching Gaza, under a tightened Israeli blockade since Hamas took power in 2007.

The Israeli military maintains a land and maritime embargo on the coastal enclave of 1.6 million people, which international organisations criticize as “collective punishment,” in breach of the Geneva Conventions.

Activists organised a major attempt to break the Israeli blockade in May 2010, when six ships led by the Turkish Mavi Marmara tried to reach Gaza.

Israeli troops stormed the Marmara, killing nine Turkish nationals and sparking a diplomatic crisis with Ankara, which expelled the Israeli ambassador and has cut military ties with Israel.

Earlier this year, a second flotilla tried to reach Gaza, but several ships were sabotaged at port. Activists — who blamed the disabling of the ships on Israel — kept this week’s voyage under wraps until they set off from a southern Turkish port on Wednesday to avoid similar attempts, they said.

Source via Uruknet

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I write from cell 9 in the Apartheid State of Israel

David Heap

Dear sisters and brothers, friends and loved ones,

I write to you from cell 9, block 59 Givon Prison near Ramla in Occupied Palestine. Although I was tasered during the assault on the Tahrir, and bruised during forcible removal dockside (I am limping slightly as a result) I am basically ok. We, Ehab, Michael, Karen from Tahrir, as well as Karen, Kit (US) and Jihan who we saw briefly this morning. We are most concerned about our Tahrir shipmate, Palestinian Majd Kayyal from Haifa, last seen by us at Ashdod being photographed and put in a police car.*

Although Michael and I (among others) were transported in handcuffs and leg shackles, let me stress that we are neither criminals nor illegal immigrants but rather political prisoners of the apartheid state of Israel. Four from the Tahrir are imprisoned with 12 Irish comrades from the Saoirse, who have more experience with such issues. The four of us, Ehab and I (Cdn), Michael (Aus) and Hassan (UK) have joined with the Irish in their political prisoners’ committee in order to press our collective demands:

* association in the block – i.e. open cells
* adequate writing and reading material
* free communication with outside world – i.e. regular phone calls
* information about shipmate women held at same prison

We add one Tahrir-specific demand: that Israeli state recognize the professional status of Democracy Now journalist Jihan Hafiz in accordance with her credentials from the US government. All political incarceration is unjust but let me stress that in duration and conditions, our situation pales in comparison to the plight of thousands of Palestinian political prisoners and to the open air prison of Gaza.

If you have energy to devote to solidarity actions in the coming days, please concentrate on them. We must get Tahrir back and hope Freedom Waves continue.
Free Majd Kayyal! Free all political prisoners! Free Gaza! Free Palestine!

Anishnabe-debuewin, restons humaine, stay human, in love and struggle,

David


* Majd Kayyal was released, but it appears David the other political prisoners weren’t told where he was taken.

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Related to above …
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Canadian on Gaza ship ‘beaten,’ friend says

Joe Belanger


LONDON, ON – A Canadian man aboard a Gaza-bound vessel was apparently beaten and injured when arrested by Israeli authorities when it was intercepted Friday, a colleagues says.

Israeli authorities on Saturday began deporting pro-Palestinian activists who tried to breach the Jewish state’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

David Heap, Peace and Social Justice chair for the London chapter of the Council of Canadians, is still in custody at Givon prison. Heap also sits on a steering committee with People for Peace, London and teaches French studies and linguistics at the University of Western Ontario.

The Israeli navy on Friday intercepted a Canadian vessel and an Irish boat carrying 27 activists and medical supplies which had set sail from Turkey toward the Gaza Strip.

Wendy Goldsmith, of People for Peace, said the boat was intercepted 30 miles from the Gaza coast in international waters.

“Our folks peacefully refused to leave and they were violently taken off the boat and beaten but I don’t know the extent of their injuries,” Goldsmith said.

“David was beaten. We’re pressing for independent evidence that they are okay and not hurt. They were visited by Canadian consulate authorities and all they’ve said is they are all right. Beyond that, our Canadian government has done nothing.”

Goldsmith said she’s “really concerned” about the protesters and, especially, Heap, who has made other trips to Gaza, most recently in July when the boat he was on was seized by Greek authorities and towed back to port.

“I’m also very concerned that these people were kidnapped in international waters and our government has said nothing.”

An Israeli Immigration Authority spokesperson said two Greek citizens were flown home on Saturday and two journalists – one American and one Spanish – were to board flights on Sunday.

One Israeli citizen was released, as was an Egyptian woman who had crossed back to neighbouring Egypt overnight, the spokeswoman said.

Twenty one other activists were being held in custody in Israel and were awaiting deportation.

There were no injuries in the interception of the two boats on Friday, according to officials.

Source via Uruknet


17 Comments

  1. Howard T. Lewis III said,

    November 7, 2011 at 07:53

    Israel is criminals for their banker-master priests. They will always be crude and mean until freed. hard to feel sorry for such a base and vile buch, but their belief system is their oppressor.

  2. J Rouch said,

    November 7, 2011 at 19:31

    Someone should start boarding Israeli ships and kidnapping Israelis at gunpoint.

  3. November 7, 2011 at 19:48

    So much for all the bluster and hot air spewed by Erdogan… another windbag who is playing his part for ZATO. Where were you Turkey? You proclaimed to the world that you would protect further aid ships and yet we see this is just another lie to appease the people and pretend that Turkey is at odds with Israel. Erdogan is just another windbag politician. Any other country, our government would be actually doing something to protect its citizens… at least I think they would. This shit of the exceptionalism of that terrorist state has gone on for far too long. It is a sad day when there is nobody in western politics who has not been bribed or threatened by the Zionists and still possesses a shred of integrity and common human decency. What is the most despicable is that Israel tries to portray itself as an eternal victim. At some point in the future, when they are of no further use to the TPTB, they will be thrown to the wolves and there will not be many in the west who will shed tears.

  4. November 7, 2011 at 20:13

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  5. Patriot said,

    November 7, 2011 at 20:36

    “held for 72 hours before an Israeli immigration judge reviews their deportation”
    I’m not a lawyer, but this is strange since these folks were “arrested” in int’l waters. Has nothing to do with immigration judge, let alone one from Israel. What a bunch of nazis.

  6. Howard T. Lewis III said,

    November 7, 2011 at 20:51

    Yes. Someone should be boarding Israeli gunboats and arresting personnel at gunpoint.

  7. November 7, 2011 at 21:20

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  8. Izaak said,

    November 7, 2011 at 21:32

    You have to wonder at some point if the fraudulent nation of Israel will ever realize that they have in fact become the “NAZI’S” they fought so hard against less than 70 years ago. Free the Palestinian “ghettos”, Free Palestine and end the tyranny!

  9. Aramis said,

    November 7, 2011 at 22:01

    The Israelis have no fear of any complaints from the Canadian or American governments. Even if they had tortured and killed all those on board Ottawa and Washington wouldn’t have said a word.

  10. Howard T. Lewis III said,

    November 7, 2011 at 22:03

    Word
    Press, stop protecting England and the Rothschilds.

  11. Howard T. Lewis III said,

    November 7, 2011 at 22:12

    Israel is Britannia’s cat toy. (QofE and Rothschild bank). Israel obeys somebody and money is their lord. The City of London is the jewish Vatican.

  12. Howard T. Lewis III said,

    November 7, 2011 at 22:14

    You are correct. I can not make you include The City of London as the jewish Vatican. It is, you know.

  13. November 7, 2011 at 22:30

    We will see that these people will use nukes against Iran and we will watch and do nothing. Israel is a disease not a country nor a nation.

  14. November 7, 2011 at 22:42

    Can you imagine Israel’s response had Iran committed piracy, murder and kidnapping in international waters…repeatedly

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  16. Jeff Mills said,

    November 8, 2011 at 02:22

    Why will our ALP government do nothing to assist these people who have do no wrong but are the victims of genocide under the full meaning of the term under the UN Convention on Genocide.

    It is time that the international community stood as one.

    The “terror attacks” on the US and her allies may well be reduced siginificantly if they stopped commiting acts of terror on the nations rising against Israel’s extremist regime.

  17. November 8, 2011 at 08:25

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