The Israeli State struck another blow against ‘terrorism’ when it surrounded and threatened to fire upon the Spirit of Humanity, a boat carrying cement and medical supplies to Gaza. For over 2 years an vice-like siege has been imposed upon the people of Gaza for voting the wrong way. The fact that stopping boats and kidnapping their passengers in international waters is against international law doesn’t stop the Israeli state from doing what it wants. What is remarkable in this latest act of piracy is the silence of those who are only too eager to rush to the microphone to denounce Boycotts of Israel. David Milliband, the torturers’ friend whose father, the socialist Ralph Milliband, must be turning in his grave, has said nothing. Likewise the rest of the corrupt gang that calls itself New Labour. But once again the Israeli state has shot itself in the foot. Because although the BBC has censored news of the Gaza Boat it has spread worldwide and increased the contempt and hate for Zionism and the Israeli state. Below is the story from the Free Gaza group. Tony Greenstein
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 13:22 Written by Free Gaza Team
On June 30th 2009 Israeli Occupation Forces forcibly boarded the Free Gaza boat, SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, and kidnapped 21 human rights workers and journalists who were on their way to deliver much needed humanitarian and reconstruction supplies to besieged Gaza. Those abducted by Israel include Nobel peace prize laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.
Since their kidnapping, tens-of-thousands of people around the world have mobilized to demand their immediate and unconditional release. The Free Gaza Movement would like to thank everyone who has made a phone call, sent a fax or email, written a letter, or organized a demonstration on behalf of our 21 imprisoned friends.
With respect, it is not enough. We are not the story. Since its founding in 1948 the State of Israel has regularly kidnapped and tortured Palestinians, throwing them into forgotten prisons where they can languish for years. Today, over 11,000 Palestinian political prisoners without benefit of due process, some never even charged – men, women, and children – endure torture and isolation in Israeli jails, outdoor prison camps, and secret black sites. They come from all walks of life: doctors, journalists, parliamentarians, workers, resistance fighters, homemakers, students and others. They are our sisters and brothers.
The 21 passengers aboard the Spirit of Humanity have been illegally incarcerated for their solidarity work with Palestine. 11,000 other members of our common human family are already imprisoned simply for being Palestinian.
The Siege of Palestine is not simply the physical blockade against Gaza. The Siege includes the hundreds of checkpoints throughout the West Bank that separate families and communities and shatter any prospect for a viable Palestinian state. The Siege includes the millions of Palestinians in Diaspora, many of them dumped in squalid refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere. The Siege is ever-present throughout all aspects of Palestinian life. This Siege is only strengthened when we pay more attention to the injustice done to 21 international solidarity workers than we do to the much greater injustices already being committed against millions of Palestinians.
We in the Free Gaza Movement implore all the good people around the world who have working so hard to secure the release of our friends to “adopt” a Palestinian prisoner. We ask you to learn about the crisis and take on the cause of an individual prisoner as your own. Break the Siege! Reach out to Palestine!
For more information, please visit FreeGaza.org, as well as the following prisoner information websites: http://www.miftah.org/Display.cfm?DocId=7209&CategoryId=4 http://sumoud.tao.ca/?q=node/view/76 http://palestinianprisoners.blogspot.com/2009/04/palestinian-prisoners-families-protest_27.html http://www.btselem.org/english/statistics/Detainees_and_Prisoners.asp