Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bay Area Labor and Community to Picket an Israeli Ship


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Bay Area Labor and Community to Picket an Israeli Ship

Sunday, June 20, 2010, 5:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time
Berth 57, Port of Oakland, California, U.S.A.

 Israel’s Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla!
Boycott Israeli Ships and Goods!
Lift the Blockade 
NOW – Let Gaza Live!
Bring Down 
Israel's Apartheid Wall!
Unions, labor federations and other organizations around the world have condemned Israel’s deadly attack against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31, 2010. Nine people were killed and dozens seriously injured in the Israeli commando attack in international waters on ships attempting to bring humanitarian cargo to the suffering and blockaded people of Gaza.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Rachel Corrie on Her Way.


[Cyprus, June 4, 2010] The Rachel Corrie is 150 miles away from Gaza in international waters and on her way. They will arrive on Saturday morning. The 1200 ton cargo ship is the last ship from the Freedom Flotilla and is loaded with construction materials, 20 tons of paper and many other supplies that Israel refuses to allow into the imprisoned people of Gaza.
Some of the High-Profile people on board:
Mairead Maguire from Belfast, Ireland, a Nobel Peace Laureate (l976) and Co-founder of Peace People, Northern Ireland.  She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace and a nonviolent solution to the Ethnic/political conflict in Northern Ireland. Mairead went on the maiden Voyage of Dignity in October 2008, the second successful voyage for the Free Gaza Movement.  She was also on Board ‘Spirit’ when Israel hijacked the Boat in International Waters, taking all 2l humanitarian passengers to Israel, where they were arrested, detained for a week in an Israeli prison and then deported.
Denis Halliday, from Ireland, a UN Assistant Secretary-General from 1994-98. Appointed by SG Boutros Ghali, he served as ASG UN Human Resources Management in New York and in mid 1997 to end 1998 as Head, Humanitarian Programme in Iraq to support the Iraqi people struggling under the genocidal impact of UN Sanctions. Since resigning from the UN in 1998, Halliday has delivered numerous parliamentary briefings, provided extensive media inputs and has given public/university lectures on Iraq, human rights, and the UN, in particular its reform.
Matthias Chang Wen Chieh is a Malaysian of Chinese descent. He is a Barrister of 32 years standing and once served as the Political Secretary to the Fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. He is the author of three bestsellers, “Future Fast Forward”, “Brainwashed for War, Programmed to Kill”, and “The Shadow Money-Lenders and the Global Financial Tsunami”, published in the US and in Malaysia.
Mohd Nizar bin Zakaria,Perak, Malaysia, MP Mohd Nizar bin Zakaria is a Member of the Malaysian Parliament.
In addition, there is a three-member camera crew on board from Malaysia TV3 and journalis Shamsul Akmar bin Musa Kamal.
The passengers on board the ship have stated, “Communication is difficult and sometimes impossible and there are many rumors out there started by Israeli authorities, but there is no way we are going to Ashdod. We are, for sure, on our way to Gaza.”
Contact: Greta Berlin, 00 357 99 18 72 75
Mary Hughes 00 357 6 38 38

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Stopover in Rhodes

We had been forewarned that we would not be able to wash aboard and on Monday we all went out an purchased baby wipes plus other supplies.

We boarded the passenger boat, the Sfendoni, at noon Tuesday. Boat decorated w/flags. I had brought an American flag which was put at the front of the boat below the Palestinian flag which was below the EU flag.

The 54 passengers on this boat alone are from over a dozen countries (flotilla overall from between 30 and 40). Two doctors. There are also journalists on board, including Abbas Nasser (al Jazeera) who heroically covered the 2006 invasion of Lebanon. No American journalists.

We waited and waited at the dock. I started taking bets as to when we actually would leave. I collected 12 euros.

We finally left Piraes at 8:43pm on Tuesday evening (after having moved once for the Greek authorities to check the passports of all the passengers).

By morning all three flags were down & the A-flag was missing. Either the wind had torn it off overnight or someone on the boat was unhappy with it, just the flag. All are very happy to have FPM folks on board.

At around 10:30am we met up with the Greek cargo ship, the Free Mediterranean. We waved & chanted Free Palestine & Free Gaza to each other. It was thrilling!!!

So far as I know no one has gotten seasick (the waters are very calm).

We docked in Rhodes at 7:30pm Wednesday, stayed overnight. Showers, yay!. Today is Thursday and we will be leaving shortly for the long haul.

That's all I have time for now.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We're off and running..

...rowing, I mean swimming. Actually about 40-50 people from various groups have gathered at the Sfendoni passenger boat in Piraes. It's 1:15pm Athens time. Paul, Ed, Joe, Gene and myself, the Free Palestine Movement 5, are all here. Jan and Samy are here to see us off.

We will be boarding in about half an hour and off to sea 2:30-ish.

First stop Rhodes.

Then off to the meeting place of all vessels somewhere in the Mediterranean.

Then off to Gaza.

~ Janet

Thursday, May 20, 2010

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