GazaFriends: From the Hebrew media… here’s what they say they will do

30 May, 2010 — Free Gaza

From someone with contacts in the Israeli military, the following message has been translated.

Commando units that will be used to stop the boats. He says they are highly trained, very efficient and very SILENT.

They will use silent inflatable boats to get to our boats and both try to board our boats directly from the inflatables and by dropping divers into the water to clime onto the boats.

He said that no matter the circumstances, the boats must NOT travel by night or with little light. They must keep in formation at all times, with the smaller boats in the inside and the larger boats on the outside. They must not allow any israeli boats to penetrate the formation.

But we are traveling at night, so everyone out there needs to be aware of what the Israeli military is planning. If this does happen, we have been forewarned. The boats have also. Lubna has just reported that some kind of plane came over the ships, perhaps trying to block the satellite and it looks suspiciously like a drone.. which would make sense.


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Latest from Free Gaza, approached by Israeli vessel

30 May, 2010 — www.freegaza.org

Lubna: greta urgent we have threat from israel (check out the HELP button on www.witnessgaza.com)

me [Greta]: Lubna. What is happening?

lubna: two israeli ships coming toward us me: So glad to see you here

Me: Please try to stay on this so I can tweet it

lubna: they contact the ship asked who we are and dissappeared now they getting close to the ship we can see them stay here 3 boats are coming not two 3 israeli boats we are 78 mile from israel

me: I’ll keep writing

lubna: people here put their life jackets every body preppering here

me: OK. You are the lifeline to our TWITTER account

lubna: we may loose the wirless, we didnt expect them now, we thought they will arrive at the morning, please stay in touch with the other boats

Sent at 10:50 PM on Sunday

me: We can’t reach anyone

Sent at 10:52 PM on Sunday

me: where are you? Are you there?


Greta Berlin, Co-Founder
+357 99 18 72 75
witnessgaza.com
www.freegaza.org
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KEVIN OVENDON REPORT’S LIVE FROM THE GAZA FLOTILLA!

30 May, 2010, 10pm — vivapalestina

At 22:41pm tonight, preparations aboard the Mavi Marmara are extensive. We are 90 miles away from land – 22 miles further than the Israeli decided 68 mile exclusion zone – but are being approached by an Israeli vessel.

Triage is set up and various strategies implemented to resist seizure. The Israeli media is reporting that Israel will deploy a very large naval force. Far from minimising violence, this is an illegal aggressive move which will make it more likely.

We are broadcasting live from the ship. Calm and organisation overcome the fear that Israel is trying to instill.

Viva Palestina and all aboard are prepared.

We are calling on everyone to contact various political leaders to ask them to do everything in their power to ensure the safety of these brave people, and to stand up and add their voice in support of this humanitarian flotilla.

Full details of how they can contact these political figures can be found through following link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gaza-TV-News/119275738102852?v=app_2347471856#!/pages/Gaza-TV-News/119275738102852?v=app_2347471856

There you will find email addresses, and template letters to use. Full instructions are provided, and we ask that you follow these and show your support for everyone involved.

This is a very serious situation, and we are calling on everyone to play their part in helping ensure their safety, and that the aid reaches Gaza without difficulty.

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Alice Howard
Viva Palestina UK
Tel: +447889726777
Email: alice@vivapalestina.org
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Viva Palestina, helping to make the positive steps in breaking the siege of Gaza!

GazaFriends: From the Hebrew media… here’s what they say they will do

30 May, 2010 — Free Gaza

From someone with contacts in the Israeli military, the following message has been translated.

Commando units that will be used to stop the boats. He says they are highly trained, very efficient and very SILENT.

They will use silent inflatable boats to get to our boats and both try to board our boats directly from the inflatables and by dropping divers into the water to clime onto the boats.

He said that no matter the circumstances, the boats must NOT travel by night or with little light. They must keep in formation at all times, with the smaller boats in the inside and the larger boats on the outside. They must not allow any israeli boats to penetrate the formation.

But we are traveling at night, so everyone out there needs to be aware of what the Israeli military is planning. If this does happen, we have been forewarned. The boats have also. Lubna has just reported that some kind of plane came over the ships, perhaps trying to block the satellite and it looks suspiciously like a drone.. which would make sense.


Greta Berlin, Co-Founder
+357 99 18 72 75
witnessgaza.com
www.freegaza.org
http://www.flickr.com/photos/freegaza

Latest from Free Gaza, approached by Israeli vessel

30 May, 2010 — www.freegaza.org

lubna: greta urgent we have threat from israel (check out the HELP button on www.witnessgaza.com)

me[Greta]: Lubna. What is happening?

lubna: two israeli ships coming toward us me: So glad to see you here

Me: Please try to stay on this so I can tweet it

lubna: they contact the ship asked who we are and dissappeared now they getting close to the ship we can see them stay here 3 boats are coming not two 3 israeli boats we are 78 mile from israel

me: I’ll keep writing

lubna: people here put their life jackets every body preppering here

me: OK. You are the lifeline to our TWITTER account

lubna: we may loose the wirless, we didnt expect them now, we thought they will arrive at the morning, please stay in touch with the other boats

Sent at 10:50 PM on Sunday

me: We can’t reach anyone

Sent at 10:52 PM on Sunday

me: where are you? Are you there?


Greta Berlin, Co-Founder
+357 99 18 72 75
witnessgaza.com
www.freegaza.org
http://www.flickr.com/photos/freegaza

The Malthus Myth: Population, Poverty and Climate Change

22 May, 2010 — Left Streamed

This was recorded at the Socialism 2010: Socialism or Barbarism Conference in Toronto.

From International Brigade to Freedom Flotilla: Remembering the ancestors of our struggle By William Bowles

30 May, 2010

international-brigadeIn the light of the Freedom Flotilla on its way to Gaza and the opposition it’s facing, not only from Israel, but the news blackout by the corporate/state media of the seven hundred brave people making the trip, it’s worth recalling that back in the 1930s the International Brigade was formed to defend Spain’s democratic Revolution against Fascism.

Thousands of mostly working class people from around the world joined the call, many of whom died defending Republican Spain. From the United States, England, Canada, France and beyond, they answered the call from their comrades.

Outgunned and betrayed by their governments under the guise of ‘neutrality’, they died defending the idea that all men and women are brothers and sisters.

The Freedom Flotilla continues in the same spirit of internationalism and in spite of the seventy-five years that has passed since the Spanish Civil War, faces the same opposition from the ruling elites and their accomplices in the media. Continue reading

Gaza flotilla due to leave southern Turkey

29 May, 2010 — The Real News Network

Al Jazeera: Three boats that will form part of a flotilla hoping to break the siege of Gaza are due to leave a port in southern Turkey. They are to link up with six other vessels off the coast of Cyprus, before heading to the Gaza Strip. But Israel says it will stop the flotilla before it reaches its destination – and arrest all on board. Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Vall reports from Antalya.

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Tensions rise over Gaza aid fleet

29 May, 2010 — Al Jazeera

A fleet of 9 vessels is heading towards Gaza, with some 700 activists and 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid aboard. Israel is preparing a detention center, claiming it won’t allow the ships to go through.  At the same time, it has launched a PR campaign in an effort to convince the world that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Racheli Gai.

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The UN chief has called for restraint as some 700 activists from around world vow to deliver 10,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to break the blockade of Gaza.

Israel has cautioned that the Freedom Flotilla would be stopped, if necessary by force.

The nine-ship flotilla is by far the largest fleet of aid to try to reach the coastal Palestinian territory since Israel imposed its siege on it in 2007.

“We strongly urge that all involved act with a sense of care and responsibility and work for a satisfactory resolution,” a spokesman for Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.

He restated UN opposition to the siege of Gaza and the lack of material to meet “basic needs, begin reconstruction, and revive economic life”.

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Gaza flotilla drives Israel into a sea of stupidity By Gideon Levy

30 May, 2010 — Haaretz

Of course the peace flotilla will not bring peace, and it won’t even manage to reach the Gaza shore. The action plan has included dragging the ships to Ashdod port, but it has again dragged us to the shores of stupidity and wrongdoing

The Israeli propaganda machine has reached new highs its hopeless frenzy. It has distributed menus from Gaza restaurants, along with false information. It embarrassed itself by entering a futile public relations battle, which it might have been better off never starting. They want to maintain the ineffective, illegal and unethical siege on Gaza and not let the “peace flotilla” dock off the Gaza coast? There is nothing to explain, certainly not to a world that will never buy the web of explanations, lies and tactics.

Only in Israel do people still accept these tainted goods. Reminiscent of a pre-battle ritual from ancient times, the chorus cheered without asking questions. White uniformed soldiers got ready in our name. Spokesmen delivered their deceptive explanations in our name. The grotesque scene is at our expense. And virtually none of us have disturbed the performance.

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