URGENT ACTION NEEDED: ISRAELI TROOPS STORM GAZA FLOTILLA AND KILL 19: DEMONSTRATE TODAY

31 May, 2010 — Viva Palestina

Members of the Israeli Navy commandeered the largest ship of the Gaza Flotilla and in the process kill a reported 19 activists. On board the ship are international human rights activists from a number of countries including 28 from the UK.

News reports can be found on the BBC Sky NEWS, PRESS TV, The Guardian, Al Jazeera
 
What can you do:
 
1) Protest against Israel’s actions, to support the flotilla and to demand action from our government 11am, The Foreign Office, Whitehall, London. 2pm Downing Street, London.
 
2) Make phone calls. We need to put pressure on our government to take action against Israel’s violent actions which are violating several articles of the UN Convention on the law of the sea, part VII putting the lives of Britons and hundreds of others at risk.
 
3) Make Phone calls to the Israeli embassy in Briton demanding the safe passage of the ships to Gaza and the safety of all on board.
 
Emergency 24 hour assistance for Britons Abroad: 020 7008 1500
 
British Embassy in Tel Aviv 24 hour number for emergencies: 00972 3725 1222
 
British Consulate for OPT: East Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza Strip: 24 hour switchboard, 00972 02 541 4100
 
*Numbers for Israeli officials:*

Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s office: +972 2670 5354 or +972 5 0620 3264

Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence: +972 3697 5339 or +972 50629 8148

Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy: + 972 5 781 86248

The Israeli Ministry of Defense, Fax: 972-3-697-6717

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fax: 972-2- 5303367

Points you may wish to make:
There are a number of British nationals (at least 28) on board the flotilla. If asked for names, you can refer to Kevin Ovenden, Nicola Enchmarch, Nada Daher, Sarah Colbourne or Alex Harrison.

Based on the previous actions of Israel, there is reason to believe that the welfare of these British nationals may be at risk (Israel’s previous actions in ramming and nearly sinking the Dignity Free Gaza boat in December 2008 and in dangerously boarding the Spirit of Humanity in June 2009);

That based on Israel’s previous actions, there is reason to believe that large quantities of humanitarian aid, some of it donated by British people, is at risk of being damaged or destroyed.

*Numbers for Israeli officials:*

Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s office: +972 2670 5354 or +972 5 0620 3264

Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence: +972 3697 5339 or +972 50629 8148

Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy: + 972 5 781 86248

The Israeli Ministry of Defense, Fax: 972-3-697-6717

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fax: 972-2- 5303367

Palestinian fishermen are regularly fired upon off the coast of Gaza, but these are the first Israeli murders of internationals at sea. In recent years, the Israeli military has adopted increasingly vicious policies toward international human rights workers in Palestine, murdering Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurdall in 2003.

The names of the dead are not yet known. The flotilla passengers included retired US diplomats Amb. Edward Peck and Col. Ann Wright as well as humanitarian aid and human rights workers, several Members of Parliament from Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Turkey, Malaysia, and Palestinian Members of the Knesset.
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Alice Howard
Viva Palestina UK
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