ESTÁ A ACONTECER: dois barcos a caminho de Gaza

 

 

Dear friends,

 

This news is breaking: At this moment, two boats are in international waters in the Mediterranean heading to Gaza. One boat, the Saoirse from Ireland, includes parliamentarians among its passengers. The other, the Tahrir, carries representatives from Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Palestine.

 

The U.S. Representative on the Tahrir, Kit Kittredge, was a passenger on the U.S. Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope mission in Athens in July. A journalist from Democracy Now is also on the Tahrir. Civil society organizations in Gaza await their arrival, and look forward to the delivery of letters collected from thousands of U.S. supporters in the “To Gaza With Love” campaign.

 

There have been three attempts in the last year and a half alone to break the siege of Gaza. The world knows about the terrible outcome in May, 2010. Earlier this summer, Jewish Voice for Peace watched along with everyone else as the US boat to Gaza set sail, with several of our members aboard. And we were as dismayed as everyone else when the boats were turned back by Greece at Israel’s and the United States’ behest. But we knew the movement would continue, and today it has! Please stay tuned as we await the outcome of this important human rights mission.

 

We need your help to make this mission a success. Please take these actions immediately.  

 

Check for updates:  www.ustogaza.org, www.tahrir.ca and watch or listen to Democracy Now for coverage from the Tahrir.

Call the State Department: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 202-647-5291 U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro 011-972-3-519-7575 Office of Israel/Palestinian Affairs Paul Sutphin 202-647-3672 Office of Consular Affairs, Kim Richter 202-647-8308 and President Obama: 202-456-1414, or email him here. Talking points for calls/emails: Gaza has been under siege since mid-2006, depriving 1.6 million people of their liberty and basic human rights. Although the siege has been condemned by the United Nations, the Red Cross, and many national governments, little has been done to ease the plight of these civilians. Civil society has had to act where governments would not. Two ships with 27 passengers from 5 countries are sailing to Gaza to confront the Israeli naval blockade, and to bring medical supplies and letters of support.

 

As Americans, who give Israel $3 billion in military aid every year, we are demanding our government insist Israel permit the ships’ safe passage and end its illegal blockade of Gaza. There are many alternatives for Israel to ensure its security without subjecting 1.6 million people to collective punishment.

 

Please forward this breaking news far and wide. For Freedom, Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director Jewish Voice for Peace • Would you like to be removed from the list? Click here to unsubscribe. • Subscribe to our blog Muzzlewatch. • Check out our new blog, The Only Democracy? • Inspired by what we’re doing? Please donate now. Every donation makes a difference. • Contact us directly at Jewish Voice for Peace. 1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 550. Oakland, CA 94612 510-465-1777 info@jvp.org

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