Israel firing on defenseless fishermen and human rights activists this moment.

I’ll post this in it’s entirety so you can do something about it if you so choose:

For Immediate Release

(OFF THE COAST OF GAZA) 1 September 2008 – Israeli Naval vessels are currently firing on unamrmed Palestinian fishing boats and international
human rights workers off the coast of the Gaza Strip. The fishing boats are several miles off the coast of Gaza City, in Palestinian territorial
waters. As of 11am (4am EST) no one had been injured, but live ammunition is still being fired in the direction of the civilian boats.

The unarmed boats went to sea at dawn this morning, in an attempt to fish in their own water. Six international human rights workers from five different countries accompanied the fishermen in the hopes that their presence would deter the Israeli military from firing on the fishermen. In the past the Israeli military has shot and killed unarmed Palestinian fishermen for trying to fish in their own waters.

Accompanying the fishermen are:

Vittorio Arrigoni, Italy

Georgios Karatzas, Greece

Adam Qvist, Denmark

Andrew Muncie, Scotland

Donna Wallach, USA

Darlene Wallach, USA

PLEASE INFORM THE MEDIA IMMEDIATELY, CALL YOUR EMBASSIES IN TEL AVIV, AND CALL THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT. TELL THEM TO STOP FIRING UPON UNARMED FISHERMEN AND UNARMED HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORS.
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Tel. +972 2 530 3111

CALL:

The British Embassy in Tel Aviv – +972 3 725 1222

The US Embassy in Tel Aviv – +972 2 625 5755

http://www.jnewswire.com/article/2517

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2 Responses to “Israel firing on defenseless fishermen and human rights activists this moment.”


  1. 1 attendingtheworld September 1, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    The Israelis “fingers” were just itching to fire on someone. They probably wanted to fire on the Free Gaza Boats but because they were highly publicized, Israel stood to lose – again – on the PR front! Now that these poor fishermen want to earn a living, Israel was probably thinking that no one would hear much about “these people” and that it would be OK to terrorize them, if not kill them, including the activists.

    What else does one expect from a state that was created on and by terrorism?

    ATW

  2. 2 theradicalmormon September 2, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Though this is apparently a common thing the Palestinian fishermen have to deal with, (being fired upon while fishing in their own waters) I think that this usually doesn’t happen when there are international observers on board, or that Israel would think twice before shooting when humanitarian workers are on board.

    Perhaps I am mistaken, but it seems like these sorts of events happen when the US public is distracted by other events. Right now we have the Republican Convention starting up at the same time we are all glued to news reports about Gustav.

    Yes, Attending, I expect no less from a state founded on terrorism.


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