Thursday 2nd July 2009
London, 2 July, (ECESG) - The European campaign to end the siege on
Gaza (ECESG) called today for international human rights organizations
and lobbying groups to organize large protests in front of Israeli
embassies across Europe in solidarity with activists of Freegaza
Movement. Activists onboard of the humanitarian boat were kidnapped by
Israeli naval forces while they were sailing in a peaceful mission to
end the siege.
The call aims at creating factual movements on the ground to release
“the spirit of humanity” activists. Additionally, head of ECESG, Dr.
Arafat Madi contacted EU officials and MPs to urge on moving to
release the activists immediately.
British Baroness, Jenny Tonge, expressed her deep anger and concerns
towards the Israeli doing. She said that, “I shall take up the
matter with the Foreign office.”
Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has described
the Israeli government’s decision to board and hijack a peace boat
on route to Gaza carrying medical aid as contemptible, adding; “The
piracy of the Israeli Navy in boarding the boat in international
waters and towing it towards Israel this is yet another astounding
example of just how beyond reproach this administration believes it
The boat was boarded by highly-profiled people like Mairead Maguire,
winner of a Noble Peace Prize and a former U.S. congressperson,
Cynthia McKinney. The vessel was forcibly taken to one of the Israeli
seaports under direct threats from naval boats.
Maguire, winner of a Noble Peace Prize was taken against her will and
isolated from the rest of the team. The Israeli army cared about
neither her old age nor her position. Two activists were released only
while the rest are in Israeli detention of Ramallah. The exemplary
punishment against the activists is a small glimpse of what’s
happening to 12 thousand Palestinians in Israeli jails.
ECESG is organizing a number of protests in various European
countries to call on releasing the kidnapped peace activists.
Israeli Embassy in Roma, Italy
Location: Via Michele Mercati, 14
In front of the Israeli embassy
3rd of July 2009
Embassy of Israel in Copenhagen, Denmark
Israel Embassy, Sweden
Embassy of Israel
Israeli Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands
Embassy of Israel in The Hague, Netherlands
Ambassade van Israel
2513 AH Den Haag