FW: [GazaFriends] URGENT! Israeli Navy Firing On Unarmed Civilians
- Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 04:46:38 -0400From: ramzi@...: gazafriends@...: [GazaFriends] URGENT! Israeli Navy Firing On Unarmed Civilians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ISRAELI NAVAL VESSELS FIRING ON UNARMED FISHING BOATS AND HUMAN RIGHTSWORKERS
For more information, please contact:(at sea, off Gaza coast) Vittorio Arrigoni, +972 598 826 516(at sea, off Gaza coast) Donna Wallach, +972598 836 420(Cyprus) Greta Berlin, +357 99 081 767 / iristulip@...(Cyprus) Osama Qashoo, +357 97 793 595
(OFF THE COAST OF GAZA) 1 September 2008 - Israeli Naval vessels arecurrently firing on unamrmed Palestinian fishing boats and internationalhuman rights workers off the coast of the Gaza Strip. The fishing boatsare several miles off the coast of Gaza City, in Palestinian territorialwaters. As of 11am (4am EST) no one had been injured, but live ammunitionis still being fired in the direction of the civilian boats.
The unarmed boats went to sea at dawn this morning, in an attempt to fishin their own water. Six international human rights workers from fivedifferent countries accompanied the fishermen in the hopes that theirpresence would deter the Israeli military from firing on the fishermen. Inthe past the Israeli military has shot and killed unarmed Palestinianfishermen for trying to fish in their own waters.
Accompanying the fishermen are:
Vittorio Arrigoni, ItalyGeorgios Karatzas, GreeceAdam Qvist, DenmarkAndrew Muncie, ScotlandDonna Wallach, USADarlene Wallach, USA
PLEASE INFORM THE MEDIA IMMEDIATELY, CALL YOUR EMBASSIES IN TEL AVIV, ANDCALL THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT. TELL THEM TO STOP FIRING UPON UNARMEDFISHERMEN AND UNARMED HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORS. CALL: The Israeli Ministry of Foreign AffairsTel. +972 2 530 3111 The British Embassy in Tel Aviv+972 3 725 1222 The US Embassy in Tel Aviv+972 2 625 5755
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