[THS] Jewish Boat to Gaza boarded by Israeli forces
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Wed Sep 29 00:09:14 CEST 2010
Jewish Boat to Gaza boarded by Israeli forces and taken toward Ashdod port - press
release issued 28 September, 2010
The Irene, a boat carrying nine passengers and aid for Gaza 's population has been
taken over by the Israeli navy and denied access to Gaza .
The boat is flying a British flag and its passengers include citizens of the US , the UK ,
Germany and Israel . Two journalists are also on board.
Last contact with the boat's captain, Glyn Secker, was at 0937 GMT, when their path
had been cut off by a Destroyer. Recent reports from other news sources indicated
that the boat has been surrounded and boarded. At this point they were less than 20
miles from Gaza 's shore. Since then all phones went dead.
The occupied Gaza Strip's territorial waters end 12 nautical miles from shore, but the
Israeli blockade is enforced at 20 miles from shore.
Israeli attorney Smadar Ben Natan who is representing the passengers has asked to
see her clients immediately.
Local group Physicians for Human Rights-Israel has asked for permission to send an
independent doctor to visit the passengers immediately, after hearing from
organizers that at least one passenger suffers from serious chronic health problems
and is in need of medical care.
Speaking from London , a member of the organizing group, Richard Kuper of Jews
for Justice for Palestinians, has condemned the Israeli army's apparent action and
said that this boat and its fate are a symbol of the chances for peace in the region.
The way it is being treated by Israeli authorities indicates that they have no real
intentions of reaching peace, he said. He called for worldwide support for the boat
and its message of protest against the siege of Gaza and the occupation.
European Jews for a Just Peace, Jews for Justice for Palestinians (UK), Juedische
Stimme fuer einen gerechten Frieden in Nahost (Germany), American Jews for a Just
Peace (USA), Jewish Voice for Peace (USA), Jews Against the Occupation Sydney.
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