Israel attacks Gaza-bound boat #Estelle in Int’l Waters, Defying International Law, Kidnaps Parliamentarians and activists (PRESS INFO)

Foreign Policy | Oct 20, 2012

for immediate release

Contact:

US Boat to Gaza, Robert Naiman,
217-979-2857;
naiman@justforeignpolicy.org

Jane Hirschmann, 845 246 6494;
kaneri46@gmail.com

New York, October 20, 6AM EDT

Shortly after 4:00AM EDT when the Gaza-bound Estelle was in international waters approx. 17 Nautical Miles north of Arish, Egypt (as per the last coordinates we have) Israeli warships surrounded the Estelle and the assault on the peaceful ship started.

Communications were lost at that time and all reports we got from the ship were choppy.

Israeli authorities have announced that the boat and passengers will be taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod. Past practice suggests that the passengers will be charged with entering Israel illegally even though they have done no such thing.

Among others, the following individuals were on board:

Former Member of Parliament Manly James, Canada
Member of Parliament Hagen Aksel, Norway
Member of Parliament Britton Sven, Sweden
Member of Parliament Kodelas Dimitios, Greece
Member of Parliament Sixto Ricardo, Spain
Member of Parliament Diamantopoulos Evangelos, Greece

* Full list of individuals on board:
http://shiptogaza.se/en/news/sailors-onboard-estelle
* Pictures of passengers on board
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1319
* Jim Manly’s pre-recorded video message:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8egYBdf-Zo

Canada Contacts:
Jim Manly’s wife, Eva Manly 250-616-3166
Ehab Lotayef, Canadian Boat to Gaza, 514-941-9792

Gaza:
David Heap, Canadian Boat to Gaza +972 59 289 3106






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