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Jul 21, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Canadian Boat to Gaza
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July 19, 2011- 4:30AM EDT

Organizers of the Canadian Boat to Gaza (CBG), the Tahrir, lost contact with the French flagged boat Dignité from the Freedom Flotilla II, at 10:10AM local time when the boat was in international waters north of Arish, Egypt, and are deeply concerned for those aboard, given the likelihood the vessel has been boarded by the Israeli Navy.  The Dignity had managed to get out of Greek territorial waters and was sailing towards Gaza. The Israeli navy recently threatened to intercept any ships heading to Gaza.
"We are calling on supporters across Canada to mobilize against what looks like an Israeli attack on or interception of the Dignité," says David Heap, who was on board the Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir, when it was prevented from sailing to Gaza by the Greek coast guard. "We condemn Israel's actions to impede ships in international waters and its illegal blockade of Gaza."

The Canadian Boat to Gaza is calling for   people in Canada and worldwide to demonstrate at Israeli missions and to urge their MPs to condemn Israel's actions and release the boat and the delegates aboard (see tahrir.ca for event and contact details). Stéphan Corriveau, a delegate from the Canadian Boat to Gaza, is on board the Dignité and he reported that they were aiming to reach the shores of Gaza on Tuesday. 

"Israel must immediately free the delegates and the boat. Canadian MPs must stand up for human rights and international law," says Dylan Penner, a steering committee member of Independent Jewish Voices who was also aboard the Tahrir in Greece. "The Freedom Flotillas will keep sailing until the illegal blockade of Gaza is ended."  

Activists in BC will gather early Tuesday morning,  7AM to 8AM PDT, at Deltaport , near Vancouver, for an information picket targeting a major Israeli shipping company, ZIM.  Returning delegates from the Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir, will be among the participants in the picket Tuesday morning. Solidarity actions are planned in other cities as well.

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Bateau canadien pour Gaza
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Le 19 juillet 2011 4h30 Montréal

Attaque contre le Dignité, bateau français destiné à Gaza : un Canadien à bord.


L’équipe du Bateau canadien à Gaza, le Tahrir, a perdu contact avec le bateau battant pavillon français qui fait partie de la Flotille de la liberté II, le Dignité, à 10h10 heure locale, lorqu'il naviguait en eaux internationales au nord de Al Arish, Egypte, et nous sommes gravement inquiets pour tout le monde qui se trouve à bord, étant donné la probabilité d’un abordage par les forces armées israéliennes. Le Dignité avait pu sortir des eaux territoriales grecques et naviguait vers les Gaza au moment du dernier contact. Les forces armées israéliennes avaient récemment menacé d'intercepter tout bateau qui se dirige vers Gaza.


« Nous faisons un appel à tous ceux et celles qui nous appuient à travers le Canada, afin de se mobiliser contre ce qui a l’air d’être une attaque ou une interception israélienne contre le Dignité » dit David Heap, membre du comité de direction qui était à bord du Tahrir quand la garde côtière grecque l’a empêché de naviguer vers Gaza. « Nous condamnons les actions d’Israël qui bloquent les vaisseaux en eaux internationales ainsi que son blocus illégal de Gaza. »

Le Bateau canadien à Gaza fait appel à ses sympathisants à travers le Canada et partout au monde de se manifester devant les ambassades et les consulats d’Israël, et d’encourager les élu.e.s de condamner les actions d’Israël et de demander la libération du bateau ainsi que toutes les personnes à bord (voir tahrir.ca pour les détails et coordonnées). Stéphan Corriveau, un participant du Bateau canadien à Gaza, est à bord le Dignité et il nous a informé que leur intention était d’atteindre la côte de Gaza aujourd’hui.

« Israël doit libérer les participants et le bateau immédiatement. Les députés canadien.ne.s doivent défendre le droit international et les droits de la personne » affirme Dylan Penner, membre du comité de direciton des Voix Juives Indépendantes, qui était également à bord du Tahrir en Grèce. « Les Flottilles de la liberté continueront à naviguer jusqu’à ce que le blocus illégal de Gaza prenne fin. »


Des sympathisants en C.-B. se rassemblent mardi matin entre 7h00 et 8h00 au Deltaport, près de Vancouver,  pour un piquet d’information qui vise une importante compagnie israélienne de transport maritime, Zim Shipping Lines. Parmi les participant.e.s il y aura des personnes qui étaient à bord du Bateau canadien pour Gaza, le Tahrir. Des actions solidaires sont également planifiées dans d’autres villes.
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