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spoke to irish on board

 I spoke to derek aboard the spirit of humanity about 40 mins ago. The are all doing well. 2  israeli gunships are now flanking both their pot and starboard side ( was previously 8, thretening to shoot and or board the boat) but have stopped communicating with them and interfering with their radio. They are approximately 20 miles from the international port of gaza, maybe 2 1/2 hours away, insh`allah.

Obviously i am not on board. We had so much pressure from many sides throughout the week, that in the end only one boat was allowed to leave, because of this i stepped aside to allow others in to gaza. Derek is on board but will return with the boat at the end of the week and we will once again make plans to head in in the next 10 or so days. So, on board we have 21 human rights workers, media and activists including 2 irish, derek and ( nobel peace prize winner)  Mairead McGuire from Belfast.

Hopefully , my next update will be the safe arrival of the spirit of   humanity , and 2 irish in gaza.

 

I will also fill you in on exactly what has been happening for the last week but at this stage do not want to jeopardise any ones safety by going in to details,

 

In solidarity ,

 

Jenny

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We Do Not Seek a Confrontation News Tuesday, 30 June 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 30 JUNE 2009

 “ALL WE WANT IS TO REACH GAZA. WE DO NOT SEEK A CONFRONTATION.”

Activists aboard Gaza justice boat demand they be allowed to visit their friends & family in besieged Gaza, and deliver their cargo of medical supplies, children’s toys, and reconstruction kits. They invite the world to join them. (At Sea, 60km off the coast of the Gaza Strip) – Human Rights activists aboard the Free Gaza ship, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, today demanded that the Israeli Navy immediately stop threatening them.

 “This aid is desperately needed by the people of Gaza,” said Mairead Maguire, winner of the Noble Peace Prize and Pacem in Terris Award for her work in Northern Ireland. “President Obama has called upon the Palestinians to abandon violence but Israel is denying them the right to non-violently resist the siege of Gaza.

” The unarmed justice ship departed Larnaca Port in Cyprus at 7:30am Monday with its crew of 21 human rights activists, humanitarian workers and journalists from 11 different countries, including Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.

The boat, a converted ferry, hopes to arrive in Gaza Tuesday afternoon, following a grueling 30 hour sea voyage. At 1:30am, Israeli warships surrounded the small civilian boat and threatened to open fire if they did not turn around. When the activists refused to be intimidated, Israeli Occupation Forces began jamming their instrumentation, blocking their GPS, radar, and navigation systems. This jamming was in direct violation of international maritime law, threatening the welfare and safety of the civilian ship.

 Responding to this intimidation, Congresswoman McKinney declared, “I am extremely angry. We demand that the Israeli government call off their attack dogs. We are unarmed civilians aboard an unarmed boat delivering medical and reconstruction aid to other human beings in Gaza. Why in God’s name would Israel want to attack us?

” Huwaida Arraf, Chairperson of the Free Gaza movement and delegation co-coordinator for this voyage, said, “All we want is to reach Gaza. We want to visit our friends and deliver our cargo of medical supplies, children’s toys, and reconstruction materials.

 Our ship was searched and received security clearance from the Port Authorities in Cyprus before we departed.” Arraf continued, “We do not seek a confrontation. We have traveled from Cypriot waters to international waters and will enter Gazan waters. We’ve never gone anywhere near Israel. Israel’s closure of Gaza is an act of collective punishment and a blatant violation of international law. We call upon our governments to take action to uphold their obligations under the Fourth Geneva Conventions. If they won’t or until they do, we will act. We will come to Gaza again and again until this brutal siege is broken.

We invite the good people of the world to join us.” Free Gaza boats are the first international ships in 41 years to sail to the Gaza Strip. Since August 2008, the Free Gaza Movement has organized 8 sea missions, successfully arriving to Gaza on 5 separate occasions.

 One two earlier occasions, Israeli Occupation Forces used violence to stop the ships, physically ramming and almost sinking the DIGNITY boat in December 2008, and threatening to fire on and kill unarmed passengers in January 2008.

The fate of this, the eighth mission to Gaza, is still uncertain.

 ### For more information, please contact: Greta Berlin (English/French) or Caoimhe Butterly (English/Arabic/Spanish) at   00357 99 081 767  / friends@freegaza.org

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 www.FreeGaza.org WHAT YOU CAN DO! CALL or FAX Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy at: Tel  + 972 5 781 86248  or  +972 3737 7777  or  +972 3737 6242  Fax +972 3737 6123 or  +972 3737 7175  CALL Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s office at: Tel  +972 2670 5354  or  +972 5 0620 3264  mark.regev@it.pmo.gov.il This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it CALL Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence at: Tel  +972 3697 5339  or  +972 50629 8148  mediasar@mod.gov.il

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 GPS WORKING AGAIN

 News Tuesday, 30 June 2009 05:04

This is a HELP message.

 We have been contacted by the Israelis but are still fine, don’t worry.

ESN:0-7490415 Latitude:32.3741 Longitude:33.6536

 Nearest Location:not known Distance:not known Time:06/30/2009 06:55:58 (Europe/Nicosia) http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.3741,33.6536&ll=32.3741,33.6536&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

 UPDATE ON THE SPIRIT

 30 June 2009 03:03

Dear Friends,

 We just spoke again with our people aboard the Spirit of Humanity. The Israeli Navy is continuing to try and intimidate the ship, and is actively jamming its radar, GPS, and navigation systems in direct violation of international maritime law. This jamming is extremely dangerous and directly threatens the welfare and safety of everyone aboard our civilian ship. Because their instrumentation is being jammed, they are using compass & paper to attempt to navigate.

They are in international waters & they believe their location is approximately 110km off of the town of Hadera. Everyone is tired but determined. They are not being deterred by the Israeli aggression & are continuing toward Gaza.

Please help them. Please CALL or FAX Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy at: Tel  + 972 5 781 86248  or  +972 3737 7777  or  +972 3737 6242  Fax +972 3737 6123 or  +972 3737 7175 

 CALL Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s office at: Tel  +972 2670 5354  or  +972 5 0620 3264  mark.regev@it.pmo.gov.il

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CALL OFF YOUR ATTACK DOGS  – Cynthia McKinney Tuesday, 30 June 2009 01:15

We just spoke to the passengers. Everyone is OK, but the situation is still very tense. They continue to be surrounded by Israeli warships which are threatening to open fire. The Israeli Navy is actively jamming all navigation systems in violation of international maritime law, endangering the people on board. Former U.S. Congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney, speaking from on board the SPIRIT, stated, “I am extremely angry. We demand that the Israeli government call off their attack dogs. We are unarmed civilians aboard an unarmed boat delivering medical and reconstruction aid to other human beings in Gaza. Why in God’s name would Israel want to attack us and threaten our safety and welfare. I call on President Obama and the international community to intervene now to prevent this situation from escalating with potentially drastic results to the civilians on board.”

 Since the boat’s navigation equipment is being jammed, it has turned westward in order to stay in international waters.The Captain and crew are working from the most ancient of navigation equipment…the compass to stay clear of Israeli waters. Read more…

 URGENT ALERT – Israeli Navy surrounding SPIRIT and threatening to open fire HOPE FLEET Monday, 29 June 2009 23:57

At 1:40 am, the Israeli Navy surrounded the SPIRIT while in international waters off the coast of Israel as it is on its way to the Gaza Strip. We got a call from the boat saying that they were being threatened, told to turn back or they would be fired on. Huwaida Arraf, one of the delegation leaders, was on the phone with the Israeli gunboats, and we could hear her saying, “You Cannot Open Fire on Unarmed Civilians” several times.

 At this writing, they are surrounded by several ships shining bright lights into the SPIRIT.

 CALL or FAX Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy at: Tel  + 972 5 781 86248  or  +972 3737 7777  or  +972 3737 6242  Fax +972 3737 6123 or  +972 3737 7175  CALL Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s office at: Tel  +972 2670 5354  or  +972 5 0620 3264  mark.regev@it.pmo.gov.il This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it CALL Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence at: Tel  +972 3697 5339  or  +972 50629 8148  mediasar@mod.gov.il This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Free Gaza Movement  357 99 081 767  http://www.freegaza.org http://www.flickr.com/photos/29205195@N02/

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