Action: Speak Out Against Israeli Attack on Humanitarian Ships

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From Canadians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East:

Please take 30 seconds to speak out against Israeli killing of international activists taking aid to Gaza

Early on Monday, May 31, the Israeli Navy attacked an aid flotilla of several ships bound for Gaza, killing 19 activists on board. This attack was illegal and immoral, as the ships were in international waters, and the ships carried only civilians and aid for Gaza. Canada must join European countries, immediately condemning the attack, and addressing the issue directly with Israeli PM Netanyahu.

Please click here to send an email to Stephen Harper and other Canadian leaders pressuring them to act immediately on this issue.

Please forward this email to other like-minded friends and acquaintances.

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The Freedom Flotilla was to have been made up of eight ships, from various European countries, including Ireland, Turkey and Greece. The ships were carrying construction materials, as well as medical and educational supplies.

The people on board the ships included members of various world Parliaments, UN staff, human rights and trade union activists, as well as journalists. The Flotilla was the largest contingent of ships that had attempted to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, since Israel began its siege of the occupied Palestinian territory in 2007.

Prior humanitarian efforts to deliver aid to Gaza by ship were met with resistance by the Israeli Navy. While aid boats have been rammed and shot at in the past, this is the first time Israel has acted with such extreme violence.

International leaders have reacted strongly to the attack. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was “shocked” by the attack. Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair talked of “deep regret and shock” at the deaths. Turkey recalled its ambassador from Israel. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said he “deplores the loss of life” and called for limits on aid for Gaza to be lifted.

While news is still breaking, initial reports indicated that 19 activists had been killed, and 36 had been wounded.

Please forward this email to other like-minded friends and acquaintances.

Warmest regards,

The CJPME Leadership

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