We condemn the Israeli military attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters last evening. Al Jazeera's mostly recent report says 19 international solidarity activists were killed, and dozens injured on 6 ships attempting to deliver humanitarian aid, and to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. There were 700 activists in the six ship flotilla, with many journalists and Arab and European members of parliaments on board. All were unarmed, part of a non-violent effort to awaken world public opinion to the desperate state of the people of Gaza.
Find reports at witnessGaza.com. Adam Shapiro of the Free Gaza Movement, speaking at 3:30 am EST, told Democracy Now from New York what he had learned. The FGM supporters reported live to Adam during the attack that the IDF forces came about the ship firing. CNN and the Israeli government are reporting that activists came after the heavily armed IDF commandos with "axes."
Our friend, and advisor to War Criminals Watch, Ann Wright, had been on the largest ship attacked, but moved to another ship in the flotilla before 1,000 Israeli commandos boarded the ships, and began shooting, according to news sources. The AP reports that 9 were killed in the IDF's "botched raid" and that Israel had taken all 700 activists -- presumbly including the injured -- into custody, jailing some and preparing to deport others from Beersheba.
The attack has already brought protests and condemnation in Turkey and across the globe. The world condemns the killing of unarmed peace activists, and knows that the number one supporter, financially and politically, of Israel, is the United States.
World Can't Wait calls on you to join protests wherever you are!
PROTESTS TODAY MONDAY May 31
New York City AT 3:00 pm
Times Square 47th & 7th Avenue
Meet World Can't Wait contingent behind the bright ORANGE banner
Washington, D.C. at 3:00pm
3514 International Dr. NW
(near Van Ness and Reno Rd.)
Los Angeles at 4:30pm
6380 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
(Between Crescent Heights and San Vicente)
Boston, Mass. at 4pm
Park St. T Station
San Francisco at 12pm:
456 Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94104
and San Francisco at 1pm:
Powell and Market
Miami at 5pm
100 N. Biscayne Blvd.
New Haven, CT at 3pm
141 Church St.
Austin, TX at 3pm
6th St and Lamar near the Whole Foods
TUESDAY June 1 5:00 pm
Israeli MIssion to UN @ 42nd & 2nd Avenue
TUESDAY June 1 7:00 pm
Revolution Books presents journalist/author Chris Hedges responding to the attack.
146 West 26th Street NYC
212 691 3345
TUESDAY, June 1, at 4:30 p.m.
Israeli Consulate at 111 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago
(just east of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive)
TUESDAY, June 1, 2010 at 4pm
Israeli Consulate, 19th & JFK, Philadelphia 19103
TUESDAY June 1 at 8pm
Candle light vigil at the capitol building, Austin