ISRAEL ATTACKS A SHIP WITH HUMANITARIAN AID WITH CITIZENTS ON BOARD

Today, at 5 this morning, the israeli navy attacked the ship “Dignity”, that was sailing to Gaza, for one more shipment (the fifth since last August) of the Free Gaza Movement. On board there were about 4 tonns of medicine that were gathered by the cypriot public, as well as doctors and volunteers in order to defend human rights.

The attack took place at international waters, about 90 miles far from the israeli and Gaza waters. “Dignity” was surrounded from 6 israeli war ships who started firing on the sea and the air with real ammunition. One of the israeli ship attacked “Dignity” with its ram bow creating damage to it. Breaching every law of International Law and Sea Law, the israeli blocked “Dignity” from approaching Gaza or to find a safe shelter at Egypr or Lebanon. They demand that the ship must return to Cyprus, nommater the fact that it does not have enough fuel to return and must refill.

Everyone must condemn this attack, this unprovoced piracy. The greek government should react and demand from Israel to stop piracy. We call the greek public and anyone else to demonstrate against the genocity in Gaza. Thankfully, noone from the ones on board got injured. They are 15 citizents from 11 different countries. Their names are:

(UK) Denis Healey, Captain
Captain of the Dignity, Denis has been involved with boats for 45 years, beginning with small fishing boats in Portsmouth. He learned to sail while atschool and has been part of the sea ever since. He’s a certified yachtmaster and has also worked on heavy marine equipment from yachts to large dredgers. This is his fourth trip to Gaza.

(Greece) Nikolas Bolos, First Mate
Nikolas is a chemical engineer and human rights activist. He has served as a crewmember on several Free Gaza voyages, including the first one in August.

(Jordan) Othman Abu Falah
Othman is a senior producer with Al-Jazeera Television. He will remain in Gaza to report on the ongoing military onslaught.

(Australia) Renee Bowyer
Renee is a schoolteacher and human rights activist. She will remain in Gaza to do human rights monitoring and reporting.

(Ireland) Caoimhe Butterly
Caoimhe is a reknowned human rights activist and Gaza Coordinator for the Free Gaza Movement. She will be remaining in Gaza to do human rights monitoring, assist with relief efforts, and work on project development with Free Gaza.

(Cyprus) Ekaterini Christodulou
Ekaterini is a well-known and respected freelance journalist in Cyprus. She is traveling to Gaza to report on the conflict.

(Sudan) Sami El-Haj
Sami is a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay, and head of the human rights section at Al-Jazeera Television. He will remain in Gaza to report on the ongoing military onslaught.

(UK) Dr. David Halpin
Dr. Halpin is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, medical professor, and ship’s captain. He has organized humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza on several occasions with the Dove and Dolphin. He is traveling to Gaza to volunteer in hospitals and clinics.

(Germany) Dr. Mohamed Issa
Dr. Issa is a pediatric surgeon from Germany. He is traveling to Gaza to volunteer in hospitals and clinics.

(UK/Tunisia) Fathi Jaouadi
Fathi is a television producer and human rights activist. He will remain in Gaza to do human rights monitoring and reporting.

(USA) Cynthia McKinney
Cynthia is a former U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia, and the 2008 Green Party presidential candidate. She is traveling to Gaza to assess the ongoing conflict.

(Cyprus) Martha Paisi
Martha is a senior research fellow and experienced human rights activist. She is traveling to Gaza to do human rights work and to assist with humanitarian relief efforts.

(UK) Karl Penhaul
Karl Penhaul is a video correspondent for CNN, based out of Bogotá, Colombia. Appointed to this position in February 2004, he covers breaking news around the world utilizing CNN’s new laptop-based ‘Digital Newsgathering’ system. He is traveling to Gaza to report on the ongoing conflict.

(Iraq) Thaer Shaker
Thaer is a cameraman with Al-Jazeera television. He will remain in Gaza to report on the ongoing military onslaught.

(Cyprus) Dr. Elena Theoharous, MP
Dr. Theoharous is a surgeon and a Member of the Cypriot Parliament. She is traveling to Gaza to assess the ongoing conflict, assist with humanitarian relief efforts, and volunteer in hospitals.

The only update I have is that the ship managed to get away from the israeli war ships and that is now approaching Lebanon.

You can also read a report here:
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/mi…013463603.html

Eddited to add that I also found this from the Free Gaza Movement website

http://www.freegaza.org/index.php?mo…9fdee3&offset=

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