Seattle protests Israel’s attack on humanitarian convoy
Local residents will stand in vigil today to protest illegal actions taken by Israel last night.
In an international act of piracy and murder in international waters, the Israeli navy intercepted, boarded, and opened fire on humanitarian activists on a flotilla of ships attempting to deliver humanitarian supplies to the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian Gaza Strip. Activists are reported to have waved white flags.
Many Seattle residents have friends and colleagues aboard the flotilla.
According to news reports, Israeli commandos killed as many as 19 humanitarian activists on board one ship, and have abducted all 700 passengers on board the six boats composing the flotilla who are in the process of being sent against their will to Israel for arrest and/or deportation.
In July 2008, the United States signed a contract worth $1.9 billion to transfer the latest-generation of naval combat vessels to Israel at U.S. taxpayer expense. Currently, Congress is in the process of appropriating a record $3.2 billion in military aid to Israel this budget year.
Seattle residents will stand in vigil at 1:00 PM today just outside of Folklife at Seattle Center near the corner of 5th and Broad. The vigil is organized by local groups including Palestine Solidarity Committee, Voices of Palestine and the Save Gaza Campaign.
For more information, contact Amin Odeh 206 605 8448 or Ed Mast 206 633-1086.