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ACTION ALERT - Emergency on the Audacity of Hope!
16 Jul 2011
ACTION ALERT - Call 202-647-4000 Emergency on the Audacity of Hope!

Time
Today at 11:30pm - July 30 at 11:30pm

Action Alert, July 16th

Call 202-647-4000 State Dept Emergency Operations Center about Conditions on Audacity of Hope!
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ACTION ALERT - Call 202-647-4000 Emergency on the Audacity of Hope!

Time
Today at 11:30pm - July 30 at 11:30pm

Action Alert, July 16th

Call 202-647-4000 State Dept Emergency Operations Center about Conditions on Audacity of Hope!

Contact:
...Ann Wright, 0030 694 165 7310
Regina Carey, 0030 694 203 6296
Jenny Linnell, 0030 694 224 6648

Athens, July 16, 2011, Day 16 of the imprisonment of the US Boat to Gaza, the Audacity of Hope, at a US Embassy shared pier near Piraeus, Greece, just outside of Athens.

The US Embassy has done absolutely nothing to help us in 100 + degree heat at a US Government shared pier! No shore power, no alternatives provided (like another pier)

No consular visits to see the conditions for themselves.

NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !!!!!


NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !!!!!

This weekend, please call the State Department now 202-647-4000 and ask for the 24 hour Emergency Operations Center.

Tell them that 3 persons are still enduring the inhumane, dangerous conditions on the boat.

All are women--2 Americans and 1 UK citizen. They are:

Regina Carey (http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/07/06/18683952​.php) from San Rafael, California, is a consultant specializing in strategic planning and planned giving. In her lifetime commitment to human rights she has focused her time and energy to the Rights of the Indigenous (original people), Water Rights and Peace. She is a co-founder of the Black/Jewish Dialogue Group in Marin County, California. She has been an active participant in the World Social Forum and the UN Conference Against Racism (Durban, South Africa).

Crew member Jenny Linnell, is a British citizen from Devon, England, and was a Free Gaza crew member in 2008 on the first boat that broke the naval blockade of Gaza. She stayed in Gaza for a year and worked with the International Solidarity Movement. Her exit from Gaza into Egypt a year later took over 6 weeks because she had arrived by boat. She holds a “Day Skipper” license from the Royal Yachting Association and founded a sailing collective called “Learning the Ropes.”

Ann Wright is a former US diplomat with 16 years in the State Department and Deputy Chief of Mission (Deputy Ambassador) at 4 US Embassies (Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia) and who got the State Department's award for Heroism for her actions protecting civilians during the civil war in Sierra Leone. She resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to Bush’s war on Iraq.


Just in (7pm Athens time) from Jane Hirschman who spoke with the State Department Operations Center:

“Just spoke to Pamela Bentley. She said of course she knows about this and the State Dept. is reaching out to those on the boat. I asked what was her evidence of that? She put me on hold and said I will try to get someone to speak to you about this. She put me through to Drew Haldane, duty officer of Overseas Citizen Services. He said that the State Dept. is closely watching, and aware of the situation but this is the weekend and he is at home. I said I'm sure you are comfortable in your well lit, air conditioned home. However, for 16 days our people have lived under torturous conditions.

He said if someone needs medical attention because of these conditions, he is sure those on the naval base will help them. I said, "so someone has to have a heart attack or heat stroke before there will be any assistance?" He said it's the weekend and he wouldn't be able to do anything until Monday. I questioned why then did they have an emergency operations center? Does it only operate on week days?
Then he said he would try and reach a person who could help. He took my name and number and said someone will get back to me today. We will see and I will follow up later in the day.”


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Contact person says - [July 16 about 8:00 pm EDT]
There are two Americans aboard the Audacity of Hope, including a former US ambassador, Ann Wright. They have been captive at a US shared pier for 16 days now, in 100 degree weather. All they were attempting to do in the first place was deliver letters of support to the people of Gaza from Americans. The blockade of Gaza is not about I...srael’s security and you damn well know it! It is all about collectively punishing them for electing Hamas. Well, little babies dying there did not vote! The people aboard that stranded ship are still US citizens, whether you agree with their political views or not. Your first obligation, legally and morally is to them, not Greece and definitely not to Israel! DO SOMETHING to help them!

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Gaza-bound ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists sets sail from Greece
16 Jul 2011
Gaza-bound ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists sets sail from Greece
Ten activists head to Gaza aboard the French Dignite-Al Karama ship, regarding themselves as representatives of the entire abortive flotilla.
By Amira Hass [Haaretz]

SOMEWHERE IN THE EAST MEDITERRANEAN – On Saturday evening a Gaza-bound boat left Greek territorial waters. Its 10 participants regard themselves as representatives of the entire abortive flotilla to Gaza, and are determined to exhaust all possibilities in order to reach their destination, or at least carry out the symbolic act of protesting the blockade. They are well aware of the Lilliputian dimensions of their venture, compared with the massive impact organizers had initially planned to have with the 10-odd vessel flotilla.

Dignite-Al Karama, one of two yachts purchased by the French delegation in the second Freedom Flotilla, left a port in Corsica on June 25. Thus, it was spared the fate of eight other boats which were supposed to sail out of Greek ports, but were impounded by Greek authorities.

Last Wednesday Karama left the port of Sitia in Crete, where it had been anchored for a week, awaiting the other boats in vain. Once it was clear that Greece, under strong Israeli pressure, would not allow those boats to sail, its remaining passengers ¬ three French nationals and one Tunisian ¬ were joined by three representatives of other delegations, a Greek, Swede and a Canadian, and by three more French activists who arrived from France. Also on board are three crew members and three journalists from Al Jazeera and Haaretz.

The decision to carry on the mission of sailing to Gaza was not automatically welcomed by other delegations or by the steering committee of the flotilla. Some preferred to officially end the current campaign. Karama's participants spent long hours negotiating and convincing the others.

On Thursday evening Karama reached the eastern Greek Island of Kastellorizo in order to fuel and meet the additional delegates from France. Kastellorizo's history is connected to Gaza: During World War II, after having been occupied by the British army and fearing German attacks, some of the inhabitants fled to Gaza and remained in Palestine for a couple of years. This made the inhabitants of the island and its small port city especially hospitable to the small boat and its mission.

Three of those on board already sailed towards Gaza in last years' flotilla. One of them, Greek sociologist Vangelis Pissias, claims that while in detention in Ashdod last year he was severely beaten by Israeli security forces. Also on board for the second time is Dror Feiler, the Israel-born Swedish national, who is chairperson of 'European Jews for a Just Peace."

Claude L'Eostic, a French flotilla organizer and a veteran activist for Palestinian causes, said that even the sailing of one tiny yacht was the best way to expose the Israeli policy of blockading Gaza, and its illegality.





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