Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Gaza flotilla: background information and an update.

As many of you may know by now, the US Boat to Gaza - named The Audacity of Hope - has been stopped from sailing by the Greek authorities.
It's doubtful that any of the ship in the second Gaza flotilla will get to leave port and sail to their desired destination.
This youtube clip - -captures so eloquently what all this effort is about.

A second youtube clip consists of an interview with journalist Max blumenthal. The interviewer is Sam Seder, and it's on a program called "The Majority Report"
the interview covers the situation on the ground right now regarding the American boat; Israel's smear campaign against flotilla 2, and other related issues.

And here is an action alert that just came in a little while ago:

ACTION ALERT UPDATE: 8 American members of Freedom Flotilla have been ARRESTED while Hunger Striking in front of US Embassy!
by US BOAT TO GAZA on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 3:14pm
July 3, 2011

The 8 people who were fasting in front of the U.S. Embassy have been arrested. They are Ken Mayers, Carol Murry, Medea Benjamin, Paki Wieland, Ray McGovern, Brad Taylor, Kit Kitteridge and Kathy Kelly.

Let's keep the pressure on Washington. They need to pressure the Greek government to release our captain, our boat and now these 8 people as well! Let them sail to Gaza!!

Here are some other numbers and email addresses to try:
State Department general number: 202-647-4000 - ask for the Overseas U.S. Citizen Services Duty Officer and you'll get a live State Dept. official who has to hear you out.
The voicemail for Kim Richter - also at the State Dept. - says she's out of the office for several days, and that callers with urgent issues should contact a colleague at 202-647-4578.
You can email the U.S. Embassy in Athens at: or you can send an email to them at:
If you can place an international phone call, the number for the U.S. Embassy in Athens is 011-30-210-721-2951.

Please also try to call, fax or email your members of Congress as well.

More information is on our website:

Help us keep the pressure up!!

Update to the update: the 8 activists got released, yet pressure is needed to get the captain released, and to let the boat sail to Gaza.

Racheli Gai.

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Anonymous said...

The first youtube link currently seems to be inoperative.

Clair Hochstetler said...

Yes, the Max Blumenthal interview was definitely worth seeing, but I want to see/hear the first one, as well!