Israel’s Blockade has reached the shores of Europe
We Will Not Let Israel Control Gaza or International Water
The Canadian Boat to Gaza, ‘The Tahrir’, is being prevented by Greek authorities from leaving its port in Greece. The US Boat to Gaza, ‘The Audacity of Hope’, set sail for Gaza today from a port in Greece but was quickly stopped and boarded by the Greek Navy authorities
Please e-mail your MP and the Greek embassy and consulates. Sample letters appear below, please personalize them or take a few paragraphs from the sample letter that you find particularly effective. When writing to MPs or others for such action, the subject line is of the utmost importance.
Letter to Canadian MPs
Dear [NAME of MP in your riding]:
I am writing to you as a concerned Canadian about the alarming news that vessels bound for the Gaza Strip are being prevented from leaving Greek ports, despite their compliance with all legal expectations. One of those vessels is the Canadian ship, the Tahrir, with Canadian passengers on board. The Tahrir is part of the Fredom Flotilla 2 – Stay Human.
The Freedom Flotilla is an international initiative with the goal of challenging the illegal blockade of Gaza, and bringing humanitarian aid to the civilian population of Gaza in the spirit of the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1860 (2009). The Canadian boat is carrying much needed medical supplies. All delegates on the Freedom Flotilla, including the Canadian Boat, the Tahrir, are committed to peaceful and non-violent action. The Flotilla and the Tahrir are not breaking the law but are actively upholding international law.
I am concerned at the lack of port security in Greece that allowed the sabotage of two vessels – one Irish and the other Swedish-Greek-Norwegian – with potentially serious consequences for the passengers of those vessels. But I am outraged that the Tahrir is being prevented from leaving the Greek port while all legal documents are in order for it to sail.
I am concerned that the Canadian government is giving in to pressures from the Israeli government in preventing the Flotilla from sailing to Gaza by referring to this action as “provocative”. By doing so, the Canadian government is implying that the Israeli government is acting within its right when imposing an inhumane siege on 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza and seeking to control international waters.
As the MP of my riding I urge you to speak out in Parliament for the legitimate right of those Canadians on the Flotilla to express their solidarity with fellow Palestinians in Gaza, as well as
· to demand the Government to uphold its responsibility for the safety of all Canadians including those on the flotilla;
· to demand the Greek government immediately release the Tahrir and implement all necessary measures for the safety of the Canadian ship and its passengers while in Greek waters;
· to demand the Israeli government to abide to international law by removing the illegal blockade of Gaza and allow safe docking of a Canadian ship to a port in Gaza
I look forward to hearing from you what actions you have taken on the above.
LETTER TO GREEK OFFICIALS IN CANADA AND IN GREECE
Sample letter addressed to Greek authorities (consular and government)
[See e-mail and snail mail addresses below]
I am writing to you as a concerned Canadian citizen who has just learned that the Canadian Boat to Gaza, The Tahrir, is being prevented from leaving its port in Greece. This boat carries passengers from Canada, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Russia and Israel, and is part of the Fredom Flotilla 2 – Stay Human.
The Freedom Flotilla is an international initiative with the goal of ending the illegal blockade of Gaza and to bring humanitarian aid to the civilian population of Gaza in the spirit of the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1860 (2009). The Tahrir is carrying much needed medical supplies to the people of Gaza.
All participants in the Freedom Flotilla are committed to peaceful and non-violent action. Its intention is to break the illegal blockade of Gaza by Israel. Its intention is not to break the law but to uphold international law.
While your country has been very welcoming by allowing the Flotilla to use various Greek ports, I am appalled that the ships have not been permitted to set sail in spite of the fact that they meet all the legal requirements to sail. I am also appalled at the lack of port security that allowed the sabotage of two vessels – one Irish and the other Swedish-Greek-Norwegian – with potentially serious consequences for the passengers of those vessels.
The various administrative steps taken by your government, including unnecessarily meticulous inspections, and the most recent detention of the Tahrir are preventing the departure of the Flotilla.
It is my understanding that the Tahrir has no legal or other impediment to leave port.
I would regard any actions by your government trying to block any vessels in the flotilla from leaving a Greek port and/or reaching the Gaza Strip as an overt collaboration with the illegal blockade imposed by Israel.
The Greek government can play a profound role in protecting human rights and international law. I expect the Greek government to NOT give in to pressures from the Israeli government or any other government, to allow the flotilla to sail and to take all necessary measures to assure the safety of all ships and passengers until they are in international waters.
I urge the Greek government to immediately allow the Tahrir and all other ships in the Freedom Flotilla to set sail.
[your contact information]
Contact information for Greek Embassy and Consulates
76- 80 Maclaren Street Ottawa Ontario Canada K2P OK6
Phone: +1-613-2386271 +1-613-2386273
Greece Consulate , MONTREAL
1170 Place Du Frere Andre, Suite 300 Montreal Quebec H3B 3C6
Phone: +1-514-8759902 +1-514-8752119
Greek Consulate , TORONTO
365 Bloor Street East, Suite 1800
Toronto Canada M4W 3L4
Phone: +1-416-5150133 +1-416-5150134
Greece Consulate , VANCOUVER
500-688 West Hastings Street Vancouver Canada V6B 1P1
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EVENTS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE FLOTILLA:
1. July 2, Saturday, 4:00 PM
At the entrance of the Montreal Jazz Festival
(Bleury / Président Kennedy).
We will rally to show solidarity with the Canada Boat, the Tahrir, we will have banners and distribute material. We will call on the Greek government to the Flotilla sail.2. July 4, Monday. 11h30 AM
in front of the Greek Consulate (1002 Sherbrooke W.).
We will deliver letters to the Greek Consulate, demanding they let the Tahrir sail.
1. July 2, Saturday, 12:00 noon
Vigil at the Greek Embassy, 76-80 McLaren Street (near Cartier)
2. July 3, Sunday, 1:00-3:00 PM
at the Human Rights Monument (Elgin St./Lisgar St) Ottawa
Symbolic launch, all welcome
July 2, Saturday, 3pm
Location: Greek Consulate, 365 Bloor Street East
July 2, Saturday, 2:00-4:00 PM
In front of CBC headquarters at corner of Georgia & Hamilto
Sunday, July 3, 2:00pm
Beside the Tourist Information Centre, Wharf at Government St., Inner Harbour Rally
July 2, Saturday, 11:00 AM – noon
Corner of Ottawa and Monmouth (across from Market Square)
Windsor Peace Coalition
July 2, Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
Corner of River Avenue and Osborne Street in Winnipeg.