We were in international waters on a boat delivering humanitarian aid to people in Gaza when the Israeli Navy ships surrounded us and illegally threatened us, dismantled our navigation equipment, boarded and confiscated the ship.And the dirty wee bastards have taken Mairead away in handcuffs and her whereabouts is unknown. All Irish people should phone the Irish embassy in Dublin and in Isra-Hell and demand they return her to her comrades at once.
All of us on board were then taken off the ship and into custody, and brought into Israel and imprisoned. Immigration officials in Israel said they did not want to keep us, but we remain imprisoned. State Department and White House officials have not effected our release or taken a strong public stance to condemn the illegal actions of the Israeli Navy of enforcing a blockade of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians of Gaza, a blockade that has been condemned by President Obama. read it all HERE
Gaza aid activists held by IsraelCowardly Israeli Terrorists need sorting out. Tiocfaidh Ar La
A group of peace activists including four Britons are being held in "appalling" conditions in an Israeli prison after seizure of their boat carrying aid to Gaza, their supporters have claimed.
The 21 campaigners, including Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire from Northern Ireland, are being held at Givon jail in Ramla, Israel, according to the Free Gaza Movement.
In a brief email, one of the group said: "Conditions at the prison are appalling, 14-20 to a cell measuring 7m by 7m. Mairead forcibly removed in handcuffs and status unknown."
Eight British and Irish activists were among those detained by the Israeli authorities on board the boat Spirit of Humanity as they tried to transport humanitarian supplies to Gaza.
They have been named as: Ishmahil Blagrove, a Jamaican-born journalist based in the UK; the boat's captain, Denis Healey, who is from the UK; British journalist Fathi Jaouadi; British activist Alex Harrison; Theresa McDermott, from Scotland; Adnan Mormech, from Rusholme, Manchester; Derek Graham, an Irish electrician; and Ms Maguire. link