Shannonwatch Supports Demonstrations against Israeli Attack on Freedom Flotilla

Shannonwatch condemns the brutal attack by the Israeli Defence Forces on the six humanitarian aid ships in the 'Freedom Flotilla' to Gaza, and the murder of between 9 and 20 civilians on board one of the ships. This was a gross violation of international law, and it should be investigated fully and independently with those responsible held accountable.

The ships were on their way to deliver humanitarian aid, including construction material, school supplies and medicines, to Gaza where 1.5 million Palestinians are forced to live in appalling conditions by the Israeli government. The attack took place in international waters, with activists taken by force to Israeli prisons. Many but not all of these have been released. Shannonwatch calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all those still detained by Israel.

"We salute the brave and principled activists from Ireland and from all over the world who took part in the aid flotilla" said a Shannonwatch spokesperson. "Some of the people on the lead ship, the Mavi Marmara, paid the ultimate price and our thoughts must be with their families and friends at this time. We also supports the crew and passengers of the MV Rachel Corrie as they seek to bring the remaining aid to Gaza. The oppressive and unjustified blockade that continues to deny the people of Gaza their basic human rights must be broken."

"Now more than ever Ireland needs to take action to defend human rights and to end the flagrant disregard for international law shown by Israel. The Irish government claim to have a special relationship with the United States of America which provides military aid as well as immunity from U.N. sanction for Israel. They must use this in whatever way they can to ensure that Israel cannot continue to commit crimes against humanity."

Shannonwatch urges everyone to support the demonstrations being held on Saturday June 5th to protest against the Flotilla murders and to demand an end to the oppression and siege of Gaza.

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