[Copy of July 29 e-mail to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.]
The Government of Canada must insist that hijacking this international humanitarian boat to Gaza (please see below) is unacceptable. Israeli’s illegal and cruel blockade of Gaza and the hijacking of humanitarian aid to the strip is reprehensible. The Government of Canada must insist that this ship (these ships) of hope and succour be allowed to pass unhindered by the Israeli military, and that the illegal blockade of Gaza be lifted immediately. Failure on Israel’s part to do so should result in the immediate suspension of the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.
FYI From the Freedom Flotilla Coalition Website (July 29, 2018) -
The motor vessel Al Awda (The Return), travelling in international waters towards Palestinian waters, 49 nautical miles from the port in Gaza City, has been contacted by the Israeli Occupation Forces navy and warned. The Israeli navy claims our ship is breaking international law ... At last news from on board, Al Awda maintains her course towards Gaza, where the crew and participants hope to arrive this evening around 21:00 local time.
A number of warships have appeared, so an attack, boarding and capture appear to be imminent, and we anticipate that all communications with the vessel will be lost shortly. Al Awda is sailing under a Norwegian flag, carrying 22 people and a cargo of medical supplies, including #Gauze4Gaza. There are people from 16 nations on board, including human rights supporters, journalists and crew, along with €13,000 worth of medical supplies. The boat itself, a former fishing vessel from Norway, is a gift to Palestinian fishers in Gaza.
The Freedom Flotilla Coalition calls on ... the national governments of those aboard Al Awda and the Freedom, other national governments, and relevant international organizations to act immediately.
The international community must assume its responsibilities and demand that Israeli authorities ensure the safety of those on board, the speedy delivery of our gifts to the Palestinian people in Gaza, an end to the illegal blockade of Gaza, and to stop impeding our legal right of innocent passage to Gaza to deliver our gift of much-needed medical supplies.