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Israels Blockade hat die europäischen Küsten erreicht.
Wir werden es nicht zulassen, dass Israel Gaza oder internationale Gewässer kontrolliert

'Call to Action' vom kanadischen Boot, 02.07.2011

Das kanadische Boot nach Gaza, die ' Tahrir', wird von griechischen Behörden daran gehindert, ihren Hafen in Griechenland zu verlassen. Das amerikanische Boot nach Gaza , die "Audacitiy of Hope", ist heute von einem griechischen Haufen ausgelaufen, wurde aber kurz danach gestoppt und von griechischen Marine Behörden geentert.

Es ist dringend erforderlich, dass wir uns mobilisieren, um sicherzustellen, dass der Tahrir und dann dem Rest der Flottille gestattet wird zu fahren. Die Flottille und die Menschen in Gaza brauchen uns, um die Boote frei zu bekommen. Die Boote haben ihre Inspektionen durchlaufen. Es gibt keinen legalen Grund, dass Griechenland die Boote stoppt.

Wir rufen unsere Unterstützer auf, öffentliche Kundgebungen abzuhalten und Kontakt zu griechischen, israelischen und kanadischen Regierungsvertretern aufzunehmen. Wir drängen darauf, dass Griechenland nicht Komplize der illegalen Handlungen Israels wird. 

Inhalt unserer Botschaften

  • Die griechische Regierung muss wissen, dass die öffentliche Weltmeinung nicht will, dass sie dem israelischen Druck nachgibt. Wir wollen nicht, dass Griechenland sich darauf versteift. Lasst die griechische Regierung wissen, dass sie eine wichtige Rolle zum Schutz der Menschenrechte und des Völkerrechts spielen kann. Teilt ihr mit, dass sie die Tahrir auf unsere Mission gehen lassen muss, die illegale Blockade von Gaza zu brechen ...
  • Die israelische Regierung muss wissen, dass wir wissen, was sie tut und dass wir dazu nicht schweigen werden. Sie hat - über ihre Helfershelfer-Regierungen wie die kanadische - gegen Griechenland wirtschaftlichen Druck ausgeübt . Sie hat zu Sabotage-Akten ermutigt, die durchaus zum Tod gewaltfreier Menschenrechstverteidier im interntionalen Gewässer hätten führen können. Und sie hat angedroht, die Flottille mit Gewalt in internationalen Gewässern aufzubringen. .....
  • Die kanadische Regierung muss wissen dass sie Komplize bei der Zwangsausübung ist. Und dass sie gemäß internationaler Konvention Verantwortung trägt, kanadsche Staatssbürger auf der Flottille zu schützen. Dies Scheiben wird auch ein Bemerkung des Abscheus enthalten, dass die kanadische Regierung gegenüber dem Druck der israelischen Regierung einknickt. . ...

(Die Briefbeispiel entsprechen denen die bei uns bereits verteilt wurden. Sie können individuell abgewandelt werden. )

Aktionen

  • Öffentliche Kundgebungen, Mahnwachen etc. Wir hoffen, dass bereits am Samstag solche Aktionen durchgeführt werden. Tut bitte was ihr könnt und wann es euch möglich ist. Wir müssen groß damit rauskommen. Wir müssen sichtbar sein.
  • Schreiben an unsere kanadischen Abgeordneten ...
  • Kontaktaufnahme zu griechischen Vertretern: griechische Regierungsvertreter müssen gefragt werden, ob die griechische Regierung eine politische Entscheidung in Reaktion auf den Druck der israelischen und anderer Regierungen getroffen hat. Wir fordern sie auf, nicht Komplizen der massiven Menschenrechtsverletzungen durch Israel gegenüber den Menschen in Gaza zu sein. Wir müssen sie auffordern die Menschenrechte zu verteidigen und nicht dem Druck Israels und anderer Regierungen nachzugeben, -- die mit den Leben und den Lebensumständen von Griechen und Palästinensern spielen.

Vollständiger englischer Originaltext: 

Israel’s Blockade has reached the shores of Europe.
We Will Not Let Israel Control Gaza or International Water

Call to Action by Canadian boat, 02.07.0211 

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

It is imperative that we mobilize in order to ensure that The Tahrir, and then the rest of the Flotilla, is allowed to sail. The Flotilla and the people of Gaza need us to get the boats free. The boats have past their inspections. There is no legal reason for Greece to stop the boats.

We are calling on supporters to hold public demonstrations and to contact Greek, Israeli and Canadian government representatives. We urge that Greece not become complicit in the illegal actions of Israel.

Here are some of the things that you can do to help:

The content of our messages

  • The Greek government needs to know that world public opinion does not want them to succumb to Israel’s coercion. We don’t want to make Greece ‘dig in its heels’. Tell the Greek government that they can play a profound role in protecting human rights and international law. Tell them they must let the Tahrir go on our mission to break the illegal blockade of Gaza. Below is contact information for Greek Officials in Canada and a template letter to send to Greek Officials in Canada and Greece
  • The Israeli government needs to know that we know what they are doing and we won’t be silent. They have used economic threats – through their lackey governments, like Canada -- against Greece. They have motivated sabotage that could well have caused the deaths of nonviolent human rights defenders in international waters. And they have threatened violent military interception of the flotilla in international waters.
  • The Canadian Government needs to know that they are complicit in the coercion. And that they have a responsibility by international convention, to protect the Canadians on the Flotilla. Included in the letter is a note of disgust that Canadian government is falling to pressure by the Israeli government. Below, there is a template letter to Canadian MPs and a link for their contact information.

Actions

  • Public rallies, vigils, etc: We hope for Saturday actions. But please, do whatever and wherever you are able. We need this to be big. We need to be visible.
  • Letter to our Canadian MPs: We have a letter template for you to use to send to MPs reminding them that the Canadian government has obligations under the Geneva Convention.
  • Contacting Greek officials: Greek government officials are to be asked to clarify whether a political decision has been made by the Greek government in response to Israeli and other governments’ pressure. We will ask that they not be complicit in the massive human rights violations by Israel against the people of Gaza. We will ask them to defend human rights and not fall to the pressure of Israel and other governments – who are playing with the lives and livelihoods of Greeks and Palestinians.

We have a template letter to use and contact information for Greek officials in Canada and in Greece. Contact details below for Greek Consulates and Embassy in Canada

Further information

All quotes are referenced to Amira Hass
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/gaza-bound-a-mystery-worthy-of-henning-mankell-1.369938

The Canadian Boat to Gaza, The Tahrir - meaning liberation, is one of the lead boats of the Flotilla. The Greek Government has stopped the Tahrir from sailing. It is imperative we get the boat free so it can sail to help to free Gaza.

We understand the immense pressure that the Greek Government is getting.

“The fact that officials in Israel were able to report the prevention of the departure of six ships anchored in Greece, even before the organizers of the flotilla knew about it, shows Israel's involvement.” Prof Vangelis Pissias, a member of the flotilla's steering committee said the Greek government is under pressure not only from the Israeli government but by other governments as well.” Given the “FLOTILLA WARNING 2011” that was on the government of Canada’s website’s page for Canada’s Embassy to Greece, and its unwavering - support at any cost – mentality to Israel, we can assume Canadian government complicity in this. We must call on the Canadian Government to remind Greece of maritime conventions.

Prof Pissias affirms that the popular pressure that is being applied is making it hard for Greece to give in to Israel. WE MUST BUILD THE PRESSURE.

Despite this week's General Strike by the people of Greece against the austerity measures “the port workers' union announced that in solidarity with the flotilla to Gaza, the stevedores who would be loading the flotilla vessels had been exempted from the strike … and in Athens, where daily protests are being held against Greek government policies, the protesters have voted to support the flotilla”.

It is illegal for the Greek Government to prohibit the sailing of the ships. They have passed inspection and Greece has no right to hold foreign ships from sailing.

Template Letters and Contact Information

Letter to Canadian MPs

[Address]

[Date]

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.

Sincerely,
[Name]
[Contact information]

Link to MP contact information

http://www.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/MainMPsCompleteList.aspx

Letter to Greek Officials in Canada and in Greece / Sample letter addressed to Greek authorities (consular and government)

[Address]

[Date]

Dear Sir/Madam:

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.

Sincerely,
[Your contact information]

Contact information for Greek Embassy and Consulates

Greek Embassy, OTTAWA http://www.greekembassy.ca/
76- 80 Maclaren Street Ottawa Ontario Canada K2P OK6
Phone: +1-613-2386271 +1-613-2386273
Fax: +1-613-2385676
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Greece Consulate , MONTREAL
1170 Place Du Frere Andre, Suite 300 Montreal Quebec H3B 3C6
Phone: +1-514-8759902 +1-514-8752119
Fax: +1-514-8758781
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Greek Consulate , TORONTO
365 Bloor Street East, Suite 1800
Toronto Canada M4W 3L4
Phone: +1-416-5150133 +1-416-5150134
Fax: +1-416-5150209
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Greece Consulate , VANCOUVER
500-688 West Hastings Street Vancouver Canada V6B 1P1
Phone:+1-604-6811381 +1-604-6841366
Fax: +1-604-6816656
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Contact Info for Greek Officials in Greece

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