Thursday, July 2, 2009
An Chéadaoin 1ú lá na Iúil, Sinn Féin Átha Cliath rallied along side the Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign at the GPO i lár na gcathair.
Reports came in to IPSC that the Free Gaza boat 'Spirit of Humanity' had been boarded by the Israeli Navy, and that all passengers and crew have been arrested, and that the supplies they were bringing (medicine, toys, olive trees and cement) had been confiscated.
Among those kidnapped are two Irish citizens - Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and the ship's first mate Derek Graham (a member of the IPSC). Also kidnapped is former US Congressperson Cynthia McKinney.
The team were kidnapped in international waters while trying to enter Gaza. There has been a lot of media coverage in the recent past about Somali Pirates - well this is an act of Israeli State Piracy, an attack on an unarmed boat of human rights advocates and the capture of urgently needed supplies.
We encourage all Republicans to keep up to date with the work of the IPSC by logging on to their website www.ipsc.ie