January 10, 2009

Israel Attacks International Mercy Ship Dignity

The Dignity, a Free Gaza boat on a mission of
mercy to besieged Gaza, is being attacked by the
Israeli Navy in international waters. The Dignity
has been surrounded by at least half-a-dozen
Israeli warships. They are firing live ammunition
around the Dignity, and one of the warships has
rammed the civilian craft causing an unknown
amount of damage. Contrary to international
maritime law, the Israelis are actively
preventing the Dignity from approaching Gaza or
finding safe haven in either Egypt or Lebanon.
Instead, the Israeli navy is demanding that the
Dignity return to Cyprus - despite the fact that
the ship does not carry enough fuel to do so.
Fortunately, no one aboard the ship has yet been seriously injured.

There are 15 civilian passengers representing 11
different countries. At approximately 5am (UST), well out in
international waters, Israeli warships began
surrounding the Dignity, threatening the ship. At
6:45am (UST) we were able to establish brief
contact with the crew and were told that the ship
had been rammed by the Israeli Navy in
international waters, and that the Israelis were
preventing the ship from finding safe harbor. We
heard heavy gunfire in the background before all
contact was lost with the Dignity.

It is urgent that you TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION!

CALL the Israeli Government and demand that it
immediately STOP attacking the Dignity and
endangering the lives of its passengers!

CALL Mark Regev in the Prime Minister's office at:
+972 2670 5354 or +972 5062 3264

CALL Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence at:
+972 33697 5339 or +972 50629 8148

Call Major Liebowitz, spokesperson for the Israeli military
+972 578 186 248

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