Monday, May 31, 2010

Gaza Freedom Flotilla Massacre - London Demo (Jeremy Corbyn, Craig Murray)

Stop the War Press Release: Israeli terror on the high seas

Source: Stop the War Coalition

Monday 31 May 2010

The killing of at least 10 people and the injuring of many more on board the flotilla taking aid to Gaza is the latest in a series of crimes which should see Israel condemned under international law. The 600 protesters were on a peaceful mission and unarmed.

Israel has repeatedly flouted law and public opinion worldwide in its treatment of the Palestinians. Its bombing of Gaza in 2009 and its continued blockade has caused outrage round the world. The flotilla was an attempt to bring aid to the blockaded population of Gaza. It was supported by many organisations and individuals internationally.

The decision by Israel to attack the flotilla with such loss of human life shows its arrogant and deadly intent in opposing any aid to the Palestinians.

The British and EU governments should immediately condemn this act of terror and break all links with Israel.

The Stop the War Coalition will be joining other organisations at 2pm today to demonstrate outside Downing Street.

Emergency Demonstration
Demand British government breaks links with Israel
Protest today Monday 31 May 2.00PM
Downing Street London

Jeremy Corbyn Letter to the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Source: Stop the War Coalition

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Rt Hon William Hague MP
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
By email to

May 31st 2010

Dear William,

I am writing this urgently to express my shock and outrage at Israel’s behavior in attacking, boarding and killing people who are on the humanitarian flotilla to Gaza.

Apparently 20 people have been killed and I am concerned for the fate of all those involved including the British nationals on board. I know two of them very well, Sarah Colborne and Kevin Ovenden.

I hope that the UK Government has already protested in the strongest possible terms to Israel on this attack, in international waters, on a vessels carrying aid to the people of Gaza. I also hope that there will be an immediate suspension of the EU Trade Agreement, reference to the UN Security Council and appropriate and immediate sanctions made against Israel for this clearly illegal acts.

Additionally I hope we will put pressure on the USA to act accordingly and specifically revoke the planned further military aid of $150millions for a missile system.

I visited Gaza earlier this year as part of a pan European Parliamentary delegation and saw for ourselves the continuing destruction from “Operation Cast Lead”, the shortages of medicines and vital supplies and the isolation and imprisonment of the people. The continued blockade and under-supplying of Gaza is appalling and also illegal. Not surprisingly the people look to other countries to recognise their plight and put appropriate pressure on Israel.

I would be obliged if you could tell me what actions have been taken by the British Government in respect of the illegal attack and over the safety of British nationals on the vessels.

With thanks,

I await your response,

Jeremy Corbyn MP

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