We are confirming that the two ships en route to Gaza, the Canada Boat to Gaza Tahrir, and the Irish boat Saoirse are under attack by the Israeli Navy. Israeli warships are approaching both ships. The Tahrir has received radio contact from the Israeli authorities, asking about their final destination. Canadian Ehab Lotayef replied, ‘the conscience of humanity’. When asked again, he said ‘The betterment of mankind’. Boarding and commandeering are imminent. On board the Tahrir are three Canadians, Montrealer Ehab Lotayef, Londoner David Heap, and Karen DeVito from Toronto, as well as Australian Michael Coleman, American Kit Kittredge and 20-year-old Israeli Majd Kayal. Also on board are five international journalists, including Jihan Hafiz of Democracynow.org. The boats are presently 48 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza. The first flotilla to break the siege was intercepted about 35 nautical miles off shore. Now is the time to act. Call your local Member of Parliament and Canada's foreign Minister John Baird and tell them to press the Israelis to ensure the safety of those aboard the two ships! Local Member of Parliament: Go to http://www.parl.gc.ca/SenatorsMembers.aspx?Language=E, enter your postal code and you will see his / her name, email and phone number John Baird: House of Commons: Telephone: 613-996-0984, Fax: 613-996-9880 Email: email@example.com Constituency Office: Telephone: 613-990-7720 Fax: 613-993-6501 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org This situation is developing. For updates, stay tuned to our Twitter #freedomwaves, Facebook, tahrir.ca, ustogaza.org, and irishshiptogaza.org.
~ Sofia Smith