As many of you know there is a flotilla of 9 ships with hundreds on board heading towards Gaza with 10,000 tons of aid.
They are due to arrive over the weekend.
We need to make people aware that this is an important issue for us, so please do one or more of the following:
1. Contact your local MP and inform them about the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and its aims. Put pressure on your MP to bring up a question in Parliament about what the British government will do to protect British peace activists on board the flotilla.
4. Contact the Deputy Prime Minister: [address removed]
A similar letter to the below was sent to the Foreign Secretary on 21 May 2010. Please feel free to amend it to send to your MP and the FCO.
Dear Mr Hague
Freedom Flotilla to Gaza
As you are no doubt aware, the situation in the Israeli occupied Gaza Strip has reached a crisis point. Following on from almost 3 years of blockade, during which Israel has consistently failed to allow adequate basic necessities to enter Gaza, the living conditions and quality of life for Gazans is abysmal.
In order to take action against the Israeli led embargo, the Freedom Flotilla consisting of 9 ships is heading for the Gaza shores. With 700 volunteers on board, they expect to reach Gaza on Saturday 29th May 2010. The Israeli navy has made it clear that it will attempt to stop them from reaching Gaza and distributing the aid that they have spent months collecting and packing. Such intervention would be nothing short of an act of piracy as at no time is the flotilla going to enter Israeli waters, and thus the Israeli navy has no jurisdiction in attempting to stop them.
I write to you as Britain?s Foreign Secretary to request that you make clear what action the Foreign Office will take if the Israeli navy endangers the lives of peace activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla including British nationals. As well as protecting its nationals, Britain is also obliged to follow the EU Guidelines on protecting Human Rights Defenders.
I look forward to hearing your instructions to the Israeli's in the press and hopefully to me directly.