From the Free Gaza Movement:
“The Free Gaza Movement ship, “SPIRIT OF HUMANITY,” left Larnaca Port at 3:00 pm, Monday, 12 January, on an emergency mission to besieged Gaza. It is expected to arrive in Gaza at approximately 11am (UST) Tuesday morning. Aboard the ship are 36 passengers and crew, representing 17 different nations. They are doctors, journalists, human rights workers, and five European parliamentarians representing Belgium, Greece, Italy, and Spain (A complete passenger list is at www.freegaza.org.). The mercy ship also carries desperately needed medical supplies meant for hospitals in the Gaza Strip.
“Israel has been notified that we are coming and we are concerned that, in spite of this notice, they will either attack the boat or try to injure the passengers or crew.
“On Dec. 30, Israeli gunboats rammed, disabled and nearly sank our last boat “Dignity” in international waters. Thanks to the heroic efforts of our many supporters, we were able to get another, larger boat, which has already left Larnaca for Gaza despite Israeli threats. The boat is carrying urgently needed medical personnel and supplies, members of several European parliaments and journalists, all of whom have been prevented by Israel from entering Gaza. The delegation leader is human rights lawyer Huwaida Arraf of Michigan.
Please do one or all of the following:
In the US * CONTACT your Congressional representatives and tell them that there are Americans on board the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY. Tell them that they are responsible for the safety of the people on board and the boat itself. Remind them that the boat has every right to sail to Gaza and carries physicans, journalists and members of parliament. Remind them that it is our money that is causing this horror in Gaza. Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
In the U.K. *CONTACT your MP and tell them that there are British citizens on board the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY. Tell them that they are responsible for the safety of the people on board and the boat itself. Remind them that the boat has every right to sail to Gaza and carries physicans, journalists and members of parliament.”