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News, July 2009
Former US Congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney, and Irish Nobel Prize Laureate, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Still Detained by Israeli Occupation Government
Israel deports five Free Gaza activists; Ireland calls for release of Nobel Peace Prize winner
Five Bahraini citizens participating in the Free Gaza Movement’s
voyage to Gaza were deported on Friday, following their Tuesday
afternoon seizure by Israeli forces in international waters off the Gaza
Two Free Gaza members released, others await deportation
Two of the 21 Free Gaza ship crew members were released without
charges Wednesday, both Palestinian citizens of Israel, following
interrogation by intelligence officers.
Free Gaza Movement's Two Palestinian 48 organizers released from Israeli detention
Lubna Masarwa and Huwaida Arraf, both organisers of the Free Gaza Movement, have now been released from Ashdod Detention Facility, where military authorities had held them from 9.00 p.m. on 30th June until 1.00 p.m. on 1st July, 2009, having arrested and detained them while in Gazan territorial waters (approx. 20 nautical miles from Gaza Port) at 3.00 p.m. on 30th June.
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mairead Maguire have given telephone interviews from their prison cells, where they await deportation.
To arrange such interviews, contact Free Gaza Movement (either Greta Berlin or Caoimhe Butterly, at +357 99 081 767), who will also supply current news or information as to the whereabouts of those Free Gaza 21 who are awaiting deportation, or the current status of legal negotiations as to those deportations.
Free Gaza Movement will continue its activities to break the siege on Gaza, to highlight the plight of Gazans under total Israeli siege and occupation, and to remind the world of the imprisonment of 11,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails or detention centers, under administrative detention, most of them without trial.
Israel states that it denied entry to the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY and 21 Free Gaza human rights defenders, because Gaza is a closed military area and “a blockaded area”. The Israeli Navy threatened to fire at the boat and on several occasions during the voyage from Cyprus attempted to stop the boat (at 3.00 a.m. and at 11.00 am on 30th June), when they surrounded it with up to eight naval gunboats. Nevertheless, both Ms. Mosarwa and Ms. Arraf have been released without charge or court appearance.
At 2.30 a.m. on 1st July, Ms. Mosarwa was investigated by the General State Security (GSS) – the Shabbak, but not by the police or military.
Updates are also available at www.freegaza.org/en/live or www.freegaza.org
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