Aliran condemns in the strongest terms the recent Israeli atrocities against unarmed civilians on board an aid flotilla heading towards Gaza which resulted in at least 10 peace activists being killed.
The incident is all the more heinous as it took place in international waters. Israel has no jurisdiction there or over Gaza, which is under a virtual Israeli siege.
What was the crime of the flotilla? They were carrying 10,000 tonnes of school supplies, medical equipment and construction material. The supplies were sorely needed by impoverished Gaza residents, 80 per cent of whom rely on humanitarian aid.
Aliran supports the UN Security Council’s statement calling for a prompt, impartial and transparent inquiry into Israel’s attack on the flotilla..
We also demand the immediate release of close to 600 humanitarian volunteers from several countries who have been unjustly and illegally detained in centres across Israel. The ships bearing the cargo must be allowed to continue their voyage and Israel must end its three-year blockade on Gaza.
Aliran executive committee
1 June 2010