| For Immediate Release|
uruknet.info, July 19, 2011– 4:30AM EDT
Dignité attacked: one Canadian on board Gaza-bound French boat
Organizers of the Canadian Boat to Gaza (CBG), the Tahrir, lost contact with the French flagged boat Dignité from the Freedom Flotilla II, at 10:10AM local time when the boat was in international waters north of Arish, Egypt, and are deeply concerned for those aboard, given the likelihood the vessel has been boarded by the Israeli Navy. The Dignity had managed to get out of Greek territorial waters and was sailing towards Gaza. The Israeli navy recently threatened to intercept any ships heading to Gaza.
“We are calling on supporters across Canada to mobilize against what looks like an Israeli attack on or interception of the Dignité,” says David Heap, who was on board the Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir, when it was prevented from sailing to Gaza by the Greek coast guard. “We condemn Israel’s actions to impede ships in international waters and its illegal blockade of Gaza.”