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Israeli Navy takes Dignite/Al Karama in international waters - CALL TO ACTION
US Boat to Gaza
Earlier today, the Israeli navy took control of the one boat from Freedom Flotilla II that had made it into international waters on their way to Gaza. The French-flagged boat - Dignite/Al Karama - carried 16 people from France, Canada, Greece, Sweden and Tunisia. They were stopped about 40 miles away from Gaza [in international waters] and after several hours the Israelis took control of the boat, bringing it to the Israeli port of Ashdod. There are no reports of any injuries and we have heard the passengers were being arrested. We do not yet know how long they will be detained or what will happen to the boat. We urge you to contact the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC to call for the immediate release of these people. And - most importantly - we must call on the Israeli government to end the siege and blockade of Gaza, and to treat the people of Palestine in compliance with international law! Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC telephone: 202-364-5500
 fax: 202-364-5423 A list of the Israeli consulate offices around the U.S. will be posted our website later today. Please call any of those numbers as well. [Following the Call to Action] is a copy of a press release the U.S. Boat to Gaza is releasing. Please feel free to share this with media outlets and others. ----------------------- CALL TO ACTION: Please make calls. Please hold your protests. Stay Human Freedom Flotilla 2011: how you can help: Phone to demand US government ensure safety of the Dignite/Al Karama: President Obama: 202 456 1111 State Department: 202 647 4000 The toll free number to the Congressional Switchboard: 1 866 338-1015 The phone number for the Congressional switchboard is 202-224-3121. Dial switchboard and ask for your Senator or Representative by name. Tell them: - that taking the boat by force in international waters is Piracy. - to demand Israel release the passengers of the Dignité. - to demand that Greece release the other Flotilla boats. - that you don't want your tax dollars spent attacking a French flagged ship in international waters off the coast of Egypt, with 17 human rights activists and journalists onboard. The Dignite/Al Karama is not a threat to Israel. - that the people of Gaza have a right to invite people from the outside world to visit them. - that the blockade of Gaza is is illegal, and is collective punishment on 1.6 million Palestinians living in Gaza. SF Israeli Consulate 415 844 7500 fax; 415 844 7555 Akiva Tor, Consul General (415) 844-7501 The emergency number is: 415-806-7857.

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