Israel must be held responsible for safety and well-being of passengers
(Washington DC, 06/292015) – The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization, condemns the Israeli seizure of the Freedom Flotilla III vessel, the Marianne, and calls upon President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to hold Israel responsible for the safety and well-being of the detained passengers.
The Marianne was the lead vessel of the flotilla, an international effort to break Israel’s siege on Gaza and deliver life-saving medical supplies and solar panels. Passengers included former Tunisian president Al-Moncef Al-Marzouki, Palestinian member of the Knesset Basel Ghattas and at least one member of the European Parliament.
This is not the first time the Israeli navy has violated international law and seized a humanitarian ship in international waters. In 2010, commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara and killed 10 unarmed activists on board, including American Furkan Dogan, several of them ‘execution style,’ according to a United Nations investigation. And in 2012, passengers aboard the Estelle were tasered and clubbed by Israeli commandos, according to Flotilla organizers.
“Israel’s actions, once again, show the world it does not want peace and that its right-wing leaders are not interested in the welfare and well-being of Palestinians,” said AMP Chairman Dr. Hatem Bazian. “The Palestinians in Gaza are enduring absolutely inhumane conditions and it is time for the United States to pressure Israel to lift the siege and end the occupation.”