Referendum - Ireland 2012
IAWM PRESS RELEASE – 20 October 2012
The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today condemning the attack by the Israeli navy on the Swedish ship MV Estelle in international waters
and the kidnapping of its crew and passengers.
The attack occurred 17 Nautical Miles north of the Egyptian port El Arish. Contact was lost with the ship at 9.15am this morning when Israeli war ships surrounded the peaceful ship and the assault began.
The statement noted that there were many parliamentarians on board including the following:
Former Member of Parliament Manly James,
Canada Member of Parliament Hagen Aksel,
Norway Member of Parliament Britton Sven,
Sweden Member of Parliament Kodelas Dimitios,
Greece Member of Parliament Sixto Ricardo,
Spain Member of Parliament Diamantopoulos Evangelos, Greece
Full list of individuals onboard: http://shiptogaza.se/en/news/sailors-onboard-estelle
See Jim Manly’s pre-recorded video message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8egYBdf-Zo
The passengers also included Israeli peace activist Yonatan Shapira, who had been a combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force and had refused to take part in the bombing of Palestinian cities. Shapira and other activists made their way to the Estelle in a motorboat, evading vessels of the Greek Coast Guard that sought to bar their way.