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3 Irish safe after Israeli assault on Freedom Flotilla – 2 refuse deportation, still in detention

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Monday May 31, 2010 17:48author by Kev - IPSC Report this post to the editors

Reports have reached us that the three Irish passengers kidnapped this morning by Israeli commandos are all unhurt. Shane Dillon is on a plane back to Ireland, while Dr Fintan Lane and Fiachra O Luain have both contested deportation and are now in an Israeli detention camp and will be brought to court within 72 hours. The three were kidnapped as part of the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla earlier today that killed up to 19 people, according to reports.

Dr Lane’s family received a call from Minister Michael Martin's office following his meeting with the Israeli Ambassador. The Ambassador informed Minister Martin that all there Irish passengers were not injured.

Speaking about his son’s detention, Dr. Lane’s father Jim said: “I am proud of my son, not only for going on this solidarity mission to Gaza, but also for refusing deportation. He is making a point that Israel should have no control over who enters Gaza. He has done nothing wrong and I support him. Furthermore, it is my belief that the United States should stop giving carte blanche to the Israeli state, for it is this support that gives Israel the confidence to act with such impunity.”

There are unconfirmed reports that there may be several other Irish Muslim participants currently being detained, but we are awaiting further news on this.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) will this evening at stage a demonstration in protest over the Israeli attack, which took place in international waters. The demonstrators will assemble at 6pm at the Spire on O’Connell St, and will march from there to the Israeli Embassy in Ballsbridge.

Speakers at the demo will be ICTU President Jack O’Connor, Aengus O Snodaigh TD, Chris Andrews TD, Sen. Mark Daly, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Emer Costello and Freda Hughes of the IPSC. Mr Andrews, Mr O Snodaigh and Mr Daly were refused access to the flotilla by the Cypriot authorities after coming under severe pressure from Israel.

Protestors will be calling for the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, Zion Evrony, and for action to be taken by the Irish government against Israel. They will also be calling on Irish civil society and the trade union movement to support the Palestinian call for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel until it abides by international law and ends its illegal occupation.

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Toughing it out with the monsters     TD    Mon May 31, 2010 20:16 
   volunteer     John    Tue Jun 01, 2010 01:06 
   Kudos Lads     V for vendetta    Tue Jun 01, 2010 02:45 
   Irish passengers     cathie    Tue Jun 01, 2010 09:56 
   Incompetent     Damien M    Tue Jun 01, 2010 15:52 
   From Reuters     The Observer    Tue Jun 01, 2010 16:02 
   MV Rachel Corrie     SS Politician    Tue Jun 01, 2010 16:48 
   irish Muslims     hb    Tue Jun 01, 2010 17:51 
   Irish flotilla activists update     linker    Thu Jun 03, 2010 08:33 
 10   Irish activist Al Mahdi Alharati gestures as he is taken to a hospital in Ankara     linker    Thu Jun 03, 2010 08:41 
 11   Fiachra O'Luain in hospital + Al Mahdi Al Harati beaten while in Israeli custody.     linker    Thu Jun 03, 2010 09:41 


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