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Gaza Flotilla: Press Conference with Shane Dillon today at 2pm, Central Hotel, Dublin

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Wednesday June 02, 2010 10:57author by Kev - IPSC Report this post to the editors

Remaining Irish prisoners to be deported later today

There will be a press conference with returned Irish Flotilla detainee Shane Dillon today at 2pm in Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. Mr Dillon, who was deported to Ireland late last night will speak of his experiences on board the Challenger ship when it was boarded by Israeli commandos on Monday where he said he witness the commandos physically attacking non-violent passengers. Also speaking at the press conference will be Aengus O Snodaigh TD, Chris Andrews TD and Senator Mark Daly, and it will be chaired Freda Hughes of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC).

Shane Dillon arriving back in Dublin airport last night
Shane Dillon arriving back in Dublin airport last night

Earlier today, IPSC Spokesperson Freda Hughes spoke to the Irish Embassy in Israel, and was told that Isam Bin Ali - a naturalised Irish citizen from Libya - was due to be on board a 10am flight from Tel Aviv to Ireland. Although the Embassy was unable to confirmed whether Mr. Ali was definitely on board, the said there was no reason to believe he was not. The other five Irish prisoners are reportedly due to be deported sometime after lunchtime today, though the Israeli Foreign Ministry has thus far refused to say any more than this, an Embassy official said. All their phones have been confiscated permanently and they are still being held incommunicado. Ms Hughes made an appeal to the Embassy to try to get permission for them to make a phone call before they leave, particularly Mr. Al Mahdi Al Harati who has a medical condition and has had no contact with his wife, Ms Eftaima Al Najar, in six days.

Yesterday, the Irish Ambassador to Israel, Breifne O'Reilly, yesterday gained access to all the Irish prisoners who were being held in in Be'er Sheba prison. He told the IPSC that - with the exception of the Australian-Irish dual passport holder journalist Paul McGeough - they had all been "roughed up" in one form or another and one of them reported that he was hit with a rifle butt. Despite this they were in good spirits and there were no hospitalisations of Irish people.

Those on board the Challenger reported to the Ambassador when their ship was boarded and taken by force, there was no live fire, but high velocity paintball gun and stun grenades were used against the passenger.

Meanwhile, the Irish-owned vessel the MC Rachel Corrie continues en route to Gaza with its 1,000 tonne cargo of medical supplies, children toys, eductional and rebuilding supplies. It is due to arrive sometime on Friday night or Saturday morning. Speaking earlier today from the boat, Irishman Derek Graham said that he was glad that Irish governement was calling for safe passage for the ship, and that "if this aid is not delivered, then Monday's deaths will have been in vain". He went on to say that if Israeli forces attempted to board the ship, all 15 passengers would sit with their arms in the air so that they would not be attacked. He also called for an end to the illegal three-year-old Israeli siege of Gaza.

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie
author by arty eeeeeeeeeeeeepublication date Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:24Report this post to the editors

RTE radio this morning - Shane Dillon, the first of the Irish activists to be deported, says the activists put up little resistance when their boats were boarded
http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0602/mideast_av.html?276434...l,209

Link from RTE news article - http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0602/mideast.html

author by linkerpublication date Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:28Report this post to the editors

Shane Dillon, The mate on board of Challenger 1, 27th May 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONeslRGR2pQ

Shane Dillon, Mate on Challenger 1 talks about his personal reasons for working with FreeGaza. His brother Owen Dillon, uilleannpiper with Kila, has written a song called "The Rachel Corrie" about an American girl who was killed by an Israeli bulldoser. One of the cargo ships in the Freedom Flotilla is called The Rachel Corrie in her honor.

They are now close to the coasts of Cyprus now, sailing towards the Freedom Flotilla meeting point, to proceed all together to Gaza.

Thanks to Scott Hamann, passenger on board of the Freedom Flotilla, for all images.

Caption: Shane Dillon, The mate on board of Challenger 1, 27th May 2010


author by opus diablos - the regressive hypocrite partypublication date Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:37Report this post to the editors

If you have a link for that Kila song you might post it,linker.Ta.

author by opus diablos - the regressive hypocrite partypublication date Wed Jun 02, 2010 13:07Report this post to the editors

Cowen just on RTE saying '...cement in cargo of Rachel Corrie is problematic'.Might interfere with CRH's monopoly game?

author by Citizenpublication date Wed Jun 02, 2010 16:30Report this post to the editors

I mean we can't have those Palestinians rebuilding their houses after them being levelled by Israeli bombs, can we? Such utter crap. Especially considering all the cement the Israelis are using to build settlements on Palestinian lands. All the back peddling is starting now. very sad.

author by times readerpublication date Wed Jun 02, 2010 18:49Report this post to the editors

Irish activist Shane Dillon at news conference in Dublin today.

Irish man denies Gaza activists armed
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0602/....html

author by opus diablos - the regressive hypocrite partypublication date Wed Jun 02, 2010 19:39Report this post to the editors

ya miss me point citizen.We cant be wasting cement on houses,schools and hospitals it cost a gigafortune to pulverise in Cast Lead, when there is a containment wall to be built to ensure the untermenschen stay contained.

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