The Crescent Report

May 27, 2010

Retired U.S. Army Colonel, Lecturer, Peace Activist, and Former High-Level U.S. State Department Official, Joins Gaza Flotilla

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 10:31 am

Retired U.S. Army Colonel, Lecturer, Peace Activist, and Former High-Level U.S. State Department Official, Joins Gaza Flotilla

MAS Freedom Expresses Concerns Over Human Right Flotilla to Gaza

News sources reported yesterday that Anne Wright, a retired Colonel in the United States Army and a former official with the U.S. State Department is one of several hundred activists aboard the flotilla of eight ships, now in the Mediterranean Sea, carrying tons of humanitarian and building supplies.

The ships, which departed from destinations in Turkey, Ireland, Algeria, and Greece, will converge at a spot in the Mediterranean and continue toward Gaza, where Israeli officials have promised to intercept the ships, possibly ram them on the high seas, and arrest the activists on board.

Ms. Wright, who is also a well respected writer and activist for peace, has stated that her participation in the humanitarian voyage is meant to bring attention to the ongoing crisis in Gaza, where more than 25,000 people were made homeless as a result of the Israeli attack on Gaza in 2008-2009 that resulted in the deaths of more than 1,300 Gazans, including many civilian non-combatants.

She recently spoke at a public gathering of citizens in Alaska to explain the objective of the humanitarian shipment, and the larger issue of ending the economic blockade of Gaza.

MAS Freedom continues to support the human rights of the people of Gaza through our Let Gaza Live campaign, which focuses on three related actions: (1) Sending 500,000 post cards to President Obama calling for U.S. pressure to be applied to both Israel and Egypt to end the blockade of Gaza (click here to see the postcard), (2) creating an online petition to call for an end to the blockade, and (3) distributing lawn signs to religious institutions and communities throughout the United States that call for an end to the blockade.

The Let Gaza Live petition can be found at:  http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/letgazalive

MAS Freedom is also sending a letter of protest to the Israeli Ambassador in Washington, DC, demanding that Israel not attempt to interfere with the arrival of these non-military humanitarian items to Gaza.

Help us lift the siege of Gaza now!  Donate to the Let Gaza Live campaign.  Make a donation today!

Please send your donations to:

MAS Freedom

1325 G Street NW, Suite 500

Washington, DC 20005

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