Saturday, November 22, 2008

Kidnapped Human Rights Observers in Israeli Custody - Update

This is a short post to update the little we know of the fate of the HROs that Israel kidnapped along with 15 Gazan Fishermen a few days back.

The three Observers, Andrew Muncie from Scotland, Darlene Wallach from the United States and Vittorio Arrigoni from Italy, had begun a hunger strike while in Israeli custody. Vittorio has since ceased his participation in order to release news of their treatment.

Israel has released the fishermen, however refuses to allow the return of the vessels. This is the reason for the hunger strike and deportation refusal. Without their boats, these men can no longer support themselves or their families.

Here is a video of Amy Goodman interviewing the American ISM member, Darlene Wallach.


Penny said...

omg, that is disgusting.

and Israel, will this pass as acceptable?

I sometimes wonder how citizens of this country accept this, but then I wonder the same of Canadians and Americans.

What a black eye it gives us all, that we allow such imhumanity.

nobody said...

Things are getting interesting again. This is like a poison pill, dig it. They allow themselves to be taken into the belly of the beast and then eat them away from the inside. We'll have to keep track of this one. I wonder if the Israelis will drug them and force an IV on them. Wouldn't surprise me in the slightest.

The only check on their behaviour is whether anyone is watching. That's the sum total of their morality.

Magdelena said...

I doubt that any of this will see the light of day in NA. There hasn't been a single report on the Free Gaza movement (the first ship was the one which these ISM workers arrived on).

And Nobody - you are right. Israel only stops (momentarily) when someone is looking - then whammo - it's back to BAU.

Recently there was desecration of a Muslim graveyard in Hebron. Did the NA press report it? Of course not - but any kind of desecration of Jewish graves - anywhere - it screamed from every toilet rag here in Kanuckistan.

Double standard.