Last November, in international waters, the Israeli navy illegally intercepted two boats bound for the Gaza Strip, Palestine as part of the Freedom Waves to Gaza. One of those boats is the 'Tahrir' which is partly owned by Free Gaza Australia.
The Freedom Waves is an international initiative with the goal of challenging the illegal blockade of Gaza, and bringing humanitarian aid to the civilian population of Gaza in the spirit of the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1860 (2009). In a report dated Sept. 13, 2011, following the release of the Palmer report, four independent UN Human Rights experts concluded that the blockade of Gaza is illegal: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11363&LangID=E
The 'Tahrir' was carrying much needed medical supplies which have been impounded by the Israeli government.
We are concerned that the Australian government is giving in to pressures from the Israeli government and accepting that it is acting within its right when imposing an inhumane blockade on 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza and seeking to control international waters.
We demand that the Australian Government demonstrate its commitment to international law by:
1. providing all necessary assistance in the prompt recovery of the 'Tahrir', the medical aid, and all property owned by Australians and organisations based in Australia that was on board which was seized violently during a lawful, peaceful voyage to Gaza;
2. insisting that Israel meet its obligations under international law by facilitating the unimpeded movement of people and goods into and out of Gaza, including by sea, in compliance with United Nations Security Council resolution 1860.
The Give Back The Tahrir petition to Government was written by James and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.