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For Immediate Release

Greta Berlin
Media Team
Free Gaza Movement
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Gaza Friends Kidnapped by the Israeli Navy


Fifteen Palestinian fishermen along with three internationals have been
kidnapped in Palestinian waters by the Israeli Navy. They were fishing
seven miles off the coast of Deir Al Balah, clearly in Gaza fishing
waters and well within the fishing limit detailed in the Oslo Accords of

The fishermen and the human right?s observers were transferred from 3
separate boats to the Israeli warships. Other Palestinian fishermen
reported that the 3 boats were seen being taken north by the Israeli Navy.

The three internationals are Andrew Muncie from Scotland, Darlene
Wallach from the United States and Victor Arrigoni from Italy. The U.K.,
U.S. and Italian embassies in Tel Aviv have been contacted and know
about the abductions.

Please call the Israeli Ministry of Justice at +972 26 46 66 66 and
register your outrage over these illegal actions by the Israeli Navy.
Then call the Embassies in Jerusalem and make sure they know that many
of us are appalled by Israel?s illegal search and seizure.

Stephen Brown, UK Consulate +972 25 41 41 00

U.S. Consulate General + 972-2-6227230

Luigi MATTIOLO, Italian Ambassador +972 3 5104004

Free Gaza is a human rights group founded in 2006. Our mission is to break the Israel's illegal siege on Gaza's 1.8 million civilians, since it inflicts collective punishment on the Palestinians who live there and has destroyed its economy. Free Gaza believes in direct action in confronting Israel's abuse of Palestinians using non-violent means and has found these voyages to be one of the most effective ways to alert the world to the prison-like conditions of Gaza. Ultimately, there is no better example of direct action than Free Gaza's sustained attempts to break the siege on Gaza which Israel claims it no longer occupies