For Immediate Release
CCR Condemns Israel Killing of Freedom Flotilla Participants
NEW YORK - The Center for Constitutional Rights strongly condemns the killings
of human rights activists aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. The six
ships that comprised the Flotilla were violently attacked early this
morning by Israeli Naval Forces. The flotilla was carrying over 700
international activists from over 50 countries, including Nobel Peace
Prize Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and former US Army Colonel Ann
Wright, as well as urgently needed medical and rebuilding supplies.
This was a much anticipated and well-publicized attempt to use
non-violent means to protest Israel’s illegal, nearly three-year
blockade of Gaza that has resulted in denial of basic necessities like
food and medicine to Palestinians living in Gaza.
Since its inception nearly three years ago, CCR has condemned the blockade as a form of collective punishment.
We urge those able to attend the emergency protests scheduled for
today, May 31, 2010 (all times noted reflect local time zones):
- NEW YORK: 3 pm Monday, Times Square (Assemble at 47th St. and 7tE Ave.) SAN FRANCISCO: 1 pm Monday, Rally (Powell and Market)
- CHICAGO: 4.30 pm Tuesday, Israeli Consulate (111 E. Wacker Drive)
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.