For Immediate Release
Mike Ferner 419-729-7273
Dennis Lane 314-306-0024
Veterans For Peace's Response to Armed Attack on Aid Flotilla
VFP member Ret. Colonel Ann Wright is one of the members of the Flotilla
high seas attack on an international aid flotilla, reportedly killing
up to 20 people escorting tons of humanitarian aid to Gaza in an effort
to break Israel's three-year blockade. "Made in the U.S.A." is stamped
on the weapons commandos used to kill and wound the international peace
We are saddened and we are
angry. At least one of our own members, retired Army Col., Ann Wright,
is among the 700 people aboard the boats attacked in the middle of the
night. But we cannot say we are very surprised. Palestinians die
quietly and unnoticed every day in Gaza, the world's largest open air
prison, as a result of Israel's blockade and violent repression.
Veterans For Peace Board Member, Cherie Eichholz, traveled to Gaza in
May and had this to say about the situation in Gaza, "Surrounded by a
massive wall and a naval blockade, Gazans are imprisoned, suffering
without the most basic of necessities, including enough food and safe
drinking water. The situation on the ground is grave."
Another Board Member, Elliott Adams, also traveled to Gaza in May said,
"On our Memorial Day we veterans are presented with the ugly specter
of US citizens having their lives threatened and being held captive in
an act of piracy. Making it more painful, this is being done with US
weapons. While the people of Gaza cry out for basic humanitarian
needs, a neighboring nation is willing to kill to deny them basic life
of our 7,000 members in over 100 chapters are already organizing or
will soon join the protests being organized across the U.S. We urge
our members to use every nonviolent tactic available in the streets and
in local Congressional offices to protest this attack. At the same
time we demand Congress cut off U.S. military aid to Israel which has totaled over 32 billion dollars since 1997.
For interviews about what life is like in Gaza, please contact Cherie Eichholz at 206-227-6095 or Elliott Adams at 518-441-2697.
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Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. It is structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members. The organization includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations including from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars as well as other conflicts. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.