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  • Kevin Neish - on the Mavi Marmara Play all

    Kevin Neish's cross-country tour is in support of the Canadian Boat to Gaza, sailing with Freedom Flotilla 2 in Spring 2011 - Hamilton, Ontario Canada, 6 Nov. 2010

    In May 2010 an international flotilla of eight boats, carrying international media, peace activists, and humanitarian aid for Gaza, set sail on the Mediterranean. The Mavi Marmara, the largest of the ships with 600 people from around the world aboard, was boarded and brutally attacked by the Israeli military. The one-sided attack violated international law and claimed the lives of nine peace activists.

    Canadian Kevin Neish was on board the ship and is now sharing his first-hand account of that night, on a pan-Canadian tour with stops in Halifax, Hamilton, London, Windsor, Regina, Yellowknife, Edmonton and Vancouver.

    On the subject of the passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara, Neish recounts, "They were humanitarian aid workers. A lot of them were pot-bellied fellows, balding, glasses, looked a lot like me. They weren't fighters."

    By sharing his harrowing account, Neish hopes to encourage others to get involved with the Canadian Boat to Gaza (CBG) (http://canadaboatgaza.org/) that will sail in Spring 2011 with Freedom Flotilla 2, an international project that plans to send boats from over 15 countries, with the goal of delivering aid and breaking the siege of Gaza.

    CBG steering committee member Wendy Goldsmith explained the imperative activists feel to send a Canadian boat, "The Canadian Government has been consistently complicit with Israeli policies and actions that clearly violate international law, and so it is up to civil society to take a principled stand against the Israeli siege and for the people of Gaza."
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