Breaking news: Bad treatment of crew of MV Saoirse in Israeli Prison


Socialist Party MEP in a three minute phone call from Givon prision in Israel listened into by the prison authorities gave an account of the poor treatment he and his fellow prisoners have endured.

Paul reported that:

“Our boat was almost sunk by the manner in which it was approached and boarded by the Israeli navy. People were shackled and deprived of all personal belongings.

“In Givon prison the authorities tried to disorientate us through sleep deprivation and the removal of our watches and the prison clock recording the wrong time. We have been given no time frame as to how long we will be kept here before the deportation trial. We were denied our right by Isreali law to contact our families within 24 hours of our arrest.

“On the basis of protest action we have engaged in our treatment has improved and we have had books and writing materials returned to us.

“We are due to meet the Irish ambassador today and have received some consular assistance. We call upon the Irish government to demand from the Israeli authorities our immediate release.

“We remain defiant and unabashed at our mission which again has served to expose the criminal nature of the Israeli state in its blockading of Gaza from those of us who wish to provide aid in order to alleviate the poverty and suffering the people there endure.”

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  1. Keep your chins up and well done. The world is at last beginning to understand the brutality of the new Nazis on the block. We shouldn’t even be calling it Israel. The Occupied Territories of the Middle East is more

    • yes we all should support hamas to get arms into Israel, to kill innocent civilians, the rockets Hamas can smuggle in are not accurate enough to hit play grounds and other populated areas its great to see Irish people getting involved in world jihad

      • Eamonn, why do the rockets out of Gaza only count to you? Why not the idf rockets INTO Gaza? The UN schools, Medical facilities and compounds during operation Cast Lead that resulted in the death of over 900 civilians as per B’tSelem. Why are israeli citizens the only innocent ones to people like you? Where is your proof that there was anything else but medical supplies on those vessels? Get a grip and stop being held hostage by your clear bias…

  2. Comparing israelis and nazis is couter prodactive. Israelis are not all one humogenic group, i for example am planning to particepate in a demonstration for the relese of pual and the other ditanies and agianst the siage on the gaza strip.

  3. Absolute Facists and possibly the most dangerous nation in the world today.

  4. All the best and good luck to everyone involved!!!

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