Freedom Waves Activists Jailed
Activists and members of the press who were aboard the two ships that comprised the Freedom Waves flotilla are now being held in Givon jail in Israel. Two Americans were on board the Tahrir: activist Kit Kittredge and Democracy Now! reporter Jihan Hafiz. While US Embassy officials have met with both of them, neither has been allowed direct contact with their friends or family. They are expected to be held at least overnight.
Meanwhile, reports are surfacing that the activists aboard the Tahrir and the Saoirse met with an undue amount of violence when the Israeli navy commandeered their ships. The IDF's own video of the operation shows the employment of a high pressure water canon and armed soldiers pointing guns at passengers.
Demand that the United States act in the interests of its citizens. Tell President Obama to rebuke Israel for its treatment of those aboard the Tahrir and the Saoirse and to press for the unconditional release of Kit Kittredge and Jihan Hafiz, as well as the activists from other nations.