A message smuggled out of the Ramla Givon prison in an email from members of the solidarity boat crew arrested earlier this week has accused the Israeli authorities of maltreatment and keeping them in poor conditions.
Amongst those being held is Adie Mormech, 30, from Rusholme in Manchester.
21 solidarity activists on board the FreeGaza boat Spirit of Humanity were taken prisoner by the Israeli navy after they attempted to take humanitarian aid to Gaza from Cyprus on Monday. Their boat was surrounded by 6 Israeli warships and the crew and passengers forcibly removed. Information received by former USCongresswoman Cynthia McKinney suggests that two of the women prisoners have already been released.
All of the prisoners have stressed that although their fate has become the subject of an international news story, that of the 11,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has not been given the same attention. They also reiterate that their fate is only partof the wider story of the Israeli blockade on Gaza.
The full text of the email received by British supporters at around noon on Thursday 2nd July is as follows:
“sending this fortuitously, could pass this on to relevant contacts pls thx 02/06/09 Now at Ramla prison, Givon, separated from arab and aljazeera passengers, after being kidnapped by Israeli special forces supported by 6 navy gunships in Palestinian waters 18 miles off the Gaza coast. Unaware of the status of 2 Palestinian Israeli citizens separated on arrest. 4 British nationals including the Captain of the Spirit of Humanity Denis Healey and Adie Mormech, Ishmahil Blagrove and Fathi Jaouadi are being held in the high security Ramla Givon prison where they are also holding former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney who was also on board the boat. Conditions at the prison are appalling, 14-20 to a cell measuring 7m by 7m. Nobel
Laureate Mairead McGuire forcibly removed in handcuffs and status unknown. Please raise as much awareness as possible of this injustice.”
2nd July 2009
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