Monthly Archives: October 2012
October 29, 2012
Voice of Palestine features a wide-ranging interview with Jim Manly from Nanaimo, BC, who just returned from his dramatic experience aboard the Gaza-bound aid ship, Estelle. Jim, a former MP and retired United Church minister, detailed his ordeal. The interview was also extended to Jim’s wife, Eva, who participated in the Pilgrimage of Solidarity to Palestine in spring, 2012.
Listen to full interview: http://www.voiceofpalestine.ca/AudioFiles/VOP_Oct29_2012_32kbps.mp3
Former MP Jim Manly is back in Nanaimo with his family. He was interviewed Friday morning 26 October 2012 at 7am on 100.5FM Vancouver Coop Radio. Host Derrick O’Keefe.
25 October 2012. Full press conference by Jim Manly at the Vancouver airport on his way home to Nanaimo. Jim was one of 30 crew members of the Ship to Gaza Estelle who were hijacked by the Israeli navy in international waters while attempting to reach Gaza. He was detained by the Israeli army for 4 days before being deported back to Canada. Israel imposes an illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip virtually imprisoning 1.6 million Palestinians.
Rick Cluff host of the CBC radio program The Early Edition interviews Jim Manly by phone.
While the expected obligation of the Canadian government was to provide support and demand for the immediate release of Jim Manly from Israeli detention, Jim makes it very clear that the focus should remain on the rights of the 1.6 million Palestinians of Gaza.
25 October 2012. Jim Manly arrives home in Nanaimo after he was detained by the Israeli army for 4 days. He was one of 30 crew members of the Ship to Gaza Estelle who were hijacked by the Israeli navy in international waters while attempting to reach Gaza. Israel imposes an illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip virtually imprisoning 1.6 million Palestinians.
Jim Manly arrived in Vancouver on his way to his home in Nanaimo on October 25th, 2012. He was received by family and friends and several media outlets trying to her his side of the story. He embarked on his voyage on the Estelle attempting to break the blockade of Gaza by the Israelis. Instead the Estelle was seized by the Israeli navy in international waters and all 30 crew members were detained against their will in Israel.
Jim Manly arrived in Vancouver to give a press conference about his experience on the Estelle and in an Israeli detention centre. I was accompanied by his wife Eva and surrounded by friends and media.
Here are some photos
On October 20th Estelle was only 30 nautical miles away from Gaza in international waters, when armed forces attacked the sailing vessel and went on board arresting the entire 30-man crew. Estelle was hauled to the port of Ashdod and the activists were escorted to a detention center in Holon, a coastal suburb of Tel Aviv.
Contrary to several international media that had reported Estelle was boarded by an unarmed Israeli security force, the Greek legation says Estelle was intercepted by a small destroyer escort fleet comprising 5 vessels, 20 zodiac marine inflatables, 2 water canons, military helicopters and more than 300 men of the Israeli special forces.
The activists say the IDF used physical violence upon their arrest, as well as political and ideological intimidation during their detention.
In this video we can see the spirit of the people living in the boat the previous days of the IDF boarding as the moments before of the boarding.
Former Canadian MP and retired United Church Minister Jim Manly speaks to the media at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Wednesday. (Matthew Sherwood for National Post)
More broadly, independent expert reports have confirmed that the Palestinians in Gaza are facing a multifaceted crisis in food, water, health and economy. See, for instance, the report by five specialized UN rapporteurs posted here.
Israel makes sure that people in Gaza do not starve; this is true. But it is done in a calculated manner to keep the Palestinians in Gaza controlled and subservient. As the Estelle was crossing the Mediterranean, the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the Israeli Government to release the “Red Line” report, which confirms what we’ve been saying all along: What Israel sends Gaza is far below the needs of the population, and that is done intentionally. Israel makes sure not to starve the people of Gaza, for optical reasons. But it keeps them weak and dependant, so they cannot build.