Unite Union’s Mike Treen has been arrested in International waters by Israeli forces for being part of a flotilla that wanted to deliver medical supplies to Gaza.
From Daily Blog:
Mike Treen is the National Director of the Unite Union, and a veteran human rights defender. and our New Zealand representative on the international Freedom Flotilla to Gaza.
He pre-recorded this urgent SOS message (above) in the advent of the Freedom Flotilla boat, the Al Awda, being hijacked by Israeli forces.
Please also see the earlier post – ‘Freedom Flotilla boat hijacked by Israeli forces’ – regarding this unlawful and unwarranted attack which began late last night (NZ time).
Subsequent news items indicate that the boat has been forced to the southern Israeli port of Ashdod.
Please view Mike’s important message and urgently contact the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rt Hon Winston Peters, asking him to demand the Israeli government immediately release all flotilla participants and ensure the cargo of medical aid is promptly delivered to Gaza. His email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is some background from Al Jazeera about the arrest and the flotilla:
If you want more background this Stuff article about veteran peace protester Roger Fowler provides some information. Stuff also allowed David Cummin Director of the Israel Institute of New Zealand to respond in the same article.