Letter requesting official government support for Australian “Freedom Waves to Gaza” delegate

We wrote this following email to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade asking what official consular support would be extended to Michael if necessary, and requesting represention be made to Israeli authorities urging no interference with the boats currently on course for Gaza.

We are writing to request the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on behalf of the Australian Government make representation to Israeli authorities to allow the boats currently travelling through the Mediterranean Sea reach their destination without Israeli intervention.

The ‘Tahrir’ is carrying 12 people including Australian youth worker Michael Coleman. There is a second boat MV Saoirse also currently on route to Gaza.

We call on DFAT to implore Israel to not intervene or use force or violence against the unarmed peaceful activists and journalists on board these boats.

We request a statement of position from DFAT outlining how DFAT will assist and support Australian citizen Michael Coleman in the event of intervention and/or detention by Israeli authorities.

We also noted the following:
The Israeli military officials have this morning said they will block the two boats from reaching Gaza and a military spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Avital Leibovich, told Reuters that Israel considered these boats a “provocation”.

We have confirmation that DFAT has received our letter and we are now awaiting their response.

Please consider phoning or writing a short email to the Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd asking him to support Michael and the efforts of the Freedom Waves to Gaza boats and denounce plans by Israel to militarily intervene. Contact details:

Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Hon Kevin Rudd MP
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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