Canadian Boat to Gaza

Canadian Boat to Gaza

June 16, 2011 14:42 ET

Canadian Boat to Gaza Announces the Delegates Who Will Be Aboard the Tahrir

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 16, 2011) - Before the end of June, the Canadian ship Tahrir will join the Freedom Flotilla 2 – Stay Human, carrying civil society delegates from coast to coast, international partners, and journalists from a range of media organizations.

The delegates on board the Tahrir include politicians; Jewish, Muslim and Christian Canadians; artists, peace and human rights activists; small business owners; some of whom have taken part in previous flotillas.

Dylan Penner, steering committee member of Independent Jewish Voices Canada (and also an organizer with the Canadian Boat to Gaza) and Vivienne Porzsolt from Jews Against Occupation in Australia, will be joined by Harmeet Singh Sooden, who was kidnapped in Iraq in 2005 and held for 4 months (along with Canadian James Loney while participating in an international Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation), as well as Muhammed Hamou from the London Muslim Mosque.

Also on board the Tahrir will be Former Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and professor of Indigenous Studies at Queen's University Robert Lovelace; Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Co-Chair Lyn Adamson; Quebec Solidaire representative Manon Massé; small business owner Sue Breeze from BC; Toronto book publisher and children's mental health activist Kate Wilson; Toronto filmmaker John Greyson; and Mary Hughes-Thompson, co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement who was on board the Free Gaza that broke the siege of Gaza in August 2008, and was part of the support team for the first Freedom Flotilla in May 2010.

The Tahrir is honoured to be joined by 4 delegates from Australia, 4 from Belgium, 5 from Denmark, and one from Germany.

Meet the delegates as they leave:

Toronto: 11AM, Sunday June 19th at Pearson Airport, Terminal 3, Air Transat departure area.

Montreal: 3:30PM, Sunday June 19th at Trudeau Airport Departures Hall.

The full list of delegates can be found at www.tahrir.ca.

Women Nobel laureates support the flotilla in an open letter to Ban Ki-moon: http://www.nobelwomensinitiative.org/home/article/laureates-support-freedom-flotilla

Contact Information

  • CBG spokes persons
    English:
    Ehab Lotayef: 514.941.9792 lotayef@gmail.com
    Wendy Goldsmith: 519.619.6766 wendygoldsmith21@gmail.com

    French:
    Lorraine Guay: 514.278.1167 lorraineguay@videotron.ca
    Denis Kosseim: 514.923.5594 denis.tahrir@gmail.com

    To directly contact some of the Canadians
    who will be on the boat

    English:
    Robert (Bob) Lovelace 613-374-5594
    Lyn Adamson 416-731-6605
    Harmeet Sooden +64 21 023 16461

    French:
    Marie-Eve Rancourt: 514-258-0095
    Manon Masse: 514-655-4310