Activist ready for Gaza at moment’s notice

Kevin Neish awaiting word in Mediterranean

Kevin Neish’s bags are packed, should the call come to join a flotilla of 10 activist ships heading for Gaza.

“We’re told to be ready at a moment’s notice” the Victoria man said from his hotel in the Mediterranean.

It could be several days before the Canadian ship, called the Tahrir, departs with 32 Canadians and several news organizations including a CBC television crew. While a French ship departed Wednesday, other ships have experienced delays, which activists speculate are politically driven.

Despite passing a safety inspection a long time ago, the Tahrir was subject to another inspection by the Greek Port Authority, according to United Press International.

The Gaza flotilla aims to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, in order to deliver aid to the Palestinian people. The Israel Defense Forces have pledged to stop the flotilla, calling it a provocation and an effort to delegitimize Israel, according to Haaretz.com, an English-language Israeli online news organization.

On Wednesday morning, Neish completed training in non-violent resistance. That means sitting or standing in the way of the Israeli soldiers, he explained.

“You can’t have anything in your hands that could be misconstrued as a weapon,” he said. “My plan is to be along the railing when the Israelis first step off the zodiacs.”

Neish was on board the lead ship in last year’s Gaza flotilla and documented much of the violence, which resulted in the death of nine people including one journalist.

“I’m feeling very happy that I’m not alone,” he said, adding last time he was the only resident Canadian participating.

rholmen@vicnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

‘The system has fallen apart:’ Victoria woman’s son died a day after being accepted to treatment centre

Victoria man’s body went undiscovered in Victoria parking lot for five days after overdose

Every situation is different, jurors hear at coroners inquest into Oak Bay teen’s overdose death

Pediatrician says involuntary treatment necessary following overdose, opioid use

CRD tickets cyclists who ignore stop signs at Lochside trail, Saanich Road intersection

Many cyclists don’t heed the stop signs, use pedestrian-activated crosswalk light

Inaugural Sarah Beckett memorial Run raises $20,000 for law enforcement scholarship

Widow calls run, community playground fitting tributes to fallen mom and Mountie

VIDEO: Victoria airport guests see dinosaur surprise

Two boys dressed as raptors get a shock when their grandmother comes to greet them

POLL: Do you think the penalty should be increased for tossing a burning cigarette from a vehicle?

With grasslands and forests around Vancouver Island and across B.C. reaching tinder… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. Ferries vessel breaks down right before long weekend

Horseshoe Bay-Langdale route impacted most, revised schedule adds 4 a.m. sailings

Weather Canada issues thunderstorm alert for coastal Vancouver Island

Severe thunderstorm watch issued around 4:15 p.m. as storms developed over sections of the Island

Nanaimo man gets jail time for posting explicit photos of ex-girlfriends

Man’s name cannot be revealed to protect victims’ identities

North Island thrift store robbed at knifepoint, say RCMP

Suspect fled on bicycle following Tuesday stick-up

RCMP across Canada to soon unionize, according to B.C. mayor

A spokeswoman for RCMP headquarters in Ottawa says it’s not yet a done deal

Most Read