Freedom Flotilla III: An interview with Bob Lovelace

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rabble spoke with Bob Lovelace at 9:00 a.m. on July 5.

He arrived at his home near Kingston late at night on July 3 after being detained in Givon prison in Israel. He was aboard Freedom Flotilla III, four ships sailing across the Mediterranean to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.

His ship, the Marianne, was boarded and illegally seized by the Israeli navy in International water around 2:00 a.m. local time on June 30.

Lovelace was detained in Givon prison for 72 hours before being transferred to detention in Ben Gurion airport on July 2 and deported to Canada on July 3.

Bob Lovelace is a professor at Queen's University and also an Indigenous activist who sees colonization parallels between Canadian Indigenous peoples and the people of Palestine. He was also a member of the first Freedom Flotilla which sailed to Gaza in 2010. That mission ended in tragedy when Israeli military boarded one of the ships and killed nine Turkish activists.

In this interview, he details what happened the night the Israelis seized his ship -- a night the Israel Defense Forces described as "uneventful."

Update: Other detained and arrested members of the Flotilla are now home, as of Monday July 6, 2015. Read the press release from the Freedom Flotilla Coalition here.

Big thanks to Megan Devlin, rabble's summer news intern for getting the conversation with Bob Lovelace on Sunday, July 5.



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