Mike Treen (New Zealand/Aotearoa)
Sailing on Al Awda, ‘The Return’
Mike has now been released from unlawful detention in Israel.
Read Mike’s account of his participation on the Freedom Flotilla:
‘How I got hijacked, kidnapped, tasered, cracked ribs and a fractured foot at the hands of the Israeli military in international waters‘ – published on Unite union website (13 September 2018).
This is an exchange of letters between Mike and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Peters relating to the behaviour of the NZ Honorary Consul in Israel during Mike’s unlawful detention in Israel as a result of his trying to break the siege of Gaza and deliver medical supplies to that part of Palestine.
Here are some reports re Mike’s experiences:
The New Zealand Model: Unwavering international solidarity with Palestine – Al Arabiya (19 August, 2018)
Mission accomplished: Why solidarity boats to Gaza succeed despite failing to break the siege – article written by Ramzy Baroud in Palestine Chronicle and reported in Middle East Monitor and also on our partner Kia Ora Gaza’s website here.
Treen: NZ diplomat in Israel ‘unfit to continue in that role’
How I got hijacked, kidnapped, tasered, cracked ribs and a fractured foot! – The Daily Blog (10 September 2018) via our partner Kia Ora Gaza.
Mike Treen from New Zealand/Aotearoa is the National Director of the Unite Union, and a veteran human rights defender.
Here is Mike’s first report on the flotilla as it prepared to depart Palermo, Sicily, for Gaza: https://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2018/07/22/report-from-the-freedom-flotilla-by-mike-treen/
Mike also tells the story of fellow New Zealander and Palestinian Youssef Sammour who sailed with the Freedom from Amsterdam to Palermo.