The week started with the winch being removed from our fishing vessel, the first step in our vessel being transformed from a fishing trawler into a cargo vessel.
FM 96.9 Plains On Demand – New Zealand
Earthwise – Michael Coleman, Australian activist in Gaza
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20 May 2013
Dr. Mona El-Farra has recorded a short video as she has been trapped in Gaza due to the latest closure of the border, this time by the Egyptian authorities. Her national speaking tour of Australia is in jeopardy but we are hopeful she will be able to travel soon along with the thousands of other Palestinians who are waiting at the Rafah border crossing.
"This is the reality of being in the world's largest prison…"
Dr. Mona El-Farra is with the Red Crescent Society for the Gaza Strip. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of Gaza's Ark based in Gaza.
May 20, 2013
Ann Wright gave a presentation on Gaza's Ark in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Gerry and Sinead MacLochlainn and Phil McCollough of the Irish Boat to Gaza helped organize the event.
Irish Friends of Palestine send delegations to Gaza several times a year.
Ann Wright is a retired Army Reserve colonel and a 29-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserves. She was also a diplomat in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She resigned from the Department of State on March 19, 2003, in opposition to the Iraq war. She is the co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience” (http://www.voicesofconscience.com).
This week we talk with the two spokespersons for Gaza’s Ark here in Canada, David Heap and Ehab Lotayef, who update us on the project and what people here can do to help. We reached David in Italy where he is promoting the Ark project and then spoke with Ehab in Montreal.
Our final piece of music is by Lebanese singer Marcel Khalife, Walking Tall, and we dedicate it to the proud Gazan people who continue to walk tall and resist the Israeli occupation until they are able to live free and with dignity.
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by Michael Coleman
17 May 2013
This has been a productive week for Gaza’s Ark, we were excited to announce that we have finally purchased the fishing vessel that we will now converted into Gaza’s Ark, plus we had our second release of Palestinian products that will be exported aboard the Ark. While on the personal front I spent a night on the water doing some accompaniment work with Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza and also spent some time in the Jabalia Refugee Camp.
On the 65th commemoration of the Nakba, the struggle continues:
We have purchased Gaza’s Ark
With your help, we will sail towards justice
When Palestinians and other people of conscience mark Nakba (Catastrophe) Day on May 15, they insist that the world acknowledge the history of Palestinian dispossession since 1948. As world leaders have ignored Palestinian dispossession in general, they have also ignored the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza under the Israeli blockade. Gaza's Ark is a people-to-people campaign to force the injustices faced by Palestinians in Gaza back onto the world's agenda.
We are excited to announce today that we have bought the boat that will become Gaza's Ark!
The army's comments follow reports by Israeli rights group B'Tselem that the army had failed to investigate cases of civilian deaths sufficiently, particularly those where it found the military may have been in violation of international law.
"Because the military refuses to provide real information about incidents in which Palestinians who did not take part in the hostilities were harmed, B’Tselem is unable to investigate the lawfulness of each and every military strike during the operation," a report issued Thursday by the rights group read.