Planning to launch new Freedom Flotilla to Challenge Blockade

July 28, 2014

for immediate release 

For more information:
Ehab Lotayef (Gaza's Ark/Canada) +1 (514) 941-9792 lotayef@gmail.com
David Heap  (Gaza's Ark/Canada) +1 (519) 859-3579 david.heap@gmail.com
Robert Naiman (Gaza's Ark/USA) +1 (217) 979-2857 naiman@justforeignpolicy.org
James Godfrey (Gaza's Ark/Australia) +61 0424 340630 freegazaaustralia@gmail.com
Zohar Chamberlain Regev (Rumbo a Gaza/Spain) +34 (647) 077-426  zohar995@nodo50.org
Dror Feiler (StG-Sweden) +46 (70) 285-5777 dror.feiler@gmail.com
İzzet Shahin (IHH/Turkey) +90 (530) 341 2134 izzetsahin@ihh.org.tr
 

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition

Condemns Israeli Attacks on Gaza, Ongoing Blockade, and International Complicity

Planning to launch new Freedom Flotilla to Challenge Blockade

Amira Hass: Israel’s moral defeat will haunt us for years

We have passed 1,000 dead Palestinians. How many more?

Palestinian rescuers removing body in Khan Yunis-July 2014By Amira Hass | Jul. 28, 2014

If victory is measured in the number of dead, then Israel and its army are big winners. From the time I wrote these words on Saturday, and by the time you read them on Sunday, the number will no longer be 1,000 (70-80 percent civilians) but even more.

How many more? Ten bodies, 18? Three more pregnant women? Five dead children, their eyes half-open, their mouths gaping, their baby teeth poking out, their shirts covered with blood and they are being carried on a single stretcher? If victory means causing the enemy to pile up a number of slaughtered children on one stretcher, since there are not enough stretchers, then you have won, Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon – you and the nation that admires you.

Letter from Gaza by a Norwegian doctor

Mads Frederick Gilbert (centre) at Al-Shifa hospital on July 17Dearest friends,

The last night was extreme. The "ground invasion" of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza's hospitals are working 12-24 hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!

Opinion/Editorial: No ceasefire without justice for Gaza

Gaza civil society statement-July 2014The Electronic Intifada 
Gaza Strip 
22 July 2014
As academics, public figures and activists witnessing the intended genocide of 1.8 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, we call for a ceasefire with Israel only if conditioned on an end to the blockade and the restoration of basic freedoms that have been denied to the people for more than seven years.

Andreasson: Photo report from Gaza

Charlie Andreasson, a Swedish international, is in Gaza. He has been collaborating with the refurbishing of Gaza's Ark for several months before the boat was bombed by the Israeli navy. Charlie has also been a human shield with other internationals at the El-Wafa hospital that eventually was bombed by Israel.

Charlie reports from Gaza. He sends these photos taken in the last few hours that reflect the expressions of distress and worry of Palestinians on the streets of Gaza.

ISM Swedish activist, Andreasson: “Israel violated Geneva Convention”

Israeli army bombs hospitals in GazaCity. The situation became much worse when Tel Aviv government decided to start the land invasion.

by Giovanni Vigna

Mantova, 18th July 2014, Nena News – “El Wafa Hospital has been partly destroyed. All people who were inside the building at the moment of the Israeli massive attack, that happened on the 17th of July at 21, have been evacuated to Al Sahaba medical complex. Luckily, at the moment, there are no dead”.These are the dramatic words of Swedish volunteer, Charlie Andreasson, who was engaged with other six foreign volunteers in a protection activity of El Wafa Hospital, the patients and the staff.

Hospital attacked: International human shields in Gaza available for interview

for immediate release   (Thursday 17 July, 2014, 14:50 EDT) 

According to international volunteers at the El-Wafa geriatric Hospital in Gaza City, Palestine, the hospital is currently under attack!

"The civilian population of Gaza is being bombed. We will stay with them in solidarity until the international community and our governments take action to stop Israel's crimes against humanity," stated Swedish International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist, Fred Ekblad.

The volunteers are citizens of USA, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, France, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.  “Windows and doors have been blown out, broken glass is everywhere, there is damage to the stairs and a big hole at the impact area,” reports Joe Catron, ISM activist from the U.S.

Basman Alashi, Executive Director of the hospital has said that the hospital will not be evacuated, as there is nowhere to evacuate the patients. "El-Wafa Hospital serves patients that need medical attention 24 hours a day, including patients who cannot move, and people who need to be fed by tube. This hospital is the only one in Gaza specialising in the rehabilitation of people who need physical and occupational therapy. All of their patients are over 60 years old. These men and women and they do not understand why the Israeli forces are firing rockets at the hospital as it serves humanity."

Minutes ago, Joe Catron (U.S. citizen) tweeted 

@jncatron Director of #Gaza's el-Wafa hospital @Bmedhat says power's been cut & every floor is being shelled. #GazaUnderAttack

Why Did Israel Target Gaza’s Ark?

by Ehab Lotayef – The Huffington Post

After being kidnapped from international waters, imprisoned in Israel, then deported for being on the Canadian boat to Gaza challenging Israel's illegal blockage of the Gaza Strip in November 2011, I was only more determined to continue challenging that inhuman, unjustified and illegal blockade of a civilian population.

Gaza report: War against civilians

14th July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

The war is now in its seventh day, the death toll is rising briskly, 17,000 people have fled Beit Lahia in the north after the threat of a land invasion, fishermen are prevented from accessing their fishing grounds, and sewer and water pipes for 70,000 people have been bombed.

It is no longer a question that the Israeli military is targeting civilians, and civilian infrastructure.

Charlie Andreasson

 

Charlie Andreasson

News coverage about Gaza on Radio Pacifica

On radio Pacifica – KPFA94.1 on July 13, 2014
http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/104667

Reporting includes comments by:

Robert Naiman @ 4 min & 25 sec into the news cast
Ehab Lotayef @ 5 min & 55 sec into the news cast