|ITEM 1 - Wages to be paid to shipbuilders & apprentices in Gaza for the project $30,000||
ITEM 2a - Fiberglass: $4,000
ITEM 2b – Material for general repairs, sanding, and painting:
CONTRIBUTED BY DONORS
ITEM 3 - Supplies for steel work and hull reinforcement
(ribs, longitudinal, deck)
ITEM 4 - Woodwork supplies for inside hull, engine room & deck
ITEM 5 - Plumbing supplies,
fresh water tank, etc.
ITEM 6 - 2 lifeboats
ITEM 7 - Combined navigation system
(Radar, satellite GPS)
ITEM 8 - Communication system (VHS, 2 satellite phones w/accessories)
ITEM 9 - Life jackets
(10 are still needed; 5 purchased)
ITEM 10 - Marine Diesel generator
|ITEM 11 - Electrical supplies and systems (sockets, lighting and projectors) $7,000||
ITEM 12 - Anchor winch
ITEM 13 - Pumps (2 bilge, 1 freshwater, 1 wastewater, 1 fire fighter)
ITEM 14 - Firefighting system
ITEM 15 - Plumbing system
FULLY CONTRIBUTED BY
14 Friends of Palestine
|ITEM 16 - Supplies for accommodations (steering cabin, 3 bed crew cabin, 8 passenger bed cabin, kitchenette, 1 full bathroom, half bathroom) $6,500|
ITEM 17 - Fuel
ITEM 18 - Food storage, fridge and food.
CONTRIBUTED BY DONORS
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ITEM 2a – Fiberglass generously donated by Carla and Naomi Wallace
ITEM 14 – Partial donation made by Linda Frank to honor her dad, John E. Frank, a NYC firefighter of 33 years
ITEM 18 - Food storage, fridge and food, generously donated by the 2013 Sponsored Diet for Palestine
10 December 2013
When I finally entered the Gaza Strip on October 18, 2012, I wept. The trip across the Sinai and the crossing at the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza (as described in detail by my colleagues Máire Noonan and Verena Stresing) seemed long and fraught. This was my fourth attempt to reach Gaza, so it was emotional for me to finally arrive. We were there for a linguistics conference, and had the opportunity to meet some wonderful young people who were thirsting for contact with the outside world. We felt lucky to be able to travel there and meet them, and to enjoy some legendary Palestinian hospitality.
Our timing was indeed very lucky: the same trip a year later would be impossible, since the Egyptian military has since closed down that crossing.
Since the July 2012 coup and the Egyptian military's xenophobic scapegoating of Palestinians, the crackdown at the Rafah crossing has become brutal. The stories of individuals unable to cross are heartbreaking: students losing their academic year and in some cases scholarships because they cannot enroll, sick patients suffering because they cannot reach needed treatments, families kept apart, and worse. The systemic effects are even worse, as lack of fuel limits electricity supplies, which in turn means failure of critical infrastructure: kids wading through sewage on the way to school and having to study by candle-light while hospitals are unable to keep life-saving equipment powered up.
These increasingly unlivable conditions in Gaza are an unnatural human disaster, and entirely preventable. The Israeli blockade and the Egyptian enforcement of it on one side are both political choices by governments that subject Palestinian civilians in Gaza to miserable conditions for political motives. These political choices are in turn enabled by the complicit silence of the governments we elect. So the Palestinians in Gaza know that they cannot depend on governments, only on international civil society — people of conscience the world over — to draw attention on their plight.
For some years I have been working with civil society groups opposing the blockade of Gaza. But you don't have to join our grassroots direct actions in person to support our efforts to challenge the blockade, or join the more than 10 000 people worldwide who have signed a petition initiated by young Palestinians in Gaza calling for the complete opening of the Rafah border in both directions. As an educator, I can't help thinking about the young Palestinians we met in Gaza. Depriving them of freedom of movement means condemning them to a future without hope: if we allow that, we can hardly be surprised if some of them turn to hopeless actions.
Personal emotional responses aside, my ability to travel to Gaza is of course not the real issue. What is really at stake here is one of the basic human rights that the occupation deprives Palestinians of on a regular basis: the right to travel about their land, to leave and return to their country. Freedom of movement, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is fundamental for everything from education and health care to the ability to earn a living and see your family.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the Israeli blockade on Gaza and restrictions on freedom of movement throughout Palestine amount to collective punishment, a violation of fundamental human rights. On Human Rights Day (or any other day), you can learn more about lack of freedom of movement imposed on the West Bank Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh by the same occupation, its effect on people's livelihoods as well as what you can do to about it in this Write for Rights action featured by Amnesty International. Although the situations vary in different parts of Palestine, the overarching violation of the right of freedom of movement is a constant of the occupation.
The urgent need for a comprehensive action on the disastrous situation in Gaza has largely been ignored.
The shutdown of Gaza's only power plant has led to a humanitarian crisis across the strip [AP]
The cycle is occurring again. The Gaza Strip, and the 1.7 million Palestinians who live there, periodically force their way into international headlines, driven by a crisis so urgent they can no longer be ignored. Politicians wring their hands; activists and relief agencies issue calls for help and organise convoys of supplies and volunteers; and the media practice pack journalism by running a story or two. Then, once conditions are no longer quite so dire, the world's attention veers on to the next tragedy, or to affairs that more directly affect the superpowers that set the agenda.
Meanwhile, the underlying problems fester on, waiting to burst forth again a few months down the road, in a never-ending cycle of futility and hopelessness.
High-tech machine was supposed to offer solution to Israel’s security concerns about Gazan exports.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has canceled a gala ceremony planned for Sunday to inaugurate a new container scanner donated by the Netherlands to Israel’s border crossing with the Gaza Strip, due to Israel’s refusal to view the high-tech machine as grounds for allowing exports fromGaza to the West Bank to resume.
Saturday November 30th was a wonderful day in Gaza.
Over 200 children, aged from 4 to 15 years assembled at the Gaza Port. They came from several children’s associations, along with 60 adult volunteers, as well as high school and university students aged 15-22.
They were there to launch around 200 mini arks into the sea, to symbolically challenge the illegal and immoral Israeli blockade of Gaza. These mini-Arks, 40cm-long model-boats sponsored by people across the world, were taken out on the water a short distance by the children in small fishing boats, to be carefully lowered into the sea. Like messages in a bottle, the boats were tasked with the awesome responsibility of carrying the children’s cry for help to the outside world. Trapped in a small stretch of land that is the Gaza Strip, children there want their freedom, just like all the adults do. They want the brutal siege of their land to end. The younger children all had paper mini arks and Palestinian flags to carry.
Palestinians and Internationals worked together to make the event a huge success. The weather cooperated too, with sunshine streaming down onto the many smiling faces of the children. After all they have been through, the opportunity for a moments escape from their daily realities was much deserved and needed. Most of these children remember the Israeli attacks of Dec. 2008 – Jan. 2009 and November 2012, that left so many traumatized, so it was wonderful to see the excitement and sheer joy on their faces that such a simple act of solidarity created!
About 120 mini arks were successfully launched. Then the wind picked up, and it was considered unsafe for the final trips out in the fishing boats, so another event will be arranged with the remaining mini arks. Stay tuned!
We would like to thank every one of you who made this happen:
- sponsors of mini-Arks who donated over $9,000 to cover the cost of construction, with left over money to go to Gaza’s Ark;
- all donors, shareholders and supporters of Gaza’s Ark for always supporting Gaza's Ark;
- carpenters, blacksmiths, tailors and other boat builders who did a superb job laboring in extremely frustrating conditions due to the frequent power cuts, yet produced lovely model-boats and to the children who painted them;
- teachers and other organizers who got the many children to the right place at the right time, in orderly queues, and kept them safe;
- the many photographers and videographers who took, and shared, photos and videos for us all to enjoy;
- the 384 people who signed up for Thunderclap to jump start the twitter trending and the host of individuals who supported the twitter trending campaign (#GazaKids trended in several places including Australia, Vietnam, Vancouver, California, Toronto, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, London, Venice, Milan, Rome, Naples, and Athens);
- the people who organized local solidarity events all over the world, from a snowy market place in London, Ontario to a prison in Greece, from a South African school to a Swiss lake, from a Californian garden to a Spanish town, using origami boats, banners, flags, and more;
- and last, but not least, thank you to our team in GAZA, and our Project Manager who came up with the idea and designed the mini-Arks. The team put it all together and made it happen, along with the teachers, parents, and the 39 student volunteers.
Please enjoy the videos of the event:
Many more photos here:
Thank you everyone for giving the children in Gaza a wonderful day!
Gaza's Ark Steering Committee
Palestinian fishermen say they cannot meet demand in Gaza due to Israel's naval blockade on the territory and limit of six nautical miles (11 km) in which they can take out their boats off shore. Israel eased the blockade somewhat in 2010 after an Israeli commando raid on a ship in an activist flotilla bent on reaching Gaza left nine Turks dead and raised an international uproar, but Palestinians say the gestures were not enough. On Monday, Gaza's Coalition Intifada group said about 200 youths boarded fishing boats heading out of Gaza City toward the fishing zone boundary, before returning to shore. Organizers said some boats crossed the six-mile maritime limit. “We have sent a message of solidarity with the fishermen and a message to the world that they must act to end the Gaza blockade,” said Shorouq Mahmoud, the group's spokeswoman.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said none of the boats breached the fishing zone limit. Israeli forces have regularly shot at Gaza boats seen as trying to breach the blockade. Israel tightened its land blockade on Gaza after Hamas took control of the enclave in 2007. http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=332938
Similar story: http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201312022152-0023226
The action on November 30 with the launching of about 200 mini Arks by Palestinian children of Gaza was a great success in bringing joy and hope to those children and all who participated. Here are some videos:
This video is in Arabic with interviews to children and showing mini Arks at sea.
The following is a video report from KTV2 in English
The following video posted in Italian reports that 190 mini boats 40 cm long have been launched into the sea of Gaza to symbolically break the siege in advance of the sailing of Gaza's Ark next Spring.
This is from Rosa Schiano in Gaza
You will find here resources for the #GazaKids Twitter campaign for Saturday Nov 30th including tweets, as well photos and videos we receive.
Suggested #GazaKids tweets (copy and paste on your Twitter — remember, retweets don't count for determining trending topics)
Tweets with #GazaKids we have seen (copy and paste on your twitter)
Photos / videos of #GazaKids (use for distribution)