Monthly Archives: July 2012

Video The Estelle in Gothenburg

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The other day, Estelle was visited by a documentary filmmaker who makes components for Al Jazeera. Element, which reportedly have already been shipped, you can see here. Watch this video of the sip and the people on it. It helps if you understand Arabic:  http://vimeo.com/46683790

David Heap interviewed on Co-op Radio

 

David Heap is a member of the Gaza’s Ark Campaign steering committee. He was on the Canadian Boat to Gaza “Tahrir” last November when the Israeli navy seized it in international waters. All people on board were detained in an Israeli prison and later deported to their respective countries.

David speaks on Co-op radio 102.7 FM, Politics Re-spun, in Vancouver of our new international project, Palestinian participation and the commitment to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza while attempting to sail out of Gaza with Palestinian goods for exports.

David interview on Co-op radio 31JULY2012

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Report back from Vancouver2Gaza delegation

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Gaza’s Ark, as well as previous Freedom Flotilla’s efforts, including the Canadian Boat to Gaza, directly challenges the Israeli blockade of Gaza as a solidarity response to the appeal received by Palestinians of Gaza. To carry on this challenge it is important to be informed on the harsh consequences of the illegal Israeli blockade.

Our work is taking place in Gaza where Palestinians have a port that is underutilized but with a longer view about the Palestinian struggle and with the awareness that in Canada our government is complicit with Israel.

The Vancouver2Gaza delegation, “Resistance Refugees Rights and Return”, that just returned from a weeklong visit to Gaza has recently reported back on the cruel impact of the blockade to an interested audience in Vancouver.

Blogging for trade

by Pam Bailey (Gaza’s Ark steering committee member from the U.S.)

http://vimeo.com/channels/palestiniangandhiproject/24957531

One of the most common questions Westerners ask about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is, “Where are the Palestinian Gandhis?” In other words, if Palestinians just tried renouncing violence and resisting peacefully, they would attract much more sympathy and be more effective in their struggle against Israeli occupation.

But non-violent resistance comes in many different forms and there are many ‘Palestinian Gandhis’! They just need a platform that amplifies their voices. These videos are profiles of a number of “extraordinary ordinary” people in the Gaza Strip who are peacefully advocating for change in whatever way they can.

JeJe is one of our steering committee members from Gaza! Watch this interview with her..

Blogging for trade from Pam Bailey on Vimeo.

Spokesman for Ship to Gaza Attacked in Gothenburg

Gaza’s Ark  is outraged by the attack on Dror Feiler and strongly condemns the use of violence against peaceful human rights activists.

http://www.shiptogaza.se/en/Pressrum/Pressmeddelanden/spokesman-ship-gaza-attacked-gothenburg

2012-07-28

Dror Feiler, a spokesman for Ship to Gaza, was attacked by unknown assailants on Friday night when he was on his way to the organization’s ship, Estelle, which is currently docked at Erikbergskaj in Gothenburg. The man or men attacked Feiler from behind, knocked him to the ground and kicked him several times before they left the scene. Feiler was able to get himself to Estelle, and then to a doctor, who found that no fractures had resulted from the assault.

Dror Feiler reported the assault to the police on Friday. He says in his statement about the incident:

“We in Ship to Gaza have been met with fantastic support during our trip along the whole of the Swedish coast, from Umeå to Gothenburg. Everywhere people have flocked to the ship and left donations for our work towards lifting the blockade on the people of the Gaza Strip. Unfortunately we have also been the target of threats in social media, threats which we obviously must take seriously. It is sad that voluntary work being done for human rights, peace and justice can arouse aggression in some people.”

Ship to Gaza’s schooner, Estelle, will be docked in Gothenburg until 1 August, when she will continue her 5000-nautical-mile voyage to Gaza with the goal of ending the blockade.

Ship to Gaza-Sweden

www.shiptogaza.se

Spokespersons:

Dror Feiler: +46 702855777

Mattias Gardell: +46 703036666

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One year after Greece stopped Freedom Flotilla

The struggle to end Gaza blockade continues

http://canadiandimension.com/articles/4849/

DAVID HEAP AND EHAB LOTAYEF | July 27th 2012 |

The five delegates on the Tahrir who were apprehended in international waters and jailed in an Israeli prison

One year after the Greek government bowed to pressure and enforced he outsourced Israeli blockade of Gaza, the international movement to challenge the blockade is still very much afloat: we may change our tactics, but not our objectives. Our new campaign to challenge the blockade from the inside out emphasizes the fundamental importance of freedom of movement for Palestinians.

On July 4, 2011, the Canadian boat Tahrir left the port of Aghios Nikolaos (in Crete, Greece) bound for Gaza. After days of waiting for official clearance in the face of increasing bureaucratic and political obstacles, we decided to defy a Greek government ban on Freedom Flotilla departures and simply cast off. There were more than 40 people on board the Tahrir: a wide range of delegates from Australia, Belgium, Denmark and Canada as well as journalists from various countries. Our Greek captain and crew had been replaced for the occasion by volunteers — we were lucky to have among us delegates with professional maritime experience, from engineer to ship’s officers.

Gaza’s Ark floats hope one year after Greece stopped Freedom Flotilla 2

 

http://guests.blogactiv.eu/2012/07/27/gaza%E2%80%99s-ark-floats-hope-one-year-after-greece-stopped-freedom-flotilla-2/#comment-14550

By David Heap and Ehab Lotayef. 

David & Ehab return to Canada after being released from Israeli prison

One year after the Greek government bowed to pressure and enforced he outsourced Israeli blockade of Gaza, the international movement to challenge the blockade is still very much afloat: we may change our tactics, but not our objectives. Our new campaign to challenge the blockade from the inside out emphasizes the fundamental importance of freedom of movement for Palestinians.

On July 4, 2011 the Canadian boat Tahrir left the port of Aghios Nikolaos (in Crete, Greece) bound for Gaza. After days of waiting for official clearance in the face of increasing bureaucratic and political obstacles, we decided to defy a Greek government ban on Freedom Flotilla departures and simply cast off. There were more than 40 people on board the Tahrir: a wide range of delegates from Australia, Belgium, Denmark and Canada as well as journalists from various countries. Our Greek captain and crew had been replaced for the occasion by volunteers– we were lucky to have among us delegates with professional maritime experience, from engineer to ship’s officers.

Fishing in Gaza under fire

Fishing in Gaza is under threat from the 3 nautical mile limit imposed by Israel. Often this limit is even shorter and the response by the Israeli navy is invariably shooting towards the boat to force it back.

This video shows what happened on one recent trip when Gaza’s Ark activist and film maker Jase Tanner accompanied Palestinian fishers on one of their routine sailing. Particularly interesting is the image of the fisherman kissing the big fish they caught. Because of overfishing in the reduced area, the fish are usually very small, the size of sardines. Catching a fish this big is very rare.

It was filmed in July 2012.

Fishing in Gaza under fire

One year after Greece stopped Freedom Flotilla: The struggle to end Gaza blockade continues

 

BY  DAVID HEAP EHAB LOTAYEF
JULY 26, 2012

Greek authorities forcibly prevented the Tahrir from sailing to Gaza last July

 One year after the Greek government bowed to pressure and enforced he outsourced Israeli blockade of Gaza, the international movement to challenge the blockade is still very much afloat: we may change our tactics, but not our objectives. Our new campaign to challenge the blockade from the inside out emphasizes the fundamental importance of freedom of movement for Palestinians.

On July 4, 2011 the Canadian boat Tahrir left the port of Aghios Nikolaos (in Crete, Greece) bound for Gaza. After days of waiting for official clearance in the face of increasing bureaucratic and political obstacles, we decided to defy a Greek government ban on Freedom Flotilla departures and simply cast off. There were more than 40 people on board the Tahrir: a wide range of delegates from Australia, Belgium, Denmark and Canada as well as journalists from various countries. Our Greek captain and crew had been replaced for the occasion by volunteers — we were lucky to have among us delegates with professional maritime experience, from engineer to ship’s officers.

New campaign challenges blockade a year after Greece blocked flotilla to Gaza

 

by David Heap and Ehab Lotayef on July 26, 2012

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/07/new-campaign-challenges-blockade-a-year-after-greece-blocked-flotilla-to-gaza.html

Fisherman from Gaza risking Israeli attack return to port, 2011. (Photo: Furlong/Getty Images)

One year after the Greek government bowed to pressure and enforced the outsourced Israeli blockade of Gaza, the international movement to challenge the blockade is still very much afloat: we may change our tactics, but not our objectives. Our new campaign to challenge the blockade from the inside out emphasizes the fundamental importance of freedom of movement for Palestinians.

On July 4, 2011 the Canadian boat Tahrir left the port of Aghios Nikolaos (in Crete, Greece) bound for Gaza. After days of waiting for official clearance in the face of increasing bureaucratic and political obstacles, we decided to defy a Greek government ban on Freedom Flotilla departures and simply cast off. There were more than 40 people on board the Tahrir: a wide range of delegates from Australia, Belgium, Denmark and Canada as well as journalists from various countries. Our Greek captain and crew had been replaced for the occasion by volunteers– we were lucky to have among us delegates with professional maritime experience, from engineers to ship’s officers.