Monthly Archives: August 2012

Israeli warships deliberately flooding Palestinian fishing boats

 

Video photographer Mohammad Mashharawi of Media Company Town spotted Israeli warships deliberately flooding Palestinian fishing boats near the coast of Gaza. These abuses are possible in the absence of any international control or internationalists in the area. Under Israeli occupation Israel commits frequent crimes against Palestinian fishermen and encourages such harassment in the absence of any mechanisms of accountability to deter these crimes against civilians.

This type of action makes it necessary to have a presence in Gaza to challenge the Israeli blockade and provide hope to Palestinians that they will soon regain their dignity. Gaza’s Ark is working closely with the people of Gaza.

We ask for your support to rebuild a boat in Gaza and sail it with Palestinian goods for export. Help Gaza to raise the awareness of the abuses they are subjected to.

Rachel Corrie’s humanity to live on with ‘Gaza’s Ark’

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie was born on April 10, 1979, and raised in Olympia, Washington, in the US. She was the youngest of the three children of Craig and Cindy Corrie. Rachel’s mother Cindy describes their family as “average Americans, politically liberal, economically conservative, middle class”.

Even as a young girl, Rachel stood in front of adults and talked about human rights. After graduating from college at 23, Rachel’s commitment to human rights took her to a small city of Rafah in the Palestinian enclave called Gaza — about as far from Olympia as humanly possible.

In Palestine, Rachel volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), bearing witness to Israel’s daily violations of international law against the 1.4 million people who lived there.

Rachel’s main task in Rafah was stopping the Israeli Occupation Force [IOF] from demolishing Palestinian houses along the border with Egypt to create a “security” zone. At the time, the Israeli military had demolished 1700 homes in Rafah, an action human rights groups said was collective punishment.

You Will Never Make It

By Greta Berlin

POSTED IN NEWS

London, UK, August 23, 2012

Four years ago, 44 bedraggled passengers on two rickety boats sailed into the port of Gaza. They were the first international passengers to enter this tiny port in 41 years. Members of the Free Gaza movement, these sailors had spent two years, over $700,000 and untold hardships to land that day, met by over 40,000 cheering Palestinians standing on every piece of rock, sand and grass that dotted the coast near Gaza City.

Cynics said they would never make it. The Israeli military had been threatening their organizers for weeks, stating they would never let the two fishing boats enter the port of Gaza. The group had raised money from around the world; women on social security sending their checks, sailors from the USS Liberty donating their pension checks, a swelling grassroots movement determined to break Israel’s illegal siege on 1.5 million Palestinians.

Now the book, Freedom Sailors (www.freedomsailors.com), has been published; a love story to the people of Gaza and a confirmation they will not be forgotten. The story is told by 24 people who were either passengers or were waiting in Gaza for the boats to arrive. Proceeds from the book will go to Gaza’s Ark http://gazaark.org/, a new project where Palestinians will build the boat in Gaza and sail out to Europe loaded with products from the people there. Other proceeds will go to the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, http://www.gcmhp.net/en/

Mahfouz Kabariti, head of the Palestine Association for Fishing and Marine Sports and project manager for Gaza’s Ark stated, “Really it was the nicest dream for us to receive these two ships coming into Gaza without having to ask permission from Israel occupation force.  For the first time since 1967, boats appeared on the horizon, a signal to us that we were not forgotten. Now we will build a boat to sail out of Gaza.”

Contact:

Greta Berlin, +33 607 374 512 Freedom4Sailors@gmail.com

Bill Dienst, MD, +1 509 322-2595, Freedom4Sailors@gmail.com

Mahfouz Kabariti +970599745666, kabariti80@hotmail.com

Ehab Lotayef, Gaza’s Ark & Canadian organizer +1.514.941.9792, lotayef@gmail.com

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Call for Cross-Canada and International Day of Action for Gaza Fishers and Farmers: September 30, 2012

Gaza’s Ark endorses this call and will be present in support of Palestinians. Our own mission is to disclose the illegality of the Israeli blockade of Gaza. We work with the Palestine Sailing Federation and the Fishermen’s Solidarity Campaign in Gaza. WE encourage everyone to attend and participate!

http://www.vancouver2gaza.org/dayofaction/

A call from the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in Palestine

The farmers and fishers of Gaza, Palestine are under siege as they work to defend their land and sea from occupation and continue their harvest and their livelihoods. Many people in Gaza have always relied on the land and the sea for their livelihood. Generations of Palestinian fishers have worked the sea, and farmers harvested the land, to support their communities and their lives. Today, the fishers and farmers of Gaza are under attack – braving death and imprisonment to continue to harvest the land and sea. The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) in Palestine has called for international action and solidarity to support fishers and farmers under siege.

The UAWC, a grassroots organization that works to support Palestinian agricultural workers and develop their steadfastness on their land, connected with the Vancouver Delegation to Gaza on our recent delegation, and has initiated a call to organizations across Canada, and around the world, to hold events, actions and protests in solidarity with Fishers and Farmers under attack in Gaza and throughout Palestine on a Day of Action on Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Planning for Gaza’s Ark Underway

 

http://www.civilbeat.com/posts/2012/08/19/16890-planning-for-gazas-ark-underway/

The Friends House in Manoa hosted a gathering of peace-and-justice advocates at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 1. Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army colonel and State Department officer who is a U.S. and international leader in the pursuit of peace and dignity for all human beings, addressed the group. (Ann became a Hawaii resident in 2000. When not traveling in furtherance of many progressive causes, she maintains close solidarity with a number of statewide organizations and persons whose particular passion is to effect a just and lasting solution to the tragedy embroiling Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land even as that tragedy entangles the United States in economic, diplomatic, legal, and moral dilemmas.) She gave background and current status of the most recent attempt by activists supporting the legitimate rights and aspirations of the people of Palestine as they seek freedom from oppression by Israel.

Gaza’s Ark present at Al-Quds day in Toronto

Sandra Ruch is a member of the Gaza’s Ark steering committee. She spoke at Al-Quds Day rally in Toronto – 2012

2012 Al-Quds Rally Toronto -Speech by Sandra Ruch, Jewish organizer of the Canadian Boat to Gaza

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L’Arca di Gaza trasporta speranza un anno dopo che la Grecia ha bloccato la Freedom Flotilla 2

 

di David Heap e Ehab Lotayef
pubblicato su Blogactiv Team – 27 luglio 2012

Sailing from Palestine against the Blockade

Ad un anno da quando il governo greco ha ceduto alle pressioni e rafforzato il blocco israeliano su Gaza dall’esterno, il movimento internazionale per sfidare il blocco resta ancora decisamente a galla: possiamo cambiare tattica, ma non il nostro obiettivo. La nostra nuova campagna per sfidare il blocco dall’interno verso l’esterno sottolinea la fondamentale importanza della libertà di movimento per i palestinesi.

Il 4 luglio 2011, l’imbarcazione canadese Tahrir ha lasciato il porto di Aghios Nikolaos (Creta, Grecia) diretta a Gaza. Dopo giorni di attesa per l’autorizzazione ufficiale, di fronte a sempre maggiori ostacoli burocratici e politici, decidemmo di sfidare il veto del governo greco alla partenza della Freedom Flotilla e semplicemente salpammo. C’erano più di 40 persone a bordo della Tahrir: una vasta rappresentanza di delegati da Australia, Belgio, Danimarca e Canada, come anche giornalisti di vari Paesi. Il nostro capitano greco e l’equipaggio erano stati sostituiti per l’occasione da volontari – simo stati fortunati ad avere tra noi delegati con esperienza marittima professionale, da ingegneri a ufficiali di bordo.

“Build an Ark in Gaza” flashmob in Toronto

 

Gaza’s Ark activists sing and dance at Toronto’s HarbourFront (ferry docks to the Toronto Island, popular with summer crowds).

Gaza Under Siege

Egypt Daily News: International flotilla sets sail to break Gaza blockade

Estelle, a ship voyaging to break the Gaza blockade has begun its journey from Sweden

This latest attempt to break the siege is organised by the Swedish based Ship to Gaza initiative which is being ai

ded by a coalition called Freedom Flotilla III. Organisations aiding the Ship to Gaza-Sweden umbrella organisationinclude organisations in France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Canada, the United States, and Australia.Mikael Löfgren, the media coordinator for the initiative has said that there are organisations “from all over the world but the main coalition is with organisations along the way.”Estelle is now in Norway after arriving there on Friday. The ship is expected to reach Gaza “sometime within October” said Löfgren.

A screen capture image of SV Estelle, from the Youtube video

The Estelle

Throughout its journey the ship will raise awareness of the Gaza blockade. Estelle will make several stops on its way to Gaza in which there will be “speakers, concerts and public festivals providing information about the situation in Gaza.”Dror Feiler, Swedish-Israeli musician and one of the spokespersons of the initiative, said in a video released by the group “after the two flotillas, we have decided of course that we have to continue because the siege is still on and we have said and we will say it again and again that as long as the siege exists, we will come, and again and again until the siege is lifted totally and permanently.”

Video: Estelle is sailing to break the siege on Gaza

III Freedom Flotilla.

 

Published on Aug 1, 2012 by 

Estelle, a beautiful sailing ship, is going to play a key role in Freedom Flotilla’s renewed attempt to break the blockade on Gaza. This summer we will be launching an entirely new project. This time, we are going to sail from Umeå [in northern Sweden] to Gaza, stopping on the way at ports in the Baltic Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. At each stop, there will be speakers, concerts and public festivals providing information about the situation in Gaza. We will be bringing a cargo of necessities that have been requested by the non-partisan, independent organizations in Gaza that we work together with.

More info:
http://www.shiptogaza.se/en
http://www.gazaark.org
Twitter: #flotilla #svEstelle
Facebook: Freedom Flotilla Coalition