Michael Coleman arrives in Gaza

Michael in Gaza-Day 1Michael Coleman is a member of Free Gaza Australia. He is a social justice activist …or rather “kayaktivist”. The term was coined when he and Soha Kneen, from Canada, attempted in July 2011 to stop a Greek coastguard boat from pursuing the Canadian ship, the Tahrir, in her attempt to leave the Greek port and make it to international waters towards Gaza. Michael and Soha put their kayaks in front of the Greek boat risking to be slammed into. They succeeded in delaying the Greek fast boat but not long enough, and eventually the Tahrir was stopped and forced to return to port.

Michael was back on the Tahrir in November 2011 during the “Freedom Waves to Gaza” mission. This time the Tahrir and the Irish ship Saoirse, were forcibly attacked in international waters by the Israeli navy and taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod. All crew of the two ships were held in an Israeli prison for up to six days.

Today Michael is in Gaza where he will be for several weeks working with our Palestinian partners in refurbishing a boat for Gaza’s Ark to be loaded with Palestinian products for export (see Mission Statement).

Michael is seen in this photo handing medicines donated by Gaza’s Ark to Dr. Mona ElFarra of the Red Crescent Society of the Gaza Strip.  Dr. ElFarra is a member of Gaza’s Ark Advisory Committee

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