Category Archives: Call to action
Thank you to everyone who donated in response to our recent appeal. You helped us raise a significant portion of the amount needed to fund the electrical work.
Many of the donors, however, were people who have given before. We don't want to keep asking the same people over and over again, so this time we are asking you to help in a completely different way. We still need another $80,000 before we can set sail, and we need to tell as many people as possible about our project to generate even more interest worldwide.
Gaza's Ark, along with our Freedom Flotilla Coalition partners representing civil society solidarity organizations and individuals in many countries of the world, supports the call from thePalestinian fishermen in Gaza, including the General Union of Fishermen and other groups, seeking international recognition and guarantees that:
1. Palestinian vessels from Gaza have the right to safely access their coastal waters in an area up to and including 20 nautical miles from the coast of Gaza, for fishing and other peaceful purposes, as specified in the Jericho accords (part of the Oslo Agreement).
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
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)
help us NOW to spread the word on Saturday!
Thank you to the hundreds who sponsored almost 200 kids' mini-Arks in Gaza!
by releasing “mini-Arks” into the sea at the port of Gaza.
You can find more details of this action here:
and also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/172344456298624.
As part of our action, we are launching a Twitter campaign on Saturday, November 30 at 4pm Gaza Time corresponding to the following time zones: 3pm Central European Time = 2pm in the UK = 9am East coast North America = 6am West Coast North America = 1am (Dec 1) in Sydney. With a few clicks, you can help bring attention to the children of Gaza and help their call for freedom reach the world.
On occasion of the Mini Ark Campaign that will take place in Gaza on Nov 30th, these are some of the statements sent to them to support and encourage their action.
More information about this action sponsored by Gaza's Ark here: http://www.gazaark.org/2013/11/17/help-the-children-of-gaza-sail-to-freedom-on-nov-30th/
You can also join this action:
As the late, great Howard Zinn once said, "All wars are wars against children." The Mini Arks are sailing to honor the rights of children, that they may live in peace and safety. May the strong winds of justice fill their sails.
Naomi Wallace, U.S. playwright
It was incredibly moving, and inspiring, to learn about the Mini Arks that are to sail from Gaza on Nov. 30. The courage and heroism of the people of Gaza, enduring shocking crimes and torture, is one of the wonders of the age. I hope that the arks that the children are sending forth will at least reach the conscience of the world, and help bring these horrors to an end.
Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics & political commentator
The international community is called to follow this action happening at the Port of Gaza at 12:30 pm local time.
These efforts to launch mini-Arks are to spotlight the inhumane conditions under which the Palestinians in Gaza, and particularly the children, live. In addition, groups all over the world, from North America to Europe will sail small boats on their lakes, rivers and swimming pools and stage supporting actions on the same day, November 30th.
You can be part of it!
More information here: http://www.gazaark.org/2013/11/17/help-the-children-of-gaza-sail-to-freedom-on-nov-30th/
"It was incredibly moving, and inspiring, to learn about the Mini Arks that are to sail from Gaza on Nov. 30. The courage and heroism of the people of Gaza, enduring shocking crimes and torture, is one of the wonders of the age. I hope that the arks that the children are sending forth will at least reach the conscience of the world, and help bring these horrors to an end."
Children of Gaza to launch mini-Arks challenging the blockade
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 -for immediate release -
Ehab Lotayef (English, Arabic) +1 514 941 9792 email@example.com
David Heap (English, français, español) +1 519 859 3579 firstname.lastname@example.org
'It was incredibly moving, and inspiring, to learn about the Mini Arks that are to sail from Gaza on November 30. The courage and heroism of the people of Gaza, enduring shocking crimes and torture, is one of the wonders of the age. I hope that the arks that the children are sending forth will at least reach the conscience of the world, and help bring these horrors to an end."