Category Archives: Call to action

Ending Gaza Blockade Must Top Agenda of Cairo Talks

logo for mailing to list      Negotiators are meeting in Cairo during the 72-hour Gaza ceasefire, trying to make an agreement for a lasting ceasefire. Palestinians are demanding that a long-term ceasefire permanently end the Israeli-Egyptian economic blockade on 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza. This is a crucial moment for opponents of the blockade around the world to raise our voices.  

Starting at 12 noon eastern US time (11 AM Central, 9 AM Pacific, 6pm CET), we urge you to participate in our daily 15 minute Twitter storm to push for the Cairo talks to conclude with an agreement to end the blockade of Gaza. Go to this page for instructions and sample tweets:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/end-gaza-blockade-in-cairo

Even if you can’t join the Twitter storm at 12pm ET – maybe you it will be 2AM where you are! – we urge you to post tweets on ending the Gaza blockade with the hashtag #EndGazaBlockadeInCairo whenever you can, in whatever languages you can. We want to raise the profile of the Cairo talks, so that everyone in the world who opposes the blockade understands that the fate of the blockade is being negotiated right now, and does what they can to push political leaders to use their influence to insure that ending the blockade is part of the Cairo agreement.

Even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has conceded, “Palestinians can’t have a cease-fire in which they think the status quo is going to stay." Scott Anderson, deputy director of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), recently said: “Unless there is material change to the status quo, you’re just resetting the clock for another cycle of violence.”
 

That’s why, together with our partners in the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, we are organizing a daily, 15 minute Twitter storm at 12 noon ET until the Cairo talks conclude with an agreement that ends the blockade. We want to make sure that “end the blockade” is at the top of the international agenda for the talks.
 

Participate in our daily twitter storm at noon ET every day until the Cairo talks conclude with an agreement to end the blockade. Instructions and sample tweets are here:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/end-gaza-blockade-in-cairo

Even if you don't use Twitter, you can help by spreading this message by e-mail and by sharing the link above on other media with users who can support these efforts.Thank you for all you do to push for freedom of commerce and movement for Palestinians in Gaza,

In continued solidarity,
Gaza's Ark Steering Committee

Urgent Action alert: Rescue team delivering urgent humanitarian aid to Rafah at risk

4th August 2014

 

Urgent Action alert: Rescue team delivering urgent humanitarian aid to Rafah at risk

 

Call your representatives and the foreign offices of the UK, Sweden, and the USA to inform them that citizens of these countries are travelling to Rafah to deliver aid. Demand that Israel cease targeting medical personnel rescue teams and civilians, and immediately provides an evacuation route to transfer humanitarian aid to Rafah and to evacuate patients to other hospitals in Gaza for treatment.

Some contact information is provided below.

Urgent call to action: Tell Egypt to end Gaza siege, refuse complicity in Israeli genocide

Civil society organizations and public figures are calling on the world to demand the opening of the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

The signatories to the following urgent call to action include former Robben Island inmate, anti-apartheid icon, and African National Congress (ANC) leader Ahmed Kathrada, former ANC government minister and freedom fighter Ronnie Kasrils, and former vice president of the European Parliament Luisa Morgantini.

El Wafa Hospital in Gaza threatened to be bombed by Israel

El-Wafa hospital-GazaCall to action – Media: Contact for internationals below

International activists remain in Gaza hospital threatened by Israeli missiles

Received by phone: 

"The Israelis called El Wafa hospital and told them to evacuate before the morning. They will not, and we are going there now. Please spread to the media."
 
(more context below in earlier press release + contact numbers for different languages). 

Video: A call from Gaza for May 31- Break the siege!

Break the siege: May 31 A video call from Gaza (English subtitles)

Remember the Mavi. Support the Ark!

Four years ago, six boats set off from various ports around the Mediterranean with the goal of breaking Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza. There would have been more if some boats hadn’t been sabotaged. Six hundred passengers from many different countries were united in their determination to help free a people who have lived under Occupation for over 40 years, with all the misery that that entails. While still in international waters, they were boarded in the early morning of 31 May by armed Israeli commandos who came in speed boats, or descended from helicopters overhead, shooting as they went.

Support the children of Gaza at an awareness raising and commemorative event in Bristol

A powerful event for the suffering children of besieged Gaza

Saturday 31st May 3.30 – 5.30pm

Bristol Palestine Centre and Museum

The Arc, 27 Broad St, Bristol, UK



At the beginning of 2009, Israel launched a devastating assault on the civilian population of Gaza, targeting families with children in a barbaric act of ethnic cleansing. The assault left Gaza in ruins, and Israel followed this up with a siege that has prevented the suffering families of Gaza from rebuilding their shattered land, or having enough medical supplies for the sick and injured.

Video: Gaza’s Ark sailing after sabotage

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Thank you for your support!  

 

Petition to the UN


 

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Gaza's Ark Mission Statement

For an end to the blockade of Gaza and for freedom of movement for Palestinians

In order to build a peaceful future, Palestinians must have full freedom of movement, to travel and trade freely, to and from the port of Gaza and throughout Palestine. A lasting peace can only be achieved by fully, permanently and unconditionally lifting the blockade imposed on Gaza and by restoring Palestinian rights under international law.
We call on the UN Secretary-General and our own governments to:
• do everything in their power to press Israel to lift all restrictions on the freedom of movement and trade imposed on Palestinians, including allowing the internationally owned Gaza's Ark to sail safely from Gaza without obstacles;
• demand that Israeli authorities respect the full territorial waters of Palestine, including the right of Palestinians to fish at least 20 nautical miles from the coast of Gaza and safely access all their lands, to conduct other peaceful activities throughout their entire economic zone, and to freely access international waters as other coastal nations do;
• call for the immediate return of all boats seized by Israel, both Palestinian fishing boats from Gaza, and all the vessels from international solidarity sailings to challenge the blockade, and for payment of full financial compensation to owners for the extended loss of use of their boats and equipment.

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In order to build a peaceful future, Palestinians must have full freedom of movement, to travel and trade freely, to and from the port of Gaza and throughout Palestine. A lasting peace can only be achieved by fully, permanently and unconditionally lifting the blockade imposed on Gaza and by restoring Palestinian rights under international law.
We call on the UN Secretary-General and our own governments to:
♦  do everything in their power to press Israel to lift all restrictions on the freedom of movement and trade imposed on Palestinians, including allowing the internationally owned Gaza's Ark to sail safely from Gaza without obstacles;
♦  demand that Israeli authorities respect the full territorial waters of Palestine, including the right of Palestinians to fish at least 20 nautical miles from the coast of Gaza and safely access all their lands, to conduct other peaceful activities throughout their entire economic zone, and to freely access international waters as other coastal nations do;
♦  call for the immediate return of all boats seized by Israel, both Palestinian fishing boats from Gaza, and all the vessels  from international solidarity sailings to challenge the blockade, and for payment of full financial compensation to owners for the extended loss of use of their boats and equipment.

Short list of the early signatories to the petition:


Manifest per a les Nacions Unides

 

Declaración de misión

For an end to the blockade of Gaza and for freedom of movement for Palestinians

In order to build a peaceful future, Palestinians must have full freedom of movement, to travel and trade freely, to and from the port of Gaza and throughout Palestine. A lasting peace can only be achieved by fully, permanently and unconditionally lifting the blockade imposed on Gaza and by restoring Palestinian rights under international law.
We call on the UN Secretary-General and our own governments to:
• do everything in their power to press Israel to lift all restrictions on the freedom of movement and trade imposed on Palestinians, including allowing the internationally owned Gaza's Ark to sail safely from Gaza without obstacles;
• demand that Israeli authorities respect the full territorial waters of Palestine, including the right of Palestinians to fish at least 20 nautical miles from the coast of Gaza and safely access all their lands, to conduct other peaceful activities throughout their entire economic zone, and to freely access international waters as other coastal nations do;
• call for the immediate return of all boats seized by Israel, both Palestinian fishing boats from Gaza, and all the vessels from international solidarity sailings to challenge the blockade, and for payment of full financial compensation to owners for the extended loss of use of their boats and equipment.

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Per la finalització del bloqueig de Gaza i per la llibertat de moviment de la població palestina

Per poder construir un futur en pau, la població palestina ha de disposar de total llibertat de moviment, ha de poder viatjar i comerciar lliurement des de Gaza i cap a ella; i per tota Palestina. Només es podrà aconseguir una pau duradora mitjançant un aixecament complet, permanent i incondicional del bloqueig imposat sobre Gaza i mitjançant la restauració dels drets de la població palestina d'acord amb la legislació internacional.

Fem una crida al Secretari General de les Nacions Unides i als nostres propis governs per tal de:

♦  Fer tot el que estigui al seu abast a fi d'aconseguir que Israel aixequi totes les restriccions sobre la llibertat de moviment i de comerç imposades sobre els palestins, incloent l'autorització perquè l'Arca de Gaza, de propietat internacional, pugui sortir a navegar lliurement des de Gaza sense cap mena d'obstacles;

♦  Exigir a les autoritats israelianes que respectin la totalitat de les aigües territorials de Palestina, incloent el dret dels palestins a la pesca fins a almenys 20 milles nàutiques des de la costa de Gaza, i l'accés segur a totes les seves terres, així com que puguin dur a terme altres activitats pacífiques en la totalitat de la zona econòmica, i que puguin tenir accés lliure a les aigües internacionals, com ho fan altres nacions que disposen de costes;

♦  Demanar la immediata devolució de tots els vaixells capturats per Israel, tant els pesquers palestins de Gaza com tots els vaixells que van navegar en viatges de solidaritat internacional per oposar-se al bloqueig; exigint així, el pagament als seus propietaris d'una compensació econòmica completa incloent els danys per falta d'ús dels vaixells i del seu equipament.

Short list of the early signatories to the petition: