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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
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
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."
PRESS RELEASE: 2013-11-17 23:19
On Tuesday November 19th, at 10 am, Ship to Gaza and 20 injured persons will file a police report on four high-ranking Israeli officers. The report will be filed at the central Stockholm police station on Kungsholmsgatan 43.
Among the injured persons are author Henning Mankell, author and journalist Maria-Pia Boëthius, Green Party member of the Riksdag Mehmet Kaplan, chief physician Victoria Strand, former Social Democratic member of the Riksdag and Professor Sven Britton, Artist and musician Dror Feiler and Captain Joel Opperdoes.
The following crimes will be reported:
by supporting the mini-Ark project:
Your efforts will help launch almost 200 mini-Arks in order to spotlight the inhumane conditions to which the Palestinians in Gaza, and particularly the children, are subjected. Groups all over the world, from North America and Europe to South Africa and Australia will sail small boats on their lakes, rivers and swimming pools and stage community actions with symbolic mini-Arks on the same day, November 30th.
We are asking you, without delay, to:
1) Create a Mini-Ark Action in your community: Make your own Mini-Arks with your children and/or children in your community. Write a message of solidarity or write: "Gaza: End the silence! End the Blockade!" Take pictures/video, send them to us and we'll post it on online, or post it yourself at our Facebook event. We will share your images with the children of Gaza. This is a deeply symbolic act of hope that is sure to bring a smile to all involved!
2) Spread the word, join the mini-Ark Facebook event and follow this action on Twitter @GazaArk. Every person counts! Tell anybody and everybody: help us end the blockade and the silence! Invite your Facebook contacts to https://www.facebook.com/GazaArk and tweet about Gaza's Ark on Twitter, asking your followers to follow us too. Tweet and re-tweet about the Gaza Mini-Ark project using "mini #GazaArk": https://twitter.com/GazaArk .
Stay tuned for our next announcement. We want everyone who reads this plea from the children of Gaza to help them ‘sail their boats to freedom.
The mini-Arks initiative is supported by a growing number of Palestinian organizations in Gaza, including:
- Al Amal Institute for orphans
- El Wedad association
- Atfaluna association for deaf children
- Rehabilitation and development program for women
- Dr. Haider abed el Shafi Center for Training
- Society and Family development association
- For Palestine children ( Atfal Palestine)
- Al Qalaa center for training and development
- Oxygen Youth Group
- Talk youth group
- Zahrat E-Tfoola
- National agency for family care
- Afaq Jadeeda (New Horizons)
- Palestinian Women’s Union (PWU)
PCHR: Humanitarian Conditions of Approximately 1.7 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip Deteriorate
7 November 2013
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses deep concern over the deterioration of humanitarian conditions of the civilian population due to the aggravation of the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip.
On Friday morning, 01 November 2013, the operation of the Gaza power plant was totally stopped due to the lack of fuel required for its operation. PCHR is deeply concerned that the current crisis may impact the access of 1.7 million Palestinians to vital services, including the supply of drinking water, and that this crisis may result in the suspension of work in some vital sectors, such as health, sanitation and education.
La Spezia, Italy, November 3rd, 2013
As the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza passed its 2,300th day and as the effects of this blockade are magnified by an Egyptian crackdown on the Rafah tunnels and crossing, representatives of more than a dozen international organizations met in La Spezia, Italy to organize against the blockade of Gaza and work to defend the basic human rights of the Palestinian people, in particular the right of freedom of movement.
The attendees decided to promote and support a worldwide campaign in favour of the children of Gaza. Hundreds of Palestinian children in Gaza will undertake a public launch of mini-Arks from the port of Gaza as a message of hope to the world expressing their demand of freedom and normal life (www.gazaark.org/2013/10/26/sponsor-a-mini-ark-now/).
The organizations in attendance also decided to adopt worldwide actions on the popular and political levels to bring awareness to the plight of the Palestinian people of Gaza and to actively challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the Egyptian closure of Rafah. These action plans will be announced in due time.
Attending organizations and groups (in alphabetical order):
European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza
Free Gaza Denmark
Freedom Flotilla Italia
International Committee for Breaking the Siege on Gaza
Miles of Smiles Belgium
Miles of Smiles UK
Ship to Gaza Greece
Ship to Gaza Norway
Ship to Gaza Sweden