Category Archives: Statements & Releases

Planning to launch new Freedom Flotilla to Challenge Blockade

July 28, 2014

for immediate release 

For more information:
Ehab Lotayef (Gaza's Ark/Canada) +1 (514) 941-9792 lotayef@gmail.com
David Heap  (Gaza's Ark/Canada) +1 (519) 859-3579 david.heap@gmail.com
Robert Naiman (Gaza's Ark/USA) +1 (217) 979-2857 naiman@justforeignpolicy.org
James Godfrey (Gaza's Ark/Australia) +61 0424 340630 freegazaaustralia@gmail.com
Zohar Chamberlain Regev (Rumbo a Gaza/Spain) +34 (647) 077-426  info@rumboagaza.org
Dror Feiler (StG-Sweden) +46 (70) 285-5777 dror.feiler@gmail.com
İzzet Shahin (IHH/Turkey) +90 (530) 341 2134  palestine@ihh.org.tr
 

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition

Condemns Israeli Attacks on Gaza, Ongoing Blockade, and International Complicity

Planning to launch new Freedom Flotilla to Challenge Blockade

Hospital attacked: International human shields in Gaza available for interview

for immediate release   (Thursday 17 July, 2014, 14:50 EDT) 

According to international volunteers at the El-Wafa geriatric Hospital in Gaza City, Palestine, the hospital is currently under attack!

"The civilian population of Gaza is being bombed. We will stay with them in solidarity until the international community and our governments take action to stop Israel's crimes against humanity," stated Swedish International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist, Fred Ekblad.

The volunteers are citizens of USA, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, France, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.  “Windows and doors have been blown out, broken glass is everywhere, there is damage to the stairs and a big hole at the impact area,” reports Joe Catron, ISM activist from the U.S.

Basman Alashi, Executive Director of the hospital has said that the hospital will not be evacuated, as there is nowhere to evacuate the patients. "El-Wafa Hospital serves patients that need medical attention 24 hours a day, including patients who cannot move, and people who need to be fed by tube. This hospital is the only one in Gaza specialising in the rehabilitation of people who need physical and occupational therapy. All of their patients are over 60 years old. These men and women and they do not understand why the Israeli forces are firing rockets at the hospital as it serves humanity."

Minutes ago, Joe Catron (U.S. citizen) tweeted 

@jncatron Director of #Gaza's el-Wafa hospital @Bmedhat says power's been cut & every floor is being shelled. #GazaUnderAttack

El Wafa Hospital in Gaza threatened to be bombed by Israel

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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). 

Gaza’s Ark Deliberately Targeted by Israel

GA bombed 2It is with sorrow and outrage that we announce that Gaza’s Ark was totally destroyed by a direct hit from the Israeli Occupation Forces at 2:00 AM local time on Friday, July 11th.  It caught fire as result of the hit and was damaged beyond repair. In the context of all the death and destruction caused by Israel, the material damage to our project pales in significance.

However, it is now clear that Gaza's Ark was deliberately targeted by Israel (for the second time).  Israel is not worried about its security as it claims, what it is worried about and afraid of are peaceful projects like ours that expose its atrocities.

Reaction and Statements of Support

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Following the news of Gaza's Ark being burned down while Gaza is being attacked by the Israeli occupying forces, many of our supporters have sent messages of encouragement. Here is a sample of those messages we have received in the last few hours.

As we assess the next steps, we thank everyone for their unconditional solidarity not only with us, but with the Palestinians of Gaza at this time of suffering and incomprehensible destruction of lives.

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All of Gaza burns: Gaza’s Ark as well

GA burning-July2014During an attack on the port of Gaza, the area came under fire from the Israeli Occupation forces. At about 2:00 am local time Gaza’s Ark caught fire. The sustained Israeli assault prevented the civil defense fire brigade from extinguishing the blaze until approximately 3:30 am.  When daylight comes to Gaza it may be possible to better evaluate the nature of the damage to the Ark and to nearby fishing boats.

In the context of so many innocent civilian Palestinian deaths, the destruction of homes, hospitals, schools and other civilian infrastructure, the material damage to our project pales to insignificance. We are all thankful there was no loss of life in this particular attack, and we mourn with you all the senseless destruction and killings of Palestinians by the ongoing Israeli attacks.

Together with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, Gaza’s Ark campaign will not give up. Together with our Palestinian partners we will continue to challenge the blockade and press for freedom for all Palestinians.

In solidarity
Gaza's Ark Steering Committee

Israel continues its brutal attacks on the civilian population in Gaza

Israel has launched another criminal attack against the civilian population of Gaza, with air-raids, rockets and missiles from land and sea and threats of a land invasion.

One of the heavily hit areas is the port of Gaza, where Gaza's Ark is under repair, after it was sabotaged in late April.  We have suspended work on Gaza's Ark to avoid unnecessary risks to workers and other individuals.

Building hope: Palestinian producers receive payments for Gaza Ark exports

With their economy suffocated by the illegal Israeli blockade, Palestinians in Gaza suffer from massive unemployment, as well as ongoing Israeli attacks from air and sea. Economic strangulation is as deadly for Gaza as the renewed Israeli bombings. In recent days, however, we have begun to pay several producers for export goods sold to international buyers through Gaza’s Ark.

Sweden to investigate Israel’s attacks on Gaza-bound ships

Israel has attacked several Gaza-bound ships over the last few years. Swedish prosecutor Henrik Attorps has launched an investigation into suspected criminal offenses ranging from aggravated assault, aggravated unlawful threats, theft, and other crimes under international law.  "We have grounds to believe that such crimes were committed," the office of the public prosecutor said in a statement.  More details here.

Swedish prosecutor opens an investigation of Israeli military assault on Ships to Gaza

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26 June 2014

A Swedish prosecutor, Henrik Attorps, has announced that he will open an investigation concerning actions by the Israeli military towards Swedish citizens and activists, in international waters, during the Freedom Flotillas to Gaza in 2010 and 2012.