Category Archives: Statements & Releases

Gaza’s Ark gets help from an old bus!

logo for mailing to listOnce again we would like to say a huge thank you for the very generous donations that came in after our last fundraising appeal. In particular we would like to thank those who have funded almost the entire cost of the generator as well as the cost of all the letters to be painted on Gaza's Ark. We will circulate pictures of the name being painted on the port, starboard and stern of the boat as soon as this has been completed.

Support Palestinian Producers Exporting from Gaza

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You can share in the voyage to challenge the blockade by purchasing Palestinian export goods from Gaza.

Now that the refurbishment of Gaza’s Ark is almost complete, our focus is shifting towards facilitating sales contracts for Palestinian products that will be exported when we sail against the blockade. By purchasing Palestinian exports from Gaza, buyers around the world can bring critically-needed public attention to the blockade while supporting Palestinian producers in Gaza.

Gaza’s Ark now registered: Needs lettering, generator and more!

logo for mailing to listWe are pleased to announce that we are now in full possession of the Ark! Having paid the final instalment of the boat purchase, in January, we have now registered Gaza’s Ark in the name of our organization. Thank you to everyone who helped to pay the $85,000 for the fishing boat that we are converting into a cargo vessel. Completing the registration was a very special moment for all of us.

Now that we own the boat and it is registered, one of the next tasks is to paint the name on the boat. GAZA’S ARK will be painted on both sides of the boat as well as the back, along with our logo. The letters will be enormous, and will be painted on using stencils. Would you like to sponsor a letter? If so, please see list below.

Dozens of American and French Women Headed to Gaza for International Women’s Day Detained in Cairo Airport, Accused of Being Security Threat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 5, 2014

 

Contact: Olivia Zemor (in Cairo airport): 0033 680 887 154

Ann Wright (in Cairo at hotel): 012 712 446 30

 

Dozens of American and French Women Headed to Gaza for International Women’s Day Detained in Cairo Airport, Accused of Being Security Threat

 

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Deported from Egypt While en Route to Gaza with Women’s Delegation, No Explanation Given

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 5, 2014

 

Contact :

(Cairo) Nicolas Shahshahani at 0020 (0) 1 28 722 56 36 (or 00 33 6 73 38 24 84), email Nicolas.shahshahani@wanadoo.fr

 

(Cairo) Ann Wright. 012 712 446 30 or +001-808-741-1141, email Microann@yahoo.com

(US) Alli McCracken, 860 575 5692, alli@codepink.org

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Deported from Egypt While en Route to Gaza with Women’s Delegation, No Explanation Given

Got friends?

logo for mailing to listWe need your help, and theirs!

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: The status quo is not an option anymore

Organizations undersign a call to the EU.

Source: Amnesty International-EU

To read full statement download:  Gaza_Statement_EN


The undersigning organisations call on the EU to:

Gaza’s Ark returns to the water – the value of small donors

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to announce that Gaza's Ark is now back in the water*, having had its hull thoroughly cleaned, overhauled and painted. Well done to the boat building team in Gaza!

You can see photos in our photo album and the video below.

Next on the refurbishing list comes the plumbing and electrical work.

Gaza’s Ark before and after

As we announced in a previous posting Gaza's Ark is getting close to be returned to its natural element, water, and getting close to sailing through the Medirterraneum. The photo below shows the transformation of a fishing boat into a cargo boat that will attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza while exporting Palestinian goods to international importers.

Our work continues and so we count on your support.

You can see more photos here.

Before-After photo

Gaza’s Ark Returning to the Water

logo for mailing to listDear Friends:

We are pleased to announce that over the past year, thanks to your generous donations, we have raised over $200,000 towards Gaza’s Ark, which we are preparing to sail from Gaza against the Israeli illegal blockade. 

To complete the next stage of the boat we need to raise $20,000 in the next two weeks - please help by making a donation here.

Donate so we can finish what we started, together

Due to the dedication of Palestinian workers in Gaza and your generous support and in spite of difficulties obtaining building supplies because of the Israeli blockade and the closure of the border crossing with Egypt at Rafah, the work on Gaza’s Ark remains on schedule for a Spring 2014 (Autumn 2014 for Australia) sailing. 

Last month, we pulled Gaza’s Ark out of the water and we have carried out the following works in dry dock:

  • checked the under water level of the hull, which was then treated and anti-fouling was applied
  • completed maintenance of the propeller and rudder.

See photos of work done while boat on land.  

The boat is due to re-enter the water shortly and we will then commence the next phase of the renovation, including:

  • concluding work relating to the hull and the main  cabin
  • building two bulkheads below deck
  • carrying out some of the electromechanical works.

Please continue to help us as we prepare Gaza’s Ark to sail against the blockade.  You can donate towards:

Gaza’s Ark will sail with Palestinian products on board. Make your purchase now (minimum purchase $500 Canadian). Visit www.gazaark.org/products for more information.

Thank you again for your ongoing support.  With your assistance and the work of our international partners, especially the Palestinians in Gaza, we have made this project a reality. 

Gaza’s Ark Steering Committee