Category Archives: Statements & Releases
The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) met in Istanbul in the shadow of the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza. We have watched atrocities being committed against an already besieged population. In the two day meeting (August 10th and 11th), the FFC concluded that it is the responsibility of civil society worldwide to sail to Gaza and challenge the Israeli blockade, the source of most problems facing the Palestinian population of Gaza.
We plan to sail to Gaza during 2014, the UN International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People:
Media Advisory: The Freedom Flotilla Coalition to sail to Gaza again. Challenging the Israeli blockade
The Freedom Flotilla Coalition has met in Istanbul, in the shadow of the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza. In the meeting of representatives from 12 countries which lasted for two days, August 10th and 11th, the FFC affirmed that, as most governments are complicit, the responsibility falls on civil society to challenge the Israeli blockade on Gaza.
The conclusion of our meeting will be presented at the press conference.
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:
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:
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
July 28, 2014
for immediate release
For more information:
Ehab Lotayef (Gaza's Ark/Canada) +1 (514) 941-9792 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Heap (Gaza's Ark/Canada) +1 (519) 859-3579 email@example.com
Robert Naiman (Gaza's Ark/USA) +1 (217) 979-2857 firstname.lastname@example.org
James Godfrey (Gaza's Ark/Australia) +61 0424 340630 email@example.com
Zohar Chamberlain Regev (Rumbo a Gaza/Spain) +34 (647) 077-426 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dror Feiler (StG-Sweden) +46 (70) 285-5777 email@example.com
İzzet Shahin (IHH/Turkey) +90 (530) 341 2134 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Freedom Flotilla Coalition
Condemns Israeli Attacks on Gaza, Ongoing Blockade, and International Complicity
Planning to launch new Freedom Flotilla to Challenge Blockade
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.
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
International activists remain in Gaza hospital threatened by Israeli missiles
Received by phone:
It 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.
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.
During 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.
Gaza's Ark Steering Committee
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.