Category Archives: Statements & Releases
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.
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.
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.
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.
When our marine engineer first sent us the list of repairs needed for Gaza’s Ark as a result of the sabotage* of April 29, we were shocked at how long it was. The amount of extra work to be done is huge. In addition, the price of materials is now much higher than it was before Egypt closed the border with Gaza and destroyed the tunnels. Fiberglass, for example, is now four times the price.