[Gaza's Ark note: Michael has done a tremendous job in Gaza helping with every stage of the Gaza's Ark project. He has put 4 months of his life on hold to support the Palestinian struggle from Gaza. We will miss him in Gaza, but we know that Michael will continue his solidarity work. A big thank you to Michael, surely shared by his many Palestinian friends.]
Well this will be my last weekly update from Gaza, as my four months in the Strip is almost over. As I write this entry I only have four days left and I am sad and excited all at the same time. Sad to be leaving behind all my new friends, as I unsure when I will get to see them again : [ However excited about my travel plans and knowing that I am on my home to my family and friends, who I have missed so much : ]
6th June 2013 | International Solidarity Movement, Gal·la | Gaza, Occupied Palestine
Zakaria Baker, head of the committee for fishermen in Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) explains the reality for fishermen in Gaza, following Israel re-extending the permitted sailing area for Palestinians from three to six nautical miles. Despite this ‘allowance’, Palestinian fishermen have recently been attacked and their boats confiscated by the Israeli military when they were well inside the previously allowed three nautical miles.
I would like to draw your urgent attention to a significant attack launched by the Israeli embassy, its lobby and their propaganda mouthpiece, the Murdoch Press, in Australia against a New South Wales member of parliament, the Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane MLC, to silence him for showing support to the just cause of the Palestinian people for freedom, human rights and self-determination in their homeland, and for speaking up against Israel’s occupation, gross violations, crimes, and racial discrimination. (His most recent speech is below)
Invitation to the media in Gaza to come and see Gaza's Ark
The Gaza's Ark project recently purchased the fishing trawler, ad-Dahoul, from Palestinian fishers. We have now started to transform it into Gaza's Ark – a cargo vessel to export Palestinian products from the port of Gaza in defiance of the Israeli blockade on Palestinian exports from Gaza
At 11am on the Sunday the 9th of June, 2013
The media are invited to come down and witness the initial stages of that transformation process of Gaza's Ark. Our Project Manager Mahfouz Kabariti, Steering Committee member Michael Coleman and Freedom Flotilla Coalition member Charlie Andreasson (a Swedish sailor who was with the crew of the Estelle last year), will all be available for interviews on the day.
‘This time we were not forced to swim naked in the sea’: Gaza fishermen left jobless after illegal arrest in Palestinian waters
1st June 2013 | Mondoweiss, Petra Stastna| Gaza, Occupied Palestine
A young Palestinian fisherman was arrested together with his brother within Palestinian waters on 19 May 2013 by the Israeli navy and released the following day. Their boat and all equipment were confiscated by the Israelis, leaving them with no means to make a living. This is another serious blow to the livelihoods of individual Palestinians whose lives depend on fishing, not to mention the whole population, which has been for years subject to siege as collective punishment, illegal under international law.
The interview was facilitated by and took place in the office of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) in Gaza City. Sa’d Zaida, Senior Manager at UAWC, translated from Arabic to English. Editing and titles by the author.
Abby Martin takes a look at the Gaza flotilla siege three years later with an interview with retired US Army Colonel, Ann Wright, who was on board one of the ships when siege occurred. Wright talks about the trial, Israeli immunity from prosecution, and her experience during the attack.
Monday, 3 June 2013 / GMJ – The Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) is proud to announce our preliminary program for marches around the world on Friday, 7th June 2013, to mark the forty-sixth anniversary of the occupation of the eastern part of the holy city of Jerusalem, which includes the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other sacred sites. The aim of this year’s GMJ is to raise global awareness about the continuing crimes against Palestinians in Jerusalem and the increasing violations against the holy city’s religious sites, both Christian and Muslim. This Friday, the GMJ will hold peaceful mass demonstrations in Palestine and the neighboring countries, heading towards Jerusalem or the nearest possible point, as well as in major cities around the world.