Why Israel feared Gaza’s Ark?

Ehab Lotayef writes a letter to the Montreal Gazette:

Letter: Israeli’s attack on Gaza’s Ark was unacceptable

I was aboard the Canadian boat to Gaza in 2011, challenging the Israeli blockage of Gaza, when we were attacked in international waters, imprisoned and then deported.

El Wafa Hospital in Gaza threatened to be bombed by Israel

El-Wafa hospital-GazaCall to action – Media: Contact for internationals below

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.

Gaza – Friday, July 11, Day 4 of the attack

By Gaza's Ark Advisory Committee member Dr. Mona El-Farra in Gaza

Where shall I start? How shall I start?

Shall I start with the numbers which keep increasing and changing? 90 killed, mainly civilians. 600 injured. 140 demolished homes. Or should I start by mentioning all the different areas of the Gaza Strip that have been constantly hit, day and night. Nonstop. If it is only about numbers, then let me tell you all about thousands of Palestinian children who are terrified night after night, day after day by the sounds of the Israeli shelling. The children have deep feelings of insecurity when it is dark. And no shelters.

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.


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

Emergency Interview About Gaza with Ehab Lotayef

Ehab Lotayef, steering committee member of Gaza's Ark,  reports on the dire situation in Gaza, and also the status of Gaza's Ark, which has been affected by Israel's latest incursion.

Listen to the interview here.

Thanks to Sound Click: Unusual sources


It’s time to talk about Gaza

By Haggai Matar

Published July 4, 2014

For the sake of both the residents of Israel’s south and the Palestinians, we must speak about Gaza as a place with real people, rather than as a science experiment.

Over the past few years, the Israeli public discussion has reduced conditions in Gaza to one of two situations: either it’s the place where rockets are fired from, or it’s the place where rockets are momentarily not being fired from.

Report from Gaza: “This is our country, even if it’s just a country by name”

9th July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

The Israeli air forces’ strikes on Gaza over the past days have increased in intensity and are creeping ever closer to the center of Gaza City.

Gaza under attack personal account – day 2

By Gaza's Ark Advisory Committee member Dr. Mona El-Farra in Gaza

9 July 2014

Between 3am and 4 am early Wednesday morning. Day 2 Gaza under attack

The warships continue shelling …it is dark. I do not know what is going on and I can hear successive bombing. Thinking of all of you tonight especially my colleagues at the hospitals who are working under severe pressure and lack the basic medical supplies.

Stay strong.