|Palestinian Centre for Human Rights – Wednesday, 01 May 2013|
Today, 1 May 2013, marks the International Labour Day, which commemorates peoples right to work, along with their protection of human rights in the work place. However, as the rest of the world celebrates this day, the situation of fishermen in the Gaza Strip continues to deteriorate.
A number of Palestinian civil society organizations have said very clearly: they do not want to depend on humanitarian aid; they need their freedom to live in dignity. The economy of Gaza has been very prosperous in the past; it can be again in the future. To get there, the entire humanitarian “aid” in the world will be insufficient without the political will to end the blockade.
The economic contribution of a boat with 40 cubic meters of goods is necessarily symbolic: the important thing is the political gesture to assert the Palestinians’ right to freedom of movement and economic sovereignty. Our slogan is not so much against aid as it is also for (fair) trade, and more broadly, in favor of economic sovereignty.
Canadian Boat to Gaza delegate Jim Manly, a former Member of Parliament and United Church minister, who travelled aboard the Estelle last October in order to break the blockade of Gaza, explains how he became interested in the situation in Gaza, the boarding of the Estelle, and solidarity with Gaza today.