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Gaza’s Ark: a bid to break Israel’s blockade from within

Corrections to the article:

  • Gaza's Ark will not carry 100 passengers. The number is more accurately around 15 people, including (but not limited to) crew, composed of Palestinians and Internationals.
  • Completion of Gaza's Ark is estimated in late 2013.
  • The total estimated cost including purchase and refurbishing of Gaza's Ark is $300,000 of which $140,000 have been raised so far.
  • This is an international project. Donors are not only European but from all over the world, including Americans, Australians and Canadians.


Palestinian labourers and foreign activists are working tirelessly to transform a large fishing boat into "Gaza's Ark" with the aim of exporting local produce in the latest bid to break Israel's blockade on the coastal strip.

The Ark, which is being fitted out to carry goods and more than 100 passengers, is expected to set sail for Europe when it is completed by the end of July in the latest high-profile attempt to challenge Israel's maritime lockdown on the tiny Hamas-run territory.

AFP: Gaza Ark to sail through embargo

Published on Jun 10, 2013

An old fishing trawler is being revamped by the "Freedom Flotilla Coalition" into "Gaza's Ark" – a cargo vessel to export Palestinian products from the port of Gaza in defiance of an Israeli blockade on Palestinian exports from Gaza. Duration: 00:44

Gaza fishing family struggles for survival

AFP – 1 January 2013

Unemployment in the Gaza strip, which has been under an Israeli economic blockkade since 2007, is at 30 percent. To make ends meet, some turn to traditional activities such as fishing. But the effects of the blockade, as well as pollution of the water, make their task extremely difficult.

Media: ‘Peaceful’ Swedish flotilla sets sail to Gaza Strip




10/07/2012 13:25

The Estelle leaves from Italy carrying human rights activists, humanitarian aid in an attempt to break Israel’s Gaza blockade.

The Estelle. Photo: Screenshot

A Swedish ship carrying human rights activists left from Italy to attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza on Saturday.

“Leaving Italy on the ship, Estelle, will be 15 to 17 people. It sends a message of nonviolence,” said Mattias Gardell, a spokesperson for the group.

The Estelle, carrying 17 activists from countries including Canada, Norway, Sweden, Israel and the United States, left from the port at Naples, Italy on Saturday. The vessel, which measures 173 feet long, reportedly is carrying humanitarian goods.

Activists building ship in Gaza to defy Israel


VANCOUVER: A ship built in Gaza will sail next year carrying Palestinian exports to international customers, and to challenge Israel’s blockade from the inside out, Canadian activists said Wednesday.

The Gaza’s Ark project is building a boat using existing resources in the  tiny Palestinian enclave to carry Palestinian goods to the outside world,  former Canadian Member of Parliament Jim Manly.

Manly held a news conference at Vancouver’s airport before flying for  Naples to join the Estelle ship, which is scheduled to sail from Italy this  month carrying humanitarian goods to the Gaza Strip, in another challenge to  the blockade.

The Estelle, coordinated by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, will carry an  anchor for Gaza’s Ark paid for by Canadians, he said.