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Free the Holy Land Sea: Support Palestinian fishermen in Gaza

Gaza's Ark, along with our Freedom Flotilla Coalition partners representing civil society solidarity organizations and individuals in many countries of the world, supports the call from thePalestinian fishermen in Gaza, including the General Union of Fishermen and other groups, seeking international recognition and guarantees that:

1. Palestinian vessels from Gaza have the right to safely access their coastal waters in an area up to and including 20 nautical miles from the coast of Gaza, for fishing and other peaceful purposes, as specified in the Jericho accords (part of the Oslo Agreement).

URGENT: Ask Egypt to stop suffocating Gaza

New logo for letters** please forward to anyone who you think may be interested **
Since July 3 of this year, the Egyptian authorities have closed the Rafah border crossing with Gaza in the face of Palestinian travelers, most of the time. At the same time, the Egyptianauthorities have destroyed most of the tunnels upon which the Palestinians of Gaza rely for vital supplies. Together with the Israeli blockade, this closure results in collective punishment of the entire 1.7 million population of Gaza.

Therefore, Gaza's Ark and the Freedom Flotilla Coalition urge you to call, email, fax and/or visit the Egyptian embassy or consulate* closest to you and demand (please be firm but diplomatic) that

The Egyptian authorities STOP enforcing the Israeli blockade of Gaza and OPEN the Rafah crossing in both directions for all peaceful purposes, including full commercial traffic, especially fuel. 

We also encourage you to sign and share the following petition from the International Campaign to #OpenRafahBorder

* You can find the contact info of the Egyptian embassies and consulates through these links:

Gaza's Ark Steering Committee

Urgent appeal: Illegal restrictions on fishing access to the Palestinian territorial waters

Illegal restrictions on fishing access to the Palestinian territorial waters 

Posted on: Saturday, March 23, 2013

[Please click on TAKE ACTION BOX below to actually send the letter from the source website]






VIOLATIONS: illegal restrictions on fishing access to the Palestinian territorial waters


Under the government of Israel’s illegal occupation, Palestinian families are severely deprived of a vital food source because of Israel’s illegal restrictions placed on access by fishermen to the Palestinian territorial waters off the coast of the Gaza Strip.

PCHR: Call to action following Israel’s fishing limit to 3 nautical miles

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israel again reduces the allowed fishing area to 3 nautical miles                                   

Sunday, 24 March 2013 00:00

Ref: 34/2013

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) seriously condemns the Israeli forces' announcement of its decision to again reduce the allowed fishing range in the Gaza Strip's seawaters from 6 nautical miles to 3 nautical miles and also the extension of the buffer zone to 300 meters along the northern and eastern borders of the Gaza Strip. PCHR calls upon the international community to immediately intervene to put an end to these arbitrary measures, which constitute a violation of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law, especially the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention.

Working towards a lasting peace with justice in 2013

With your help in the past , now and in the coming months, Gaza's Ark will sail in 2013. Please consider a donation and encourage others to as well, and watch for an upcoming confirmation of our purchase of our boat in the port of Gaza.

Join International Figures Supporting Gaza’s Ark

Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Mairead Maguire, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman, Alice Walker, Denis J. Halliday, Hans C. von Sponeck, Rigoberta Menchú Tum  and many others; Nobel Laureates, politicians, writers, artists and public figures, announced their support for Gaza's Ark.  You can see a partial list of figures supporting Gaza's Ark below* and a full list on our website at http://www.gazaark.org/2012/12/02/our-supporters/.

Israel and Palestine-an animated introduction

You can help!

Easy to understand, historically accurate http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/ mini- primer about why Israelis and Palestinians are fighting, why the US-backed peace process has been an impediment to peace, and what you can do to make a difference. This conflict is essentially about land and human rights, not religion and culture. Endorsed by Palestinian, Israeli and American scholars and peace activists.

Now that you understand the basics of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, you may consider to financially support Gaza’s Ark (www.gazaark.org/donate) and help building hope for the Palestinians of Gaza. Read our Mission Statement, get involved and together we can break the blockade of Gaza – an important step towards a free and sovereign Palestine where Palestinians can live in peace.

Thank you!


Gaza: ceasefire NOW and End the Blockade

Israel, one of the largest military powers in the world, is unleashing its military might on the captive Palestinian population in Gaza. Unable to escape from their open-air prison because of the Israeli blockade, 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza are condemned to be sitting targets for Israel's bombing and shelling. 
 The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated regions in the world. Over two thirds of the population are refugees who lost their homes to Israel in 1948 and 1967; over half of them are children. The weapons used to destroy their lives and communities are provided by American taxpayers with the active complicity and support of Canadian, Australian and European governments.

Call/email the PM, FM & Party leaders


Former Canadian  MP (1980-88) and retired United Church Minister Jim Manly is among a crew of prominent internationals on the Freedom Flotilla’s ship, the “Estelle” approaching Gaza to peacefully challenge the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade. Also on board the Estelle are parliamentarians from Greece (Vangelis Diamandopoulos and Dimitris Kodelas), Norway (Aksel Hagen), Spain (Ricardo Sixto Iglesias) and Sweden (Sven Britton).

Now Israel is threatening to take this unarmed civilian vessel by force and the Canadian government, as well as Canadian politicians from all parties (including Jim’s own NDP), are letting him down.  Not a word of support or concern about his safety.

We need to speak out and ask our Government and politicians to:

– Demand that Israel let the Estelle proceed to Gaza.

 – Demand that Israel ensure the safety and security of the Estelle and everyone on board (especially focusing on Jim and his lifelong service to Canada).