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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).
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:
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]
URGENT APPEAL: Ref: UA 05 / 13.
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.
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
Israel again reduces the allowed fishing area to 3 nautical miles
Sunday, 24 March 2013 00:00
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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).