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Michael Jansen: Protest without violence

 

September 14, 2012

Posted in The Gulf Today 

“Free Gaza” is unique in world history. It is almost certainly the most international and innovative Gandhian liberation movement to ever operate on the world stage. Free Gaza activists, who range in age from 22 to 86, come from all four of the globe’s continents. Most adhere to the three largest regional religions — Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Both men and women are involved and share burdens in equality.

Mahatma Gandhi himself could not have imagined such a collection of  well-meaning, dedicated humanitarians and would have been mightily proud to know that they continue to be inspired by his example and follow his strategy of non-violence.

One year after Greece stopped Freedom Flotilla

The struggle to end Gaza blockade continues

http://canadiandimension.com/articles/4849/

DAVID HEAP AND EHAB LOTAYEF | July 27th 2012 |

The five delegates on the Tahrir who were apprehended in international waters and jailed in an Israeli prison

One year after the Greek government bowed to pressure and enforced he outsourced Israeli blockade of Gaza, the international movement to challenge the blockade is still very much afloat: we may change our tactics, but not our objectives. Our new campaign to challenge the blockade from the inside out emphasizes the fundamental importance of freedom of movement for Palestinians.

On July 4, 2011, the Canadian boat Tahrir left the port of Aghios Nikolaos (in Crete, Greece) bound for Gaza. After days of waiting for official clearance in the face of increasing bureaucratic and political obstacles, we decided to defy a Greek government ban on Freedom Flotilla departures and simply cast off. There were more than 40 people on board the Tahrir: a wide range of delegates from Australia, Belgium, Denmark and Canada as well as journalists from various countries. Our Greek captain and crew had been replaced for the occasion by volunteers — we were lucky to have among us delegates with professional maritime experience, from engineer to ship’s officers.

New campaign challenges blockade a year after Greece blocked flotilla to Gaza

 

by David Heap and Ehab Lotayef on July 26, 2012

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/07/new-campaign-challenges-blockade-a-year-after-greece-blocked-flotilla-to-gaza.html

Fisherman from Gaza risking Israeli attack return to port, 2011. (Photo: Furlong/Getty Images)

One year after the Greek government bowed to pressure and enforced the outsourced Israeli blockade of Gaza, the international movement to challenge the blockade is still very much afloat: we may change our tactics, but not our objectives. Our new campaign to challenge the blockade from the inside out emphasizes the fundamental importance of freedom of movement for Palestinians.

On July 4, 2011 the Canadian boat Tahrir left the port of Aghios Nikolaos (in Crete, Greece) bound for Gaza. After days of waiting for official clearance in the face of increasing bureaucratic and political obstacles, we decided to defy a Greek government ban on Freedom Flotilla departures and simply cast off. There were more than 40 people on board the Tahrir: a wide range of delegates from Australia, Belgium, Denmark and Canada as well as journalists from various countries. Our Greek captain and crew had been replaced for the occasion by volunteers– we were lucky to have among us delegates with professional maritime experience, from engineers to ship’s officers.