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Statement from the Freedom Flotilla Coalition
December 8, 2014
The humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate. Israel is not being held accountable for the damage it caused during its assault on the strip nor for the commitments it made as a part of the Egyptian brokered agreement to end hostilities. The port of Gaza remains closed and borders remain blocked and Palestinians in Gaza continue to be denied their basic right to freedom of movement. Gaza continues to suffer from the lack of basic supplies and materials needed for daily life let alone rebuilding what Israel damaged during its July/August assault. The International community did not meet the obligations it made to Gaza after the assault either.
In the shadow of these circumstances the Freedom Flotilla Coalition met in Athens on December 6th and 7th to follow up and revise plans for the upcoming flotilla: Freedom Flotilla III: Open Gaza port.
In this meeting, following the previous meeting in Istanbul last August, details were finalized for "Open Gaza Port" (OGP) to sail during the first half of 2015 with a flotilla of at least 3 ships, reflecting the urgency, wide interest and diverse public support to the project and taking into account the above mentioned grave situation in Gaza.
More details about OGP will be released over the coming weeks.
Freedom Flotilla Coalition members:
Canadian Boat to Gaza
European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza
Freedom Flotilla Italia
International Committee for Breaking the Siege on Gaza (ICBSG)
Rumbo a Gaza
Ship to Gaza Greece
Ship to Gaza Norway
Ship to Gaza Sweden
also participating in the project:
Palestine Solidarity Alliance – South Africa
Miles of Smiles
Life Line Gaza – Jordan
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"It is the responsibility of civil society worldwide to sail to Gaza."
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer for Common Dreams
A coalition of activists said on Tuesday they would send a flotilla of ships to break Israel's siege of Gaza by the end of 2014, fours years after a similar campaign ended in a deadly raid by Israeli commandos.
"We plan to send the flotilla during 2014," the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, which includes activists from at least 10 countries, said in Istanbul.
The statement was made at a joint conference hosted by Turkish relief agency Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), which sponsored the first flotilla of ships carrying aid to Gaza that was raided by Israeli commandos in 2010.
Statement from the Freedom Flotilla Coalition
on the terrorist attack on Gaza's Ark
For immediate release
London, May 12, 2014
The Freedom Flotilla Coalition met in London over the last two days to discuss future plans in the wake of the terrorist attack on Gaza's Ark in the port of Gaza, as well as future plans to struggle against the blockade of Gaza.
Madrid, 3 de septiembre de 2012
The International Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) holds a meeting in Madrid as The Estelle makes its way to Gaza in Spanish water
The International Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) is a movement comprised of campaigns and initiatives from all over the world working together to end the blockade of Gaza.
Attending the meeting were representatives from the Canadian, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and U.S. campaigns.
The Israeli blockade of Gaza – fully in place for six years – is causing unimaginable damage to the Palestinian society in Gaza. The solution is not to provide humanitarian aid but to end the blockade itself, solving the problem from its root.
Our action is an act of solidarity with the people of Gaza, a call to civil society to demand that governments act against the Israeli blockade of Gaza and to pressure the international community to guarantee our right to protest, non violently, and to protect us from Israeli aggression.
We cannot predict how Israel will behave as the Estelle approaches Gaza. Israeli threats and violence have never stopped Palestinians and those in solidarity with them from continuing to struggle against injustice. Those aboard the S/V Estelle are determined to reach their destination.
Meanwhile the FFC is working on a second project to assert the right of the Palestinians of Gaza to freely trade with the world and not depend on aid. Gaza’s Ark will assist the Palestinians in building a boat in Gaza that will carry local products to international markets, challenging the blockade from the inside.
See full media release in Spanish below….
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Media contact in Spain:
Laura Arau: +34 636 00 36 01
Rumbo a Gaza – www.rumboagaza.org