Tag Archives: fishermen

Israeli Military Vehicles ‘Enter Gaza,’ Warships Fire at Fishermen

TEHRAN (FNA)- Several Israeli military vehicles entered the Southern Gaza Strip early Tuesday, witnesses said.

Locals said six military vehicles entered Gaza East of al-Qarara. No shooting was reported, Ma'an reported.

Separately, Israeli warships opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Northern Gaza City, causing damages to one fishing boat.

A fisherman said that an Israeli naval squadron fired at Palestinian boats near the al-Sudaniyya neighborhood. No injuries were reported.

Warships Fire at Fishermen near Gaza Coast

Tuesday March 18, 2014

  by Chris Carlson

Gaza fishermen told Ma'an that Israeli forces fired at them off the coast of Khan Younis. No injuries were reported, but the fishermen said they were forced to sail back to shore.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that the boat had "deviated from its designated fishing zone."

Israeli and Egyptian warships shoot at Palestinian fishermen near Egypt’s sea borders

GAZA-FISHERMAN-WITH-NETSOn Saturday morning Israeli and Egyptian warships opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats near the Palestinian-Egyptian sea borders, witnesses have said.

Local Israel boycott part of Gaza’s “resistance mentality”

Joe Catron The Electronic Intifada 
3 March 2014
Agricultural organizations in the Gaza Strip are working with academic and other civil society groups to prepare for Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).

Local events, as part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, will run from Sunday, 9 March through Thursday, 13 March in the besieged coastal enclave.

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).

A short message from Gaza

by Awni Farhat

Sunday, 15 December, the sea was very calm for fishing and the sun was shining . . 
It was actually a nice sunny day after having a very strong cold weather front. 
We should remember that Palestinian fishermen are suffering in the besieged Gaza Strip because of the ongoing illegal and inhuman Israeli naval blockade that prevents fishermen from exercise their basic right to fish freely. Fishermen in Gaza also suffer from the severe lack of fuel supplies needed to run the fishing boats and equipment.


Awni Farhat is a Palestinian living in Gaza. He has been updating about the current situation in Gaza particularly on the impact of the recent floods and hardship of fishermen.

Palestinian fishermen and activists sail to protest Israel’s siege of Gaza

4th December 2013 | International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

(Photo by Silvia Todeschini)

(Photo by Silvia Todeschini)

On Monday, 2nd December 2013, 200-250 Palestinians, foreign activists and journalists, many from international media, gathered in the Gaza seaport for a joint action to alert the world about the siege and its consequences for fishermen pursuing their profession. The action resulted from long negotiations between the event’s initiators, the Intifada Youth Coalition, and the General Union of Fishermen. The stumbling block has been whether the siege would be broken or not. It was a negotiation from which the fishermen emerged victorious. The illegal and inhumane siege would be highlighted but not broken. The risk was imminent that they would be attacked and have their boats confiscated.

Israeli naval restrictions force Gazans to fish close to Egyptian territorial waters

The video includes coverage of Gaza's Ark initiative and an interview with David Heap.

CORRECTIONGaza's Ark will NOT carry over 100 people. In addition to its cargo, it will likely carry no more than 20 people or so; and our revised timeline is to sail in the spring of 2014 as announced on 21 August (NOT by the end of this year).

Egypt arrests two Gaza fishermen

Agence France-Presse

14 September 2013

Egyptian naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza Strip's southern coast and arrested two of them, the Islamist movement Hamas that rules the Palestinian enclave said.

Hamas "condemns the fire from Egyptian gunboats toward Palestinians within Palestinian waters, and the arrest of some of them," movement spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.

Gaza fishers and farmers: nowhere to go

Kevin Neish

We had a meeting with some leaders in the Gaza commercial fishing industry, to hear their stories and see if or how we can assist them.

Fishermen in Gaza City (Photo by Kevin Neish)

 

Fishermen in Gaza City (Photo by Kevin Neish)

 

Gaza Strip fishers have historically been some of the poorest families here, especially as many are not refugees, and so do not receive UN assistance.  Their lot has been made that much worse with the attacks and restrictions imposed on them by the Israeli forces.  Since the July Egyptian coup, the Israelis have ignored the Nov 2012 ceasefire that was brokered by the previous Morsi Egyptian government.  There’s been a sad litany of recent violations against Palestinian fishers:

  • the arbitrary reduction of the fishing area from six nautical miles to five.
  • the Israelis are now holding weekly military exercises within Palestinian waters.  Yesterday morning activists watched as an Israeli gunboat cruised along, only 500 meters off the coast of Gaza City.