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La Spezia, Italy, November 3rd, 2013
As the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza passed its 2,300th day and as the effects of this blockade are magnified by an Egyptian crackdown on the Rafah tunnels and crossing, representatives of more than a dozen international organizations met in La Spezia, Italy to organize against the blockade of Gaza and work to defend the basic human rights of the Palestinian people, in particular the right of freedom of movement.
The attendees decided to promote and support a worldwide campaign in favour of the children of Gaza. Hundreds of Palestinian children in Gaza will undertake a public launch of mini-Arks from the port of Gaza as a message of hope to the world expressing their demand of freedom and normal life (www.gazaark.org/2013/10/26/sponsor-a-mini-ark-now/).
The organizations in attendance also decided to adopt worldwide actions on the popular and political levels to bring awareness to the plight of the Palestinian people of Gaza and to actively challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the Egyptian closure of Rafah. These action plans will be announced in due time.
Attending organizations and groups (in alphabetical order):
European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza
Free Gaza Denmark
Freedom Flotilla Italia
International Committee for Breaking the Siege on Gaza
Miles of Smiles Belgium
Miles of Smiles UK
Ship to Gaza Greece
Ship to Gaza Norway
Ship to Gaza Sweden
Gaza’s Ark is a project supporting Palestinians to rebuild a boat in Gaza, which will carry Palestinian products out to the world. With your support, Gaza's Ark will challenge the unjust blockade of civilians in Gaza. With your support, Palestinians will achieve their right to live with dignity.
We're very close to making an announcement about our boat! Meanwhile, we've made a video telling the story of how Gaza's Ark will challenge the blockade and show that global public opinion hasn't forgotten the struggle for Palestinian rights. It's just five minutes long, but we hope you'll agree it's very powerful. Please watch our video here and share with your networks.
Freedom Flotilla Coalition Statement
Rome, January 19-20, 2013.
The Freedom Flotilla Coalition met in Rome for two days of discussion of our past work and future plans, as we continue our struggle against the illegal and inhuman blockade of Gaza. Representatives from campaigns in Canada, Greece, Norway, Spain, and Sweden, as well as from the International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza, were hosted by our colleagues in Italy.
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This summer, the intensified blockade of the Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip has continued into its sixth year. The blockade—referred to as “the siege” by its victims—is a violation of international law and of the fundamental human rights of the civilian population in Gaza. The blockade has devastating humanitarian consequences for more than 1.6 million people, most of them children, on this coastal strip between the Mediterranean Sea and the Negev desert.
September 21, 2012
It is a great honour to be able to accompany the Swedish sailing ship Estelle for a few days, from Barcelona to Ajaccio (Corsica), on its way towards Gaza to challenge the illegal and inhuman blockade which has lasted now for more than five years.
The Estelle in a 90 year-old three-masted schooner purchased from a Finnish fair-trade organization by Ship to Gaza Sweden in April and renovated for this sea voyage. She began a Swedish coastal tour in June, with solidarity and information events in communities to raise awareness about the blockade in 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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