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Interview with James Godfrey after delivery of 11,000 signatures to Egyptian Consul in Sydney

Late last month, James Godfrey and Michael Coleman from Free Gaza Australia presented a global petition with more than 11,000 signatures to the Egyptian Consulate in Sydney demanding Egypt’s interim government to:

permanently open the Rafah crossing, leave the tunnels alone, and to work to open all of Gaza‘s borders to allow Palestinians to travel and trade via air and sea.

They handed the petition to Consular official, Ahmed Morsy. An interview of James Godfrey with SBS Radio in Australia can be heard here:

What are they doing to Rafah?

(Re-posted from http://todayingaza.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/what-are-they-doing-to-rafah/)

Norway, the USA, Australia and New Zealand have already done it. The United Kingdom, Germany, Greece and Italy are about to.

Activists all around the planet are today presenting Egyptian embassies and consulates with the demands of more than 12,000 people worldwide to permanently open the Rafah crossing, leave the tunnels alone, and allow travel and trade for Gazans trapped by the Israeli siege.

Free Gaza Australia Delivers Petition to Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Sydney

For Immediate Release – Friday 20 December, 2013 (9am AEST)

Today at 11.30am, representatives from Free Gaza Australia have organised to meet with the Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Sydney who will receive a petition* of more than 11,000 names and addresses.

“The petition calls on Egypt’s interim government to:

  • Re-open the Rafah crossing to travellers going in and out of Gaza, with reasonable security checks and no artificial limits
  • Halt the destruction of the tunnels until Egypt has opened the Rafah crossing to commercial traffic, including fuel and construction materials
  • Work to open Gaza‘s borders with both Egypt and Israel on a permanent basis, as well as to allow Palestinians to travel and trade via air and sea – thus ending the blockade and allowing the residents to build a normal economy.”
     

Event in Australia: Sailing out of the Blockade

Event to take place in Melbourne, Australia. Download pdf here

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Free Gaza Australia: Israel attacks human rights activists in international waters – again

For immediate Release from Free Gaza Australia

Israel attacks human rights activists in international waters – again…

Sunday, 21 October, 2012 (6pm)

The Israeli military has once more attacked an unarmed sailing boat (Estelle) in international waters on Saturday 20 October (ESDST). The Estelle was in international waters, approximately 17 nautical miles north of Arish, Egypt. It was carrying a small amount of humanitarian aid, including basketballs, musical equipment and cement; an anchor for Gaza’s Ark; parliamentarians from five countries; and activists who were challenging the illegal naval blockade of 1.6 million people living in Gaza, Palestine. There have now been more than a dozen attempts to break the illegal naval blockade, with Sydney’s Michael Coleman experiencing the same unjustified aggression and detention when part of the Freedom Waves to Gaza in November 2011.

James Godfrey: Hope builds in Gaza with ark

 

An interview with James Godfrey who is a member of the international steering committee of Gaza’s Ark from Australia

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An attempt to revitalise trade and cultivate a way for the people in Gaza to export their goods and make something for themselves is being led by an international effort called the Gaza Ark.

The project will see ship builders in the district purchase and refurbish a ship which can be loaded up with locally manufactured goods to export.

In recent history, Israel – who controls the air space over, the borders on the land and the sea around the Gaza Strip – has effectively cut off Gaza from the outside world meaning the majority of the country rely on United Nations relief.

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Palestinians to trade using Gaza Ark

http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au/news/story/palestinians-to-trade-using-gaza-ark/

Michael Coleman and James Godfrey hope "Gaza's Ark" will defy the Israeli blockade. JOHN APPLEYARD
Michael Coleman and James Godfrey hope “Gaza’s Ark” will defy the Israeli blockade. JOHN APPLEYARD
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IMPOVERISHED Palestinians living under the Gaza blockade are planning to build a vessel that will trade at ports on the Mediterranean as early as Christmas.

An international collective is backing the plans, with at least two Sydney residents helping to plan and fund a project called “Gaza’s Ark”.