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Hospital attacked: International human shields in Gaza available for interview

for immediate release   (Thursday 17 July, 2014, 14:50 EDT) 

According to international volunteers at the El-Wafa geriatric Hospital in Gaza City, Palestine, the hospital is currently under attack!

"The civilian population of Gaza is being bombed. We will stay with them in solidarity until the international community and our governments take action to stop Israel's crimes against humanity," stated Swedish International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist, Fred Ekblad.

The volunteers are citizens of USA, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, France, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.  “Windows and doors have been blown out, broken glass is everywhere, there is damage to the stairs and a big hole at the impact area,” reports Joe Catron, ISM activist from the U.S.

Basman Alashi, Executive Director of the hospital has said that the hospital will not be evacuated, as there is nowhere to evacuate the patients. "El-Wafa Hospital serves patients that need medical attention 24 hours a day, including patients who cannot move, and people who need to be fed by tube. This hospital is the only one in Gaza specialising in the rehabilitation of people who need physical and occupational therapy. All of their patients are over 60 years old. These men and women and they do not understand why the Israeli forces are firing rockets at the hospital as it serves humanity."

Minutes ago, Joe Catron (U.S. citizen) tweeted 

@jncatron Director of #Gaza's el-Wafa hospital @Bmedhat says power's been cut & every floor is being shelled. #GazaUnderAttack

Gaza’s Ark organizers remain determined after attack

Police divers investigateGaza's Ark was badly damaged and partially sunk by a large explosion  at about 3:45 AM Gaza time on April 29th. No-one was injured. Mustafa Abu Awad, the guard who was on duty at the time, was taken to the hospital for tests and he has now been discharged.
The Ark was in the port of Gaza being readied to put to sea in June. Whether and when the boat can be repaired is something we will not know for sure until it can be pulled out of the water for inspection.

Under Israeli fire, Gaza fishermen plan protest tent to “free the Holy Land sea”

12th December 2013 | Free the Holy Land Sea | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

The Israeli navy regularly attacks and captures fishermen in Palestinian waters off the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Rosa Schiano)

The Israeli navy regularly attacks and captures fishermen in Palestinian waters off the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Rosa Schiano)



On Tuesday, 17 December, Palestinian fishermen will pitch a protest tent in the Gaza seaport. The structure, which will stand for three days and be decorated with pictures of fishermen attacked or captured by the Israeli navy, is a demonstration against Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and its military attacks on Palestinian fishermen.

Release: Sailing the winds of freedom with kids from Gaza

Friday, November 29, 2013 
-for immediate release –
Sailing the winds of freedom with kids from Gaza 
Contacts in Gaza : 
Mahfouz Kabariti (العربية, English) +970 599 745666  kabariti80@hotmail.com
Heba Hayek: +972599927028  HEBA_HAYEK@yahoo.com 
International contacts:
David Heap (English, français, español) +1 519 859 3579   david.heap@gmail.com
Ehab Lotayef (English, Arabic)  +1 514 941 9792                   lotayef@gmail.com
For additional contacts, see: http://www.gazaark.org/contact-us/
Hundreds of Palestinian children will be launching mini-Arks from the port of Gaza out to sea (www.gazaark.org/2013/10/26/sponsor-a-mini-ark-now). The event begins at 12:30PM Gaza Time, on Saturday November 30th, in the Port of Gaza, near Gaza's Ark. 
The effects of the blockade on children in Gaza will be described by speakers representing different civil society organizations in Gaza. This mini-Ark action focuses attention to the devastating conditions for children living inside the Gaza Strip, as fuel to run their basic needs and other essentials have been denied to them. Baroness Jenny Tonge writes from Westminster, U.K. “The children of Gaza are trapped in a horrible and life threatening situation through no fault of their own. They do not have enough food, the water is undrinkable and they wade through sewage to and from school, now that the sewage pumps no longer work, due to the mean and cruel actions of the Israeli government.”
U.S. playwright Naomi Wallace adds: “As historian Howard Zinn noted, All wars are wars against children. The Mini Arks are sailing to honor the rights of children, that they may live in peace and safety.  May the strong winds of justice fill their sails.”  Gaza's Ark and our supporters around the world stand with the children of Gaza today and as long as it takes to end the blockade.
The mini-Arks initiative is supported by a growing number of Palestinian organizations:
Al Amal Institute for orphans – https://www.facebook.com/Alamal.for.orphans
Rehabilitation and development program for women – https://www.facebook.com/rdpwgaza
Dr. Haider abed el Shafi Center for Training – https://www.facebook.com/htcgaza
Society and Family development association – https://www.facebook.com/tanmia.pal
For Palestine children ( Atfal Palestine) – https://www.facebook.com/atfalpal
Al Qalaa center for training and development – https://www.facebook.com/alqlaa.Center
Zahrat E-Tfoola
National agency for family care
Afaaq Jadida (New Horizons)
Palestinian Women’s Union (PWU)
More background info at www.GazaArk.org/faq or email info@gazaark.org

Release: Estelle crew were beaten during the attack


Estelle crew were beaten during the attack and by interrogators

Canadian Jim Manly still in detention

for immediate release

Montreal, 20121022 – 22h00

As Jim Manly, former Canadian  MP (1980-88) and retired United Church Minister, continues to be detained in Israel with many of the other crew members of the Estelle, without any news about when he will be released.  This despite freeing the Greek, Italian and Spanish citizens who were on the Estelle and the release of Israeli activists after being detained and charged.

Elik Elhanan, one of the Israelis released, said that excessive force and tasers were used against them and that a Greek MP was beaten by Shabak Security Service interrogators.

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.

Video: We have lost contact with the Estelle

Israel attacks the Estelle in International Waters


Israel attacks the Estelle in International Waters
Kidnaps Parliamentarians and activists

for immediate release

Montreal, 20121020-04h30
Shortly after 4:00AM EDT when the Estelle was in international waters approx. 17 Nautical Miles north of Arish, Egypt (as per the last coordinates we have) Israeli war ships surrounded it and the assault on the peaceful ship started.

Communications were lost at that time and all reports we got from the ship were choppy.

Among others, the following individuals were on board:
Former Member of Parliament Manly James, Canada
Member of Parliament Hagen Aksel, Norway
Member of Parliament Britton Sven, Sweden
Member of Parliament Kodelas Dimitios, Greece
Member of Parliament Sixto Ricardo, Spain
Member of Parliament Diamantopoulos  Evangelos, Greece

Full list of individuals onboard: http://shiptogaza.se/en/news/sailors-onboard-estelle

See Jim Manly’s pre-recorded video message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8egYBdf-Zo

Hear audio recording of interview with Jim Manly on the Estelle just hours before the attack:

Our previous releases on the Estelle and Jim Manly can be found here:

Jim Manly  + 8707 76 727 941 (unfortunately Israel now blocked all communication to the ship)
See Jim Manly’s pre-recorded video message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8egYBdf-Zo

Eva Manly 250-616-3166
Ehab Lotayef 514-941-9792
Sandra Ruch 416-716-4010

Nino Pagliccia 604-831-9821

David Heap +972 59 289 3106


Release: Will the UN support the siege?


Release 17 October 2012

Ship to Gaza Sweden

Israel’s UN ambassador Ron Prosor has sent a letter calling on the UN and other representatives of the international community to stop the Ship to Gaza sailing vessel Estelle from reaching its destination. If this means that Israel has decided to leave control over Palestinian territorial waters to the UN it is a fall forward.

The UN and many other representatives of the international community have for years characterized the siege of the Gaza Strip as inhuman and incompatible with international law.

Ship to Gaza Sweden assumes that that UN will not take over the implementation of this policy by preventing a peaceful vessel from delivering humanitarian supplies.

Ship to Gaza and the Freedom Flotilla have never opposed lawful inspections of cargo and vessel from representatives of the UN, or from national authorities in the ports and waters we have passed through and we welcome further inspections of this kind from the UN when we have anchored in Gaza City. What we refuse to accept is something which also the UN and the majority of the international community oppose: the illegal and, in a humanitarian perspective, devastating siege of the Gaza strip.


Release: What is Estelle´s cargo to Gaza?

Release: 17 October 2012

No ship has undergone as many and as thorough inspections as Estelle has during the last couple of months. We have had several so-called Port State Controls.

Thousands of visitors with their own eyes have been able to assure themselves of what we are bringing in our cargo and that we ourselves are non-violent human rights activists.

Our cargo, loaded in ports along the journey, consists of things necessary for survival as well as things that make life more comfortable.