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It is with sorrow and outrage that we announce that Gaza’s Ark was totally destroyed by a direct hit from the Israeli Occupation Forces at 2:00 AM local time on Friday, July 11th. It caught fire as result of the hit and was damaged beyond repair. In the context of all the death and destruction caused by Israel, the material damage to our project pales in significance.
However, it is now clear that Gaza's Ark was deliberately targeted by Israel (for the second time). Israel is not worried about its security as it claims, what it is worried about and afraid of are peaceful projects like ours that expose its atrocities.
Israel has launched another criminal attack against the civilian population of Gaza, with air-raids, rockets and missiles from land and sea and threats of a land invasion.
One of the heavily hit areas is the port of Gaza, where Gaza's Ark is under repair, after it was sabotaged in late April. We have suspended work on Gaza's Ark to avoid unnecessary risks to workers and other individuals.
With their economy suffocated by the illegal Israeli blockade, Palestinians in Gaza suffer from massive unemployment, as well as ongoing Israeli attacks from air and sea. Economic strangulation is as deadly for Gaza as the renewed Israeli bombings. In recent days, however, we have begun to pay several producers for export goods sold to international buyers through Gaza’s Ark.
Israel has attacked several Gaza-bound ships over the last few years. Swedish prosecutor Henrik Attorps has launched an investigation into suspected criminal offenses ranging from aggravated assault, aggravated unlawful threats, theft, and other crimes under international law. "We have grounds to believe that such crimes were committed," the office of the public prosecutor said in a statement. More details here.
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.
Israel, one of the largest military powers in the world, is unleashing its military might on the captive Palestinian population in Gaza. Unable to escape from their open-air prison because of the Israeli blockade, 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza are condemned to be sitting targets for Israel's bombing and shelling.
The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated regions in the world. Over two thirds of the population are refugees who lost their homes to Israel in 1948 and 1967; over half of them are children. The weapons used to destroy their lives and communities are provided by American taxpayers with the active complicity and support of Canadian, Australian and European governments.
Jim Manly arrived in Vancouver on his way to his home in Nanaimo on October 25th, 2012. He was received by family and friends and several media outlets trying to her his side of the story. He embarked on his voyage on the Estelle attempting to break the blockade of Gaza by the Israelis. Instead the Estelle was seized by the Israeli navy in international waters and all 30 crew members were detained against their will in Israel.
Statement by Jim Manly
October 25th, 2012
The Estelle, the attack by the Israeli navy and the people of Gaza
I’m glad to be back in Canada and I want to thank the many people who have supported me with their prayers and hard work. It was a privilege to be on the Finnish sailing ship, Estelle, as the representative of the Canadian Boat to Gaza and Gaza’s Ark movement and it was good to know that the members of that movement were working night and day to make our voyage a success.
The Estelle’s proposed trip to Gaza was a Swedish venture with original crew from Finland, Sweden and Norway, joined by representatives from Spain, Italy and Greece and myself from Canada. There were five members of Parliament on board from Norway, Sweden, Spain and Greece (2). Three former members of the Israeli Defence Forces who are committed to ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine made a great contribution to our voyage. Everyone on board was committed to non-violence but with a deep dedication to ending Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza. The Estelle carried a cargo of humanitarian aid, consisting mostly of cement for rebuilding but also some play equipment and balls. Canada contributed an anchor, which was to be used for a boat to be rebuilt in Gaza, which would attempt to carry trade goods to the outside world.