Tag Archives: Trade not Aid
A number of Palestinian civil society organizations have said very clearly: they do not want to depend on humanitarian aid; they need their freedom to live in dignity. The economy of Gaza has been very prosperous in the past; it can be again in the future. To get there, the entire humanitarian “aid” in the world will be insufficient without the political will to end the blockade.
The economic contribution of a boat with 40 cubic meters of goods is necessarily symbolic: the important thing is the political gesture to assert the Palestinians’ right to freedom of movement and economic sovereignty. Our slogan is not so much against aid as it is also for (fair) trade, and more broadly, in favor of economic sovereignty.
IOA closes Gaza sole commercial crossing for 4th day running
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By Eva Bartlett
GAZA CITY, Mar 27 2013 (IPS) – “An ark is literally a large floating vessel designed to keep its passengers and cargo safe,” say the group preparing ‘Gaza’s Ark’. But their ark, they say, is “a vessel that embodies hope that the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip can soon live in peace without the threat of the Israeli blockade.”
An initiative by Palestinians in Gaza and international solidarity activists, Gaza’s Ark entails “purchasing a run-down boat from a local fishing family,” says Michael Coleman, a member of Free Gaza Australia and on the Gaza’s Ark steering committee.
Gaza's Ark is pleased to announce our first release of Palestinian products that will be available for purchase through our community-based export initiative. The eight products in our first release are from two Gaza based producers: Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children, and Al-Ahlyia Association for the Development of Palms and Dates.
Atfaluna offers us some amazing traditional Palestinian arts and craft products, while Al-Ahlyia provides Palestinian Ajwa (pressed dried dates) and Makhtom (delicious date and nut preserves).
Several days ago, Egyptian forces began flooding smuggling tunnels under the Gaza border in a campaign to shut them down. The tunnels have provided a lifeline to Palestinians since Israel intensified its blockade of the Gaza Strip in 2007.
February 7, 2013
Dear friends and supporters of Gaza’s Ark;
Gaza’s Ark is a project, which will rebuild a boat in Gaza, with Palestinian hands, that will carry Palestinian products out to the world. The main goal of Gaza’s Ark, with the support of people like you, is to challenge Israel’s illegal and unjust blockade of Gaza.
The blockade is having tragic consequences on all aspects of life in Gaza. Those whose livelihood depends on manufacturing have seen their ability to produce decline as a result of lack of raw materials that cannot be easily imported. At the same time they cannot export whatever they produce. This creates a dependence on foreign aid.
Palestinians need trade not aid. This is their call.