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Free Gaza Boats Arrive in Gaza with Humanitarian Aid

Posted by uscsjp on August 25, 2008

Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip has impacted every aspect of life there — including access to employment, food and healthcare. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages; photo courtesy of The Electronic Intifada)

Democracy Now Updates:

“Two boats carrying dozens of human rights activists and humanitarian aid arrived in the Gaza Strip on Saturday despite an Israeli naval blockade. Israel had earlier said the Free Gaza boats would not be allowed in. Passengers on board included Lauren Booth, sister-in-law of former British premier Tony Blair. The activists said they hoped their trip would help bring an end to the siege on Gaza.

Free Gaza Activist: ‘What can I say? We are so glad to be here. We are so happy to be here to be able to stand with you against the occupation. We have longed for so many, many months to arrive, and now it’s like a dream for us to meet you.’

Israel has imposed a strict blockade on Gaza for the past fourteen months. The Free Gaza group plans to spend ten days in Gaza and then, on its return voyage, bring ten Palestinian students to Cyprus. Israel has prevented the students from leaving Gaza to study abroad…”

… “The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports the US and Israel have agreed on the deployment of a high-powered early-warning missile radar system in southern Israel. The Joint Tactical Ground Station will be staffed by US military personnel. Haaretz reports the missile radar system is widely seen as a kind of parting gift from Washington to Jerusalem as President George W. Bush prepares to leave office…”

–Democracy Now, Monday, August 25, 2008

See also

“Free Gaza” Boats Set Sail from Cyprus to Break Israeli Blockade

“Two converted fishing boats set sail from Cyprus today carrying more than forty activists and humanitarian workers who are part of the Free Gaza movement that is trying to break the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip. The Israeli foreign ministry said in an open letter to the participants, ‘We assume that your intentions are good but, in fact, the result of your action is that you are supporting the regime of a terrorist organization in Gaza.’ We speak with three of the activists at sea: Huwaida Arraf, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement; Lauren Booth, a journalist and sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; and Israeli anthropology professor Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions…”
–Democracy Now, August 22, 2008

Standing up for justice in the Middle East
Ramzi Kysia, The Electronic Intifada, 20 August 2008

The Free Gaza Movement, a diverse group of international human rights activists from 17 different countries, will soon set sail from Cyprus to Gaza in order to challenge the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. I’m proud to stand with them. Over 170 prominent individuals and organizations have endorsed our efforts, including the Carter Center, former British Cabinet member Clare Short, and Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire and Desmond Tutu…”

Visit the Free Gaza Website for news, updates, and more


2 Responses to “Free Gaza Boats Arrive in Gaza with Humanitarian Aid”

  1. Jerusalem said

    Vive les bicots

  2. Jerusalem said

    Tetes de bicots 🙂

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