Non-violent protest to Free Gaza


by Sunny
25th August, 2008 at 6:41 pm    

A reader emails in to highlight this story:

Israel last night warned an attempt by peace activists to sail two wooden boats to the Gaza Strip was a “provocation” and said it would prevent them reaching their destination.

A group of 46 activists set sail yesterday morning from Cyprus and were hoping to reach Gaza later today to challenge the economic blockade Israel has imposed on the strip and to deliver a cargo of 200 hearing aids for a deaf school and 5,000 balloons.

Another passenger, Huwaida Arraf, a Palestinian with Israeli and US citizenship, said: “The siege that the Israelis have imposed on Gaza is not only illegal in terms of international law, it is also immoral. Global institutions and the governments of the world know what is happening and are not doing anything about it.”

Its quite shameful that while the foreign secretary blusters about Georgia, nothing is being said about the continuing blockade of Gaza. Well done to these non-violent protestors.
Osama Qashoo has also has a personal account about this on CIF.
The protestors also have a website – freegaza.org/


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  1. tim — on 25th August, 2008 at 9:48 pm  

    Keep up Sunny.
    Thye landed safely on Saturday.

  2. Muhamad — on 26th August, 2008 at 3:37 pm  

    Hey, thanks for highlighting this. I know someone on that boat, and, another friend who couldn’t make it.

    I don’t know if you’ve heard of David Halpin, who also had similar hassle from Israel.

  3. Avi Cohen — on 28th August, 2008 at 12:09 am  

    Seth Freedman has an excellent article in the Guardian:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/27/israelandthepalestinians.middleeast?gusrc=rss&feed=worldnews

    But you know the BananaPolice will never allow anyone to say that people have had hassles or that the Foreign Secretary is shameless.

    After blowing lots of wind about working for peace he has reverted to form in Dershowitzing every debate!

    It is high time Miliband had the courage to speak out over these shameful excesses but he won’t which is why these things are ignored.

    Shameful Foreign Policy at its worst.

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