According to The Jerusalem Post–
The two boats of pro-Palestinian activists sailing to the Gaza Strip have arrived at the coastal territory, Army Radio reported late Saturday afternoon. The boats are carrying humanitarian supplies as part of a mission to defy Israel’s yearlong blockade of Gaza.
Awaiting confirmation from other sources and FreeGaza.org but given last reported position and speed it is about right.
Update: AP also has it.
The two ships designed to “Break the Siege” on Gaza arrived on the shores of Mediterranean in a symbolic gesture aimed at drawing attention to the suffering of the Gaza Strip brought on by the Israeli siege.
The message is clear: lift the siege and end the suffering of the Gaza Strip’s 1.5 million Palestinians. The boats were able to come ashore after much Israeli tampering with the mission, but with the end-time decision to let them in. Israeli Prime Minister Olmert, Foreign Minister Livni and Defense Minister Barak met and then told the warships to let them pass to the shores of Gaza.
Upon their arrival, after a day and a half at sea, thousands of Palestinians who had been gathered on shore waiting ran to welcome the passengers who for the first time in history have broken through by sea.
Update: FreeGaza.org have updated and include some quotes. They done it!-
“We recognize that we’re two, humble boats, but what we’ve accomplished is to show that average people from around the world can mobilize to create change. We do not have to stay silent in the face of injustice. Reaching Gaza today, there is such a sense of hope, and hope is what mobilizes people everywhere.”
Huwaida is Palestinian-American, and also a citizen of Israel. She’s a human rights activist and co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement. In 2007 she received her Juris Doctor from American University in Washington D.C. Currently she teaches Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Al Quds University in Jerusalem. Huwaida sailed to Gaza aboard the SS Liberty.
“We’re the first ones in 41 years to enter Gaza freely – but we won’t be the last. We welcome the world to join us and see what we’re seeing.”
–Paul Larudee, Ph.D.
Paul is a cofounder of the Free Gaza Movement and a San Francisco Bay Area activist on the issue of justice in Palestine. He sailed to Gaza aboard the SS Liberty.
“What we’ve done shows that people can do what governments should have done. If people stand up against injustice, we can truly be the conscience of the world.”
–Jeff Halper, Ph.D.
Jeff is an Israeli professor of anthropology and coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), a non-violent Israeli peace and human rights organization that resists the Israeli occupation on the ground. In 2006, the American Friends Service Committee nominated Jeff to receive the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize with Palestinian intellectual and activist Ghassan Andoni. Jeff sailed to Gaza aboard the SS Free Gaza.