Free Gaza Freedom Flotilla Announces Aid Mission For 24th May

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(London, UK) On May 24, 2010, the Freedom Flotilla sets sail for Gaza determined to, once again, challenge Israel’s blockade of 1.5 million Palestinians trapped in an open-air prison. Under the coordination of the Free Gaza Movement, numerous human rights organizations, including the Turkish Relief Foundation (IHH), the Perdana Global Peace Organization from Malaysia, the European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza, and the Swedish and Greek Boat to Gaza initiatives will send three cargo ships loaded with reconstruction, medical and educational supplies. At least five passenger boats with over 600 people on board will accompany the cargo ships.

These passengers include members of Parliament from around the world, U.N., human rights and trade union activists, as well as journalists who will document the largest coordinated effort to directly confront Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza and take in basic supplies.

Said Mary Hughes Thompson, one of Free Gaza’s co-founders, “Although we were happy with the first trips, it was bitter-sweet, knowing that our small boats and symbolic amounts of relief paled in comparison to what was really needed in Gaza. Now, we finally feel we are helping to organize a powerful action, one with the potential to translate into a sustained campaign of much more effective challenges to Israel’s brutal siege.”

In the past three months, Israel has limited fuel to run the power station. Much of Gaza is often in darkness. There are just enough trucks coming in to barely prevent total starvation, and Egypt, complicit with the Israeli-US policy of blockading Palestinians, is building an underground steel wall to prevent people in Gaza from bringing in vitally needed supplies through tunnels.

A cargo ship sponsored by the people of Malaysia and loaded with cargo donated from citizens of Ireland, Scotland, and Britain as well as thousands around the world, will depart from Ireland the second week of May. When it reaches the Mediterranean, she will be joined by the other boats and begin the journey to Gaza.

Dr. Mona El-Farra, Deputy Director of the Union of Health Work Committees in Gaza was pleased to hear we are coming back. “When the two boats from Free Gaza entered the harbor in 2008, it was like a dream, it was historic. And all great things start with some dreamers who made it true. For us in Gaza, the dream of freedom will not be lost, and we welcome this next voyage with open hearts.”

The Free Gaza Movement along with the partners listed above, are the organizers of this flotilla. However, dozens of organizations and tens of thousands of people around the world are taking part to make this voyage a success.

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4 Responses to “Free Gaza Freedom Flotilla Announces Aid Mission For 24th May”

  1. JP Says:

    I tried to find out from the odds makers from your UK betting shops if there was a “line” on whether or not the goods would reach their destination. Being from the US however, I do not have the freedom, even as an adult, to access their sites.

    I was curious as to whether there was a betting line on whether any ships or their cargo would be confiscated or even sunk. I would also be interested in any line as to whether the passengers would be arrested or detained in any way.

    I figure if I’m going to invest in some cement, I’d like to cover my bets so that if the goods do not get there I can donate any of the winnings for a second try. I kind of like insuring my little bags of cargo.

  2. RickB Says:

    A cunning strategy!
    Don’t know if this will help with access
    I’ll have a look round myself, in terms of bad news this recent Chomsky piece

    confirms what I already knew

    Which seems to mitigate against the Israeli boats letting them through, the blockade is in part to normalise the idea that the area of sea is Israeli territory. Which it is not, in fact it is piracy that is committed yet no Western navy will rush to the aid of the pirates’ victims like they did off Somalia.

    But, this is the biggest effort yet, it’s worth a try plus with your plan, it’s snatching some victory from the jaws of defeat if the aid is blocked!

    • JP Says:

      You can bet that the USS Liberty won’t be there to escort any aid to Gaza……………..nor any other USS.

  3. RickB Says:

    Whatever you say about the Israel lobby, you have to admit it earns its pay. Makes piracy and sieges just vanish.

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