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Running Orders: A Poem for Gaza PDF Print E-mail
Sep 20, 2016 at 05:00 PM

More than 1,000 Palestinians—the vast majority of them civilians—have been killed during Israel’s latest assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, which is home to roughly 1.8 million Palestinians. Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s poem conveys the harrowing experience of receiving Israeli warnings of imminent strikes and having nowhere to run.

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Women's Boat to Gaza half way to Ajaccio PDF Print E-mail
Nov 30, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Zaytouna is half way to Ajaccio
Searching for a replacement of Amal

Barcelona, Spain: As Zaytouna-Oliva makes its way towards Ajaccio, France; the Women’s Boat to Gaza* (WBG) releases its passenger list, which includes women from nine countries across five continents. The list (found here) includes parliamentarian Malin Björk, a Swedish member of the EU parliament; Spanish actress Rosana Pastor Muñoz; and Yudit Ilany of Israel who serves as advisor to Knesset member Haneen Zoabi.

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A CALL FROM GAZA PDF Print E-mail
Nov 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM
to the People of Conscience worldwide to break the Israeli Blockade:

Do not forget Gaza
We are waiting for your boats at our shores

 
 
We the Palestinians of the Besieged Gaza Strip, are calling on the world: enough inaction, enough discussion, enough waiting – the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip must end.  While attention is focused on the Palestinian bid for statehood in the UN do not forget that the blockade and the suffering continue in Gaza.

Shortly after 2006 democratic election which was supervised by people and bodies from the international community, nations formerly supporting aid and cultural organizations in Gaza withdrew their support.  In mid-2007, our borders, controlled by Israel and Egypt, fully closed, locking Palestinians within and preventing imports and exports from crossing our borders.

From December 27 2008 to January 18 2009, Israel waged an all-out slaughter on Gaza, killing over 1400 Palestinians, the vast majority innocent civilians and among them nearly 400 children, and destroying thousands of homes, businesses, factories and buildings including universities, schools, hospitals and medical care facilities, and damaging vast tracts of our water and sanitation system.

Almost three years following after Israel's attacks, almost no homes and few buildings have been rebuilt, our sanitation and sewage system is more dire than ever, raw waste continues to be pumped into our sea –for want of proper treatment facilities –polluting our water and the fish along the coast which fishermen are forced to harvest because the Israeli navy shoots at them if they try to fish more than three miles from the Gaza coast—contaminating our drinking water and food supply.

Our farmers continue to be shot at, maimed and killed by Israeli soldiers along our border, prevented from working, growing and harvesting their land, denying us a rich supply of produce and vitamins.  Nutrient deficiencies and malnutrition continue to rise, affecting our children's growth and their ability to study.  Our economy is shut down by lack of functioning factories and electricity.  Our students hold little to no prospects of exiting for study abroad, even when placements and scholarships have been secured, due to the Israeli control of the Erez crossing and the Egyptian-controlled Rafah crossing being closed more often than opened. Our sick suffer for want of necessary medications and medical supplies and equipment.

Since 2005, over 170 Palestinian organizations have called for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions to pressure Israel to comply with international law. Since 2003, Palestinians have weekly met in villages in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, to protest Israel’s occupation policies.

Creative civilian efforts such as the Free Gaza boats that broke through the blockade five times, the Gaza Freedom March, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and the many land convoys must never stop their siege-breaking efforts, highlighting the inhumanity of keeping 1.5 million Gazans in an open-air prison.

On the 2nd of December, 2010, 22 international organizations including Amnesty International, Oxfam, Save the Children, Christian Aid, and Medical Aid for Palestinians produced the report ‘Dashed Hopes, Continuation of the Gaza Blockade’ calling for international action to force Israel to unconditionally lift the blockade, saying that despite the reported June 2010 “easing” of the closure, the Palestinians of Gaza continue to live in the same devastating conditions.  Human Rights Watch published a comprehensive report "Separate and Unequal" that denounced Israeli policies as Apartheid, echoing similar sentiments by South African anti-apartheid activists.

We call on the citizens of the world oppose this deadly, medieval blockade. The failure of governments and world bodies to condemn such crimes is tantamount to complicity. Only civil society is able to mobilize to demand the application of international law and put an end to Israel’s impunity. The intervention of civil society was effective in the late 1980s against the apartheid regime of South Africa. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have not only described Israel’s oppressive and violent control of Palestinians as Apartheid, they have also joined this call for the world’s civil society to intervene again.

We call on the nations and citizens of the world to continue and/or reinitiate their plans to sail to Gaza to challenge and break the Israeli blockade. The civil society initiatives of the Freedom Flotillas are about taking a stance of justice and solidarity with besieged Palestinians when your governments will not. We call on the Flotilla movement to continue to sail until the blockade of Gaza is entirely lifted and Palestinians of Gaza are granted the basic human rights and freedom of movement citizens around the world enjoy.
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URGENT ACTION REQUIRED: CONTACT YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT NOW PDF Print E-mail
Nov 04, 2011 at 02:35 PM
We are confirming that the two ships en route to Gaza, the Canada Boat to Gaza Tahrir, and the Irish boat Saoirse are under attack by the Israeli Navy. Israeli warships are approaching both ships. The Tahrir has received radio contact from the Israeli authorities, asking about their final destination. Canadian Ehab Lotayef replied, ‘the conscience of humanity’. When asked again, he said ‘The betterment of mankind’. Boarding and commandeering are imminent. On board the Tahrir are three Canadians, Montrealer Ehab Lotayef, Londoner David Heap, and Karen DeVito from Toronto, as well as Australian Michael Coleman, American Kit Kittredge and 20-year-old Israeli Majd Kayal. Also on board are five international journalists, including Jihan Hafiz of Democracynow.org.  The boats are presently 48 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza. The first flotilla to break the siege was intercepted about 35 nautical miles off shore.

Now is the time to act. Call your local Member of Parliament and Canada's foreign Minister John Baird and tell them to press the Israelis to ensure the safety of those aboard the two ships!

Local Member of Parliament:

Go to http://www.parl.gc.ca/SenatorsMembers.aspx?Language=E, enter your postal code and you will see his / her name, email and phone number

John Baird:

House of Commons: Telephone: 613-996-0984, Fax: 613-996-9880 Email: john.baird@parl.gc.ca

Constituency Office: Telephone: 613-990-7720 Fax: 613-993-6501 E-Mail: bairdj1@parl.gc.ca

This situation is developing. For updates, stay tuned to our Twitter #freedomwaves, Facebook, tahrir.ca, ustogaza.org, and irishshiptogaza.org.
Waves of support for Gaza PDF Print E-mail
Nov 04, 2011 at 01:18 PM

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CALL TO ACTION

http://www.tahrir.ca/content/call-action-we-need-waves-support-gaza
November 3, 2011

We Will Not Let Israel Control Gaza
We Need Waves of Support for Gaza

In July, after Freedom Flotillas I and II we promised that we would “keep coming by sea, by air, by land and in the media until the blockade collapses and Palestine is free. At this moment, two boats are in international waters in the Mediterranean heading to Gaza. One boat, the Canadian Tahrir, carries representatives from Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Palestine – and journalists from Democracy Now and Al Jazeera. The Soaires, an Irish boat, carries members of civil society including members of parliament. We have begun the Freedom Waves to Gaza campaign.

Civil society organizations in Gaza await their arrival, and look forward to the delivery of letters collected from thousands of supporters in the "To Gaza With Love" campaign. The Palestinians living in Gaza want solidarity not charity, and have made it clear to the world that their primary demand is for freedom. It is in this spirit that we sail to Gaza.

It is imperative that we mobilize in order to ensure that delegates on are not harmed and that the Tahrir and the Saoirse each Gaza.

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Open letter from the Free Gaza team PDF Print E-mail
Jun 12, 2011 at 11:50 AM

The Free Gaza movement (http://www.freegaza.org/) is a human rights group that, since August 2008, has traveled nine times to Gaza by sea to break Israel's illegal stranglehold on1.5 million Palestinian civilians. We entered Gaza successfully five times in 2008; however, we have been violently intercepted on the past four voyages, including Israel's MAY 31, 2010 lethal attack on our Freedom Flotilla,when nine of our colleagues were killed and many more injured by Israeli commandos.

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Jewish Boat to Gaza boarded by Israeli forces and taken toward Ashdod port PDF Print E-mail
Sep 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

28 September 2010

Irene
One of the many Gaza-bound aid ships that Israel intercepts
 

The Irene, a boat carrying nine passengers and aid for Gaza’s population has been taken over by the Israeli navy and denied access to Gaza.

The boat is flying a British flag and its passengers include citizens of the US, the UK, Germany and Israel. Two journalists are also on board.

Last contact with the boat’s captain, Glyn Secker, was at 0937 GMT, when their path had been cut off by a Destroyer. Recent reports from other news sources indicated that the boat has been surrounded and boarded. At this point they were less than 20 miles from Gaza’s shore. Since then all phones went dead.

 

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Jewish women freed after protest at Israeli consulate

Jan 07, 2009 01:36 PM

Eight Jewish Canadian women who were arrested while holding a protest inside the Israeli consulate have been released.

The RCMP arrested and handcuffed the women, who were staging a sit-in protest against the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza inside the consulate at 180 Bloor St. W. The women were held briefly inside a paddy wagon, but were not charged and were released.

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