The Audacity of the Free Gaza Flotilla - Breaking the Israeli Siege of Gaza May Lead to an Attack at Sea, Detention Camps and Deportation - By Ann Wright, Common Dreams (27/5/10) PDF Print E-mail
By Ann Wright   
Saturday, 29 May 2010 00:44


[Editor: It should be noted that Malaysia through the Perdana Global Peace Organisation was responsible for funding the cargo boat Rachel Corrie and two passenger boats, and these vessels form part of the flotilla, but unfortunately not mentioned by the author in her article.]


By the time you read this, we will be on the high seas of the Mediterranean (we hope the seas will not be too high).

Our two U.S. flagged Free Gaza boats, will join two other passenger ships, a 600 passenger ship from Turkey sponsored by the Turkish humanitarian organization, Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH) and a 50 passenger ship from Athens sponsored by the European Campaign Against the Siege and the Greek/Swedish Ships to Gaza campaign, to sail to the shores of Gaza to break the Israeli naval blockade of the 1.5 million citizens in Gaza.

Four cargo ships from Ireland, Greece, Algeria and Turkey, will carry a total of 10,000 tons or 2 million pounds of construction materials for the housing of 50,000 made homeless during the 22 day Israeli attack on Gaza that killed 1440 Palestinians and wounded 5,000.

Many of us would like to see our boat renamed "The Audacity of Hope" as that is what we want to see from the Obama administration-- courage to challenge the Israeli government on the siege of Gaza.  It would be a really brave, bold move as every U.S. presidential administration since the formation of the State of Israeli in 1948 has blindly given free-rein to Israel in whatever actions it wishes to undertake no matter if the actions are a violation of international law.  The carte blanche given to Israel by the United States has been dangerous for Israel's national security as well as for the national security of the United States.

Probable reaction of Israeli Navy Ships-Bow shots, ramming or boarding

In less than 48 hours, the Israeli Navy will probably fire U.S. made ammunition and rockets in international waters over the bows of two U.S. flagged boats and one Greek boat with U.S. citizens aboard as well as citizens from 13 other countries and over the bows of the Turkish 600 passenger ship. 

Ironically, on one passenger ship will be Joe Meaders, a U.S. citizen who is a survivor of the Israeli air and naval attack on a United States Navy ship, the USS Liberty, in 1967 killed 34 U.S. sailors and wounded 173. The Israeli government has never acknowledged, much less apologized for, the deaths of these sailors, nor the destruction of the USS Liberty.

According to Israeli media, the Israeli military is preparing for our arrival off the shores of Gaza.  The Israeli navy has been practicing its plan for preventing us from docking in Gaza, a plan that probably includes demanding by radio that the ships change course away from Gaza, firing weapons in front of the ships, ramming the ships and sending well-armed boarding parties onto the ships.



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Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad: A Salute In Solidarity - Perdana Global Peace Organisation (27/5/10) PDF Print E-mail
Perdana Global Peace Organisation   
Friday, 28 May 2010 00:14





I would like to take this opportunity to salute the Free Gaza movement and its partners in launching the Freedom Flotilla, a bold attempt at breaking the siege of Gaza. I also salute the courageous people on board the boats, who are determined to make a difference despite the odds of being attacked and taken away. This is no mere symbolic gesture but a genuine attempt at telling the people of Gaza that they are not forgotten.

Where world governments and the United Nations have feared to tread – to protest and condemn the rogue state of Israel in its illegal blockade and occupation of Gaza and other Palestinian territories, this remarkable venture is indeed brave and heartwarming. This international venture is a ‘role model’ exercise in standing up and being counted in the name of humanity!

I am especially encouraged to see several civil society groups from Europe and the USA, represented in this Freedom Flotilla. It is a testimony that there are people out there who care and want to declare solidarity with the people of Gaza, who have been driven to abject poverty and prisonlike conditions since the Israeli occupation of 1967.

I call on the United Nations Secretary-General and responsible world leaders to exercise their authority in line with prevailing international law, to ensure that the Freedom Flotilla gets a safe and unobstructed passage to Gaza. I would like to especially appeal to the good office of President Barack Obama to do all he can to ensure that the Israelis respect international law and withdraw their threats to blockade and attack the Freedom Flotilla.



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We Will Resist Israel's Attempts to Stop Us - The Free Gaza Movement (27/5/10) PDF Print E-mail
The Free Gaza Movement   
Thursday, 27 May 2010 07:17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hearklin, Crete, Tuesday, May 25, 2010) As Israel continues to insist it will stop the seven-ship international Freedom Flotilla, two more ships departed from Greece to Gaza today.

A 2000 ton cargo ship and fifty-person passenger ship owned by the European Campaign Against the Siege of Gaza, and Swedish/Greek Ship to Gaza campaigns left Athens to meet the Freedom Flotilla in international waters.

They follow hot on the trail of the cargo ships of Insani Yardim Vakafi (IHH’s) and Free Gaza’s MV Rachel Corrie. IHH’s remaining 1100 capacity passenger ship and cargo ship are to sail shortly from Turkey.

In Crete, the Free Gaza Movement is readying its two passenger boats for their imminent departure. ‘Al Samoud’ (The Steadfast’) and ‘Al Haya’ (The Ship of Life) were named by children from schools in occupied Gaza and Jerusalem.

Reports coming from the Israeli Navy say they will jam the flotilla’s signals and communications, isolating those on board the ships, and barring the world from witnessing what could become a confrontation or prolonged naval stand-off.



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Gaza Freedom Flotilla: Not Just another Middle East Crisis - By Ron Forthofer, Palestinian Chronicle (26/5/10) PDF Print E-mail
By Ron Forthofer, Palestinian Chronicle   
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 10:51

 



Israel said it will not allow this current flotilla to reach Gaza. (FreeGaza.org)

 

The U.S. corporate media have provided little coverage on some important happenings in the Middle East during the past 18 months. You might ask what's the big deal -- bad stuff happens there all the time and it doesn't concern me. In this case, recent events have the potential to create an international crisis in the coming days. Before getting to the possible explosive situation, we first need some background information.

One key event is that Gaza has become a flash point in the relations between Turkey and Israel. In a dramatic reversal, Turkey has moved from close relations with Israel to being quite critical of Israeli policies, particularly of those against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. For example, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan labeled Israeli actions in Gaza during its December 2008 attack a "crime against humanity".

Taking a longer-term view, Erdogan also said: "Civilians and children are dying in Gaza. Those who keep their silence over these attacks out of whatever concern or for whatever diplomatic reason, will pay the price before history." His statements offered quite a contrast to the tepid and shameful position taken by U.S. officials.



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Flotilla Aims To Break Israel's Grip On Gaza - By Paul McGeough (26/5/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 May 2010 10:21

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