Freedom Flotilla 2: Stay Human – News Updates

  • Jane Hirschman / MondoweissWhy am I organizing the Gaza boat? Because Jewish history commands me: People often ask me why I am part of a team to organize a U.S. Boat to Gaza that will be sailing this month with the next International Flotilla to break the siege of Gaza. They often make clear they are asking because I am an American Jew, whose family survived the Holocaust with some surviving family members ending up in Israel. And my only answer is: How could I not?
  • Irish TimesFlotilla aims to turn tide on Israel’s Gaza policies:The unfortunate reality is that the plight of the Palestinians is a dramatic one. It is a history of military occupation, statelessness, extrajudicial killings, detention without trial and law-enshrined discrimination.Despite the depth of the problems, activists do not tire or lose hope. They continue to spread understanding of the conflict, because as revolutions across the Middle East have shown, it is ordinary decent people, and not governments, who hold the key to dismantling unjust regimes.
  •  Irish CentralIrish Gaza flotilla activists vow to stop Israeli forces boarding ship once more; Vow to break the Gaza blockade: At least 20 Irish citizens, including public figures like former rugby international Trevor Hogan, are taking part in the Freedom Flotilla II.
  • Irish ExaminerActivists vow to stop Israeli forces boarding aid ship: “We will not lay hands on them, we will not use physical measures against them. But we will lock down the ship and make it difficult to seize control.”
  • New Ross StandardGerard on Gaza ‘flotilla’: A NEW ROSS man will be setting off tomorrow ( Wednesday) on board the Irish ship sailing to Gaza as part of the ‘International Freedom Flotilla’. Wexford Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign branch organiser, Gerard Barron will be the only Wexford representative on board the MV Saoirse when it sets sail tomorrow.The ship plans to meet with 80 other ships carrying 1,000 passengers from 25 countries around the world in the Mediterranean and aims to be in Gaza next Monday or Tuesday.‘ The plan is to break the siege. We hope Israel acts with a bit more common sense than the last time and keeps the safety of passengers a priority and allows us to sail in,’ said Gerard. ‘ The Gaza Strip remains under constant siege and the humanitarian crisis is getting worse and worse.’

    ‘ The tiny coastal area of the Gaza Strip is home to 1.5 million Palestinians and is effectively an open-air prison camp controlled by Israel,’ said Gerard.

  • Senator Trevor Ó ClochartaighGilmore must back the Flotilla:“There are some 20 Irish citizens taking part in the flotilla including artists, politicians, political activists, and former sportsmen, as well as my party colleagues Cllrs Pat Fitzgerald and John Hearne from Waterford. The MV Saoirse is an Irish boat and clearly there are significant connections with Ireland. In that context, there is an onus on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to act, and to put pressure on the Israeli government to allow the flotilla through to Gaza.“The humanitarian situation in Gaza has become deeply troubling as trade embargoes, travel restrictions, and food, fuel and medical shortages have had an enormous impact on the lives of ordinary Palestinians.“According to the World Food Program, the Israeli blockade means that 59% of Gaza’s food import needs aren’t being met. We are also seeing massive shortages of fuel and materials, which have not only directly affected the living standards of ordinary Palestinians, but have created huge difficulties in terms of energy and employment. The UN has warned that Gaza will become a 100% dependent economy if the borders remain closed for import, export and travel. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has said that farmers have so far lost millions due to the pressures on exports.

    “Huge amounts of people don’t have proper access to drinking water because pumps are out of action. The medical sector is facing further crisis due to severe drug and personnel shortages, lack of medical equipment and external travel restrictions. The WHO believes that 91 out of 416 essential drugs have run out.

    “Frankly it’s practically unheard of for the victims of an oppressive regime to be subject to such sanctions yet not the oppressive regime itself.”

    “The Government should be doing all in its power to end the siege of Gaza and the suffering of the Palestinian people there, including calling for an end to the preferential trade agreement between the EU and Israel until such time as the siege is lifted.”

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