US Boat to Gaza: “This is the ‘Freedom Ride’ of this era”
Fifty years ago, on May 4, 1961, the first bus of the Freedom Rides left Washington D.C. headed to New Orleans, with people committed to challenging segregation. The Freedom Rides were one of the sparks that contributed to a movement to dismantle a degrading system that violated human rights.
In an interview with organizers from The U.S. Boat to Gaza, Alice Walker, one of our nation’s foremost contemporary writers and the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize, likened the planned Freedom Flotilla II to Gaza to the Freedom Rides by saying “this is the Freedom Ride of this era.” In the U.S. the racist system of segregation was challenged; in South Africa the racist system of apartheid was challenged; in Palestine the racist system of occupation and apartheid, enforced by the Israeli government and supported by the U.S government, is being challenged and will come to an end.
- Irish Times – UN criticises deteriorating conditions in Gaza Strip;
- Mondoweiss – 12 times in the last year Israel has shot and wounded Palestinians working to collect scrap near fence in Gaza– 12 times;
- Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign – Irish Government Should Seek Safe Passage for MV Saoirse and Gaza Freedom Flotilla II;
- Palestinian Centre for Human Rights – Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Fishermen at Gaza Sea: Fact Sheet;
- Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights – Fact Sheet: Gaza Fishermen – Life with Poverty, Harassment and Suffering;
- United Nations [PDF] – United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine: Farming without Land, Fishing without Water – Gaza Agriculture Sector Struggles to Survive;
- Free Gaza – Stealing Gaza’s Gas;
- Amnesty International UK, blogs – Exploitation of Gaza Part 1;
- Electronic Intifada – Israel hindering delivery of aid;
- Electronic Intifada – Israel hampers aid agencies at Gaza crossings;
- Electronic Intifada – Blockade denying Gaza youth education, employment;