Finally, we have an update for you all regarding our journey to Gaza. Below, you will find the official announcement from the “Free Gaza Movement“, in relation to the ‘HOPE’ Fleet. Derek and I will both leave for Gaza on board one of the boats in the Flotilla. Regardless of how long the boats are staying in Gaza, we are hoping to stay for 3-6 months. So, the next few weeks will be a surge of organisation, both personally and with regard to the flotilla. As both of us have now decided to stay long term in Gaza, we are technically leaving Cyprus, so our house needs to be emptied, belongings put into storage, bags packed, etc.
We have many hopes, ideas and plans to assist the people of Gaza, once we actually get there, and will keep you all updated as we progress.
A sincere thanks to all of you who have been supporting us so far. Thank you to all of you who have spread the word about the blog, and of course, to those of you who have already donated. ( please keep it up, xxxx)
Support the Free Gaza Hope Fleet and help shatter the israeli siege
Monday, 30 March 2009 14:20
DEAR FRIENDS: The Free Gaza Movement will again challenge Israel’s illegal closure of the Gaza Strip and collective punishment of its civilian population by sailing the HOPE FLEET, a flotilla of passenger and cargo ships, to Gaza at the end of May 2009 – to be followed by freedom riders this summer. We are turning to you, our friends & supporters, to help make Hope come alive.
Our small yet committed group has already made five successful voyages to Gaza, delivering needed human rights workers & humanitarian supplies, taking out Palestinian students and medical patients, and helping to lessen Gaza’s terrible isolation from the world. We are confident that with the universal outrage over Israel’s massacres in Gaza we will be able to send a flotilla of ships to shatter the siege and deliver a message of international hope and solidarity to the people of Palestine.March 30th, 2009 marks the BDS (Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions) Global Day of Action against Israeli violence . Responsible BDS actions were used to end apartheid in South Africa. Today, Israeli policies of racism, ethnic cleansing and the brutal military occupation of Palestine demand equally determined & direct action to overcome them. When our governments fail to act, we – the citizens of the world – must stand up and make our voices heard. Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights grants all people the right to leave and return to their own country – a right that Israel summarily denies Palestinians.
We are looking for ships wishing to join the Hope Fleet and sail to Gaza in late May, and we are looking for high-profile people, including parliamentarians and celebrities, who want to join us and demand that a besieged Gaza cannot forever remain an open-air prison with no access to the world. The Free Gaza Movement will continue to challenge Israel’s brutal policies. We will go to Gaza again, and again, and again, until the Israeli siege is broken and the people of Gaza have access to the rest of the world.
If you are interested in joining or supporting this action, please email Iristulip(at)gmail.com. We will begin collecting names and information as we ready for this historic voyage. With your help, we will make the HOPE FLEET a reality.
For more information, please visit our website: http://www.FreeGaza.org
 Land Day, known as ‘Youm al-Ard’ in Arabic, commemorates the bloody killing of six Palestinians in the Galilee on March 30, 1976 by Israeli troops during peaceful protests over the confiscation of Palestinian lands. It has since become a painful reminder of Israeli injustice and oppression against the Palestinian people, and a day for demonstration linking all Palestinians in their struggle against occupation, self-determination and national liberation. http://www.miftah.org/Display.cfm?DocId=3410&CategoryId=4