The Free Gaza movement 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.
The Free Gaza movement and its coalition partners, the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza; IHH -- the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights, Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief; the International Committee to End the Siege on Gaza; Ship to Gaza Sweden and Ship to Gaza Greece are the only organizations that have sent boats directly to Gaza in defiance of Israel's criminal closure of the Gaza Strip.
We sail as an expression of citizen nonviolent, direct action, confronting Israel's ongoing abuses of Palestinian human and political rights.
Freegaza - News section
Below is an approximate list of the Freedom Flotilla II - Stay Human participants
Spain - Gernicka, 30 passengers
France - Louise Michel, 24 passengers, 6 journalists
France - Dignity, 10 passengers, 1 journalist
Australia/Belgium/Canada/Denmark/Germany - Tahrir, 48 passengers, 9 journalists
Italy/Netherlands/Germany/Switzerland/Malaysia - Stefano Chiarini, 65 passengers, 5 journalists
Ireland - Saoirse, 20 passengers, 2 journalists
European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza - Freedom for All, 15 passengers
Greece/Sweden/Norway - Juliano, 25 passengers, 4 journalists
Greece/Sweden/Norway - Methimus #2 cargo boat, 15 passengers
United States - The Audacity of Hope, 40 passengers, 10 journalists
I will update this thread documenting the progress of the Flotilla.
Hopefully this time there will be no bloodshed and that the Flotilla will reach its destination.
Can we please avoid the usual tit for tat arguments in this thread.
I would appeal to all that support this initiative not to be drawn into pointless arguments with those that will as per usual attempt to hijack the thread.
I also appeal to those that have objections to the Flotilla to refrain from entering the thread.
Show your support by posting messages of peace and solidarity.
I will ensure that these messages are passed on to those that are aboard the Freedom Flotilla...
Peace and Love to all...
Edited by smokinp, 30 June 2011 - 09:30 AM.