‘Made in Gaza’: Breaking the siege By Eric Walberg

11 June 2013 — Eric Walberg

The builders of Gaza’s Ark hope to bring Gazan goods to the world. The latest plan to try to break the illegal siege of Gaza, according to organizer Michael Coleman at Sunday’s press conference in the port of Gaza, is to refurbish their very second-hand fishing boat, fill it with Gazan products (date products, embroidery, craft items and more) and sail to another Mediterranean port, like any normal exporter.

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Gaza: The Blockade Runners: Pro-Palestinian activism to break the illegal siege By Julie Lévesque

18 July 2011 — Global Research

Global Research Editor’s Note

The following article by Julie Lévesque is Part I of a review of  the lone humanitarian ship to Gaza, “The Spirit of Rachel Corrie” which reached Palestinian territorial waters before being brutally intercepted by The Israeli Navy.

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Gaza rejects Greek government charity

14 July, 2011 — Free Gaza

The following letter was delivered to the Greek Government on July 12, 2011 making it clear that the people of Gaza seek freedom and respect for their human rights, including their right to lead a dignified life, not charity. Seemingly deaf to their call, yesterday a spokesman for the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Delavekouras, repeated the Greek Government’s “generous offer” to deliver limited humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza – instead of helping them gain the freedom that is rightfully theirs.

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French Ship Carries Freedom Flotilla’s “Dignity” to Gaza By Begoña Astigarraga

13 July 2011 — IPS


Activists on hunger strike in Spanish embassy. Credit:Bego Astigarraga/IPS

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ATHENS, Jul 12, 2011 (IPS) – The French vessel Dignité-Al Karama is the only boat from the Freedom Flotilla II actually sailing for Gaza in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade imposed in 2006. At the same time, six Spanish members of the humanitarian aid mission went on hunger strike in the Greek capital.

The hunger strikers, who have occupied the Spanish embassy in Athens since Jul. 5, were travelling on the Spanish ship Gernika (Guernica) that was part of the flotilla carrying 500 activists from 45 different countries, and 5,000 tonnes of aid, bound for the Gaza Strip.

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Interviews from Libya: What is Happening on the Ground From Global Research’s Special Correspondent By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

8 July 2011 — Global Research – Flashpoints

July 5, 2011

Today on Flashpoints, we return to the escalating war in Libya following a fresh bombing campaign on the capital of Tripoli this weekend. We then return to our coverage of the Freedom Flotilla 2 whose vessels have been seized and confined to dock by the Greek government. Finally, we look at the legal campaign to hold Haiti’s “Baby Doc Duvalier” accountable for thefts and crimes he committed against the Haitian people.

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Why is the flotilla heading for Gaza to break the blockade? Nadezhda Kevorkova on Flotilla Free Gaza 2

1 July 2011 — RT

freedom-2.jpgAthens : Passengers on the US Gaza-bound boat, ‘The Audacity of Hope’ prepare to set sail from Athens on June 30, 2011 to join the flotilla to Gaza. (AFP PHOTO/ JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK )

In May, Egypt announced that it was lifting the blockade of Gaza from its side. This has prompted many to wonder why the upcoming Gaza flotilla is necessary. We found some compelling reasons.

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Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2: Call the Greek Embassy now July 1st 11:30…

Call the Greek Embassy now!

July 1st – 11:30 am

We urge you to immediately contact the Greek Embassy in Washington, DC at 202-939-1300 or the Greek consulate in your city. Tell them to let The Audacity of Hope leave Athens safely and sail to Gaza.

Right now there is a stand off between the boat and the Greek Coast Guard. No one is moving and it is not clear what will happen next.

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Sabotage of M.V. Saoirse in Turkey ‘an act of international terrorism’

30 June 2011 — IRISH SHIP TO GAZA

The Irish-owned ship, the MV Saoirse, that was meant to take part in Freedom Flotilla 2 has been sabotaged in a dangerous manner in the Turkish coastal town of Göcek, where it had been at berth for the past few weeks. Visual evidence of the undership sabotage, which was carried out by divers, will be presented today at a press conference in Dublin at 11am in Buswell’s Hotel. Photographs and video footage of the damage are available from the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 29 June, 2011: Israel passes draft law requiring Palestinians to pay for their own home demolitions

29 June, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israel Remove Structures In Illegal Settlement
IMEMC – Wednesday June 29, 2011 – 14:38, Five structures and two tents were raised in the illegal settlement outpost of Ramat Migro in the Northern West Bank on Wednesday morning. Two teenage girls were arrested for allegedly throwing a paint bottle at police during clashes between the Israeli military and the settlers.

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Media Invited to Inspect U.S. Boat to Gaza Before it Sails


Audacity Invites Media to Inspect Boat and Passengers

“We’re Sulfur-Free and Ready to Sail”

Passengers on the U.S. Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope, invite Greek and international media to inspect The Audacity of Hope at 3 pm Athens time on Thursday, June 30, in the town of Perama (next to Piraeus), 42 Democratis. Continue reading

State Department Officials Have an Obligation to Speak Out Against Israeli Threats to Attack U.S. Boat to Gaza

24 June 2011 — US Boat to Gaza

Athens, June 24, 2011 – U.S. peace activists preparing to set sail on the U.S. Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope, expressed profound disappointment over a statement issued by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Instead of calling on the Israeli government to let a flotilla of unarmed civilians sail to Gaza, the United States government is pressuring its own citizens to refrain from legal acts. Continue reading