Challenging the Blockade – 2015

Freedom Flotilla III and Ongoing Solidarity with Palestinian People of Gaza

Free Gaza Australia joins with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) in condemning: ongoing Israeli military attacks on the Palestinian people of Gaza; the ongoing blockade; and international collaboration and complicity that allows such attacks and the blockade to continue.

In July 2014, the Israeli military attacked the Palestinians of Gaza, killing more than 2,200 people (including more than 550 children) and destroying entire neighbourhoods. One other target during these attacks was Gaza’s Ark – deliberately targeted and destroyed by a shell which came from the sea. More details here.

Following the destruction of Gaza’s Ark, the FFC reaffirmed the responsibility of civil society worldwide to continue to sail to Gaza and challenge the Israeli blockade, the source of most of the problems facing the Palestinians of Gaza.

During 2015, members of Free Gaza Australia have supported the most recent mission of the FFC, Freedom Flotilla III, which led by the Marianne of Gothenburg sailed from Sweden towards Palestine. On 29 June 2015 the Israeli navy once more attacked a peaceful boat in international waters – this time sailing under a Swedish flag – and after violently taking over the boat sailed it against the wishes of the crew to the port of Ashdod. Free Gaza Australia condemns this most recent act of international piracy, which are perhaps unsurprising given the daily acts of maritime crime committed against the Palestinian fishers of Gaza, which Israel commits with impunity. More information about the attacks on Palestinian fishers and on the Flotilla, including many videos, photos and stories can be sourced via these websites: Ship to Gaza Sweden or the FFC or else through Facebook pages including FFC and Free Gaza Australia.

 

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