Gaza’s Ark – Building Hope
Free Gaza Australia in cooperation, with international partners in Palestine, Canada, the US and Europe, is participating in a new initiative to challenge the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza, Gaza’s Ark.
Gaza’s Ark is building a boat in Gaza, using existing resources. Once completed it will be sailed out of Gaza with a crew of Palestinians and internationals aboard, carrying Palestinian products to fulfill trade deals with international buyers.
Gaza’s Ark will be constructed in Gaza by Palestinian hands and expertise, with international assistance.
Gaza’s Ark will help revitalise the dwindling ship building industry in Gaza and help ensure the transmission of this disappearing expertise to the younger generations.
Through Gaza’s Ark trade deals will be secured between Palestinian producers and international businesses and NGOs.
Gaza’s Ark will also provide training to Gaza’s sailors in the use of up-to-date electronic sailing equipment and techniques which they have been denied for years as a result of the blockade.
Although it will help in a very limited manner to alleviate Gaza’s unemployment crisis by paying wages to the boat builders and providing business opportunities to traders, Gaza’s Ark is not an aid project. It is a peaceful action against the blockade which Israel unilaterally and unreasonably imposes on Gaza.
Gaza’s Ark also stands in solidarity with Palestinians seeking to derive a livelihood from fishing in Gaza, whose ability to operate in territorial waters is threatened by the same Israeli blockade which our campaign is challenging.
Gaza’s Ark challenges the blockade by building hope on the ground in Gaza, and affirms our confidence that the Palestinians of Gaza can rebuild their economy through outbound trade that threatens no-one’s security.
If you are as excited about Gaza’s Ark as we are, you can help in either of two ways:
1. Give of your time/skills – contact us to discuss how you would like to be involved: Publicity/Outreach, Fundraising, Media, Social Media, Website Development or Planning.
2. Give your financial support:
Bank: Commonwealth Bank
Acc Name: GFF Australia Group
BSB: 062102 Acc No: 10197185
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