We’re back after a brief hiatus to get over the disappointment of losing Gaza’s Ark, not to mention the grief and loss caused by the massacre that Israel callously called “Operation Protective Edge“.
While in the ensuing months there have been a few personal changes here at Free Gaza Australia (FGA), our mission has not changed. We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip to raise awareness of their collective punishment and we will continue to challenge the illegal and inhumane blockade of the strip till Gaza is free!
As the blockade heads towards it’s 10th year of operation the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM), negotiated by the Government of Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations (UN), has, in the opinion of University of Nottingham’s Professor Nigel White made the UN itself complicit in “the maintenance of the blockade and, therefore, is committing as well as aiding and assisting violations of international law.” This shows again that governments and international institutions have failed Palestinian residents of the Strip. The GRM has also failed to deliver the promised rebuilding of Strip, with Oxfam reporting that of the 100 000 people left homeless following the end of the aggression in August 2014, 75 000 still can’t go home.
This is why the work of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) is more important than ever.
The latest FFC initiative which FGA is a partner in is the Women’s Boat to Gaza (WBG). The WBG will highlight the undeniable contributions and indomitable spirit of Palestinian women who have been central within the Palestinian struggle in Gaza, the West Bank, inside the Green Line, and in the diaspora. While also protesting against the passivity and complicity of the international community, especially western governments, and simultaneously and as importantly show civil society solidarity with the Palestinian resistance.