Sunday, 13 July 2008

The 'End the Siege' boat heads off!

A ship is shortly heading off to Gaza, as part of the Free-Gaza movement
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They are taking desperately needed medical supplies and medics to the Palestinians who are besieged in Gaza and dying pointlessly from the lack of basic care.
This has to be one of the most creative, mad, joyous, courageous actions ever. And I'm very proud to know the person that got it all started...

Here's part of their mission statement:
We want to break the siege of Gaza. We want to raise international awareness about the prison-like closure of the Gaza Strip and pressure the international community to review its sanctions policy and end its support for continued Israeli occupation. We want to uphold Palestine's right to welcome internationals as visitors, human rights observers, humanitarian aid workers, journalists, or otherwise.

Who are we? We are human rights observers, aid workers, and journalists. We have years of experience volunteering in Gaza and the West Bank at the invitation of Palestinians. But now, because of the increasing stranglehold of Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine, many of us find it almost impossible to enter Gaza, and an increasing number have been refused entry to Israel and the West Bank as well. Despite the great need for our work, the Israeli Government will not allow us in to do it.

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