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One Last Plea Before We Sail

Our four boats are purchased or refurbished, flagged and registered. The cargo ship is now named the MV Rachel Corrie with the blessing of the Corrie family. Children in Gaza and the occupied West Bank will name the other two boats, and we will let you know what they chose.

We are hard at work collecting the cargo… cement, books for children and universities, paper for printing books, water filtration equipment, and medical equipment, all being denied the people of Gaza by Israel’s brutal blockade.

So we ask one last time for a $25.00-$100.00 donation from each of you, a donation that will be used for our operating costs. It is not enough to buy, register and insure the boats. We need fuel for all vessles, crew expenses, supplies for all four boats, a crane to add to the cargo ship to offload the cargo, and miscellaneous expenses that always appear at the last minute.

Please go to http://www.freegaza.org/de/donate and help us raise the final 20%. You can donate in the U.S. by writing a tax-deductible check to our fiscal sponsor in DC, donate through our two PayPal accounts, one in Cyprus and one in the U.S. or wire an amount into our Free Gaza account in Cyprus. The website provides all of the details for you.

With your help, our final $100,000 can be raised in the next month, as we get ready to leave Europe on May 3 and begin our voyage to Gaza. More than 5000 of you now follow our voyages; you have signed up for our TWITTER account, you have joined our newsletter, and you are members of many Free Gaza lists. Please donate, send our plea to your own lists, then watch our journey live on our website as we make our way across the sea to Gaza.

Thank you from all of us at Free Gaza. Everyone of you has made this flotilla a reality.

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messages of solidarity

You represent the best in humanity, and your efforts will be marked in the collective human memory as the living example of human solidarity for justice and rejection of oppression. History will register your names in letters of light to be remembered and revered by all future generations of human kind whenever the values of liberty, human dignity, and justice are celebrated.

When the dark hours of the Palestinian people come to their inevitable end, Palestinians will remember those who stood beside them and gave them a helping hand when most of the world’s governments stood on the sidelines watching in silence as the Palestinian people were subjected to the most brutal inhumane occupation by the Israeli government and military.

May God bless your hearts!

Nicolas Sayegh
Montreal – Canada

Dear friends of the Coalition to Break the Blockade on Gaza,

The Turkey-based IHH (Insani Yardim Vakfi) organization,

The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG),

The Greek Ship to Gaza campaign,

The Swedish Ship to Gaza campaign, and

The Free Gaza Movement

This is a message of solidarity from Ottawa, Canada.

I would like you to know that we support your efforts to break the brutal, suffocating blockade imposed on the Palestinian people of Gaza by the Israeli government and military. Your efforts to make sure that the Palestinian people under blockade know that they are remembered and supported by people of good conscience from around the Globe are commendable and provide an example for all humanity to follow.

You represent the best in humanity, and your efforts will be marked in the collective human memory as the living example of human solidarity for justice and rejection of oppression. History will register your names in letters of light to be remembered and revered by all future generations of human kind whenever the values of liberty, human dignity, and justice are celebrated.

When the dark hours of the Palestinian people come to their inevitable end, Palestinians will remember those who stood beside them and gave them a helping hand when most of the world’s governments stood on the sidelines watching in silence as the Palestinian people were subjected to the most brutal inhumane occupation by the Israeli government and military.

May God bless your hearts!

Monzer Zimmo
Ottawa, Canada

Hope is the stuff from which life is made!

Hi

I applauded and join your efforts in uncovering the daily and crushing suffering of the Palestinian people especially the inhumane treatment of those Palestinian in Gaza … All normal people Arabs, Jews, Chinese, Americans, Canadians, French, English , Irish , German and the rest of the world should work to end this madness unleashed on the Palestinians; suffering that goes on without a cry from world governments…

It’s extremely sad and will only lead to more suffering everywhere!

Your work is noticed here in Canada,

M. Zommo, Canada

I would like to let you know that I fully support your efforts to end the blockade of GAZA.

Fazl Khan

I support you. God bless you.

Ahmed Abdel-Akher

Dear members of the blockade coalition,

Thank you very much for forming this coalition and for organising events that will have at least a token impact on the suffering of the people in Gaza and through international media will put pressure on the Israeli government to do the right thing. That is to treat the people humanely while following UN resolutions regarding war, occupation etc.
Many of us Canadians support you when they are made aware of the situation in the Palestinian territories.

I have been getting emails about your wonderful initiative to send a flotilla to Gaza to break the blockade. You are doing wonderful work and I wish you good luck.
Thanks on behalf of all of us
best wishes

Lesley Levy

member Independent Jewish Voices
distributer Palestinian Zatoun olive oil

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April 3, 2010

Istanbul, Turkey – Following months of preparation, a coalition bringing together a number of organizations and movements working to break Israel’s illegal blockade on Gaza was announced yesterday in Istanbul. The coalition, comprised of the Turkey-based IHH (Insani Yardim Vakfi) organization, the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG), the Greek Ship to Gaza campaign, the Swedish Ship to Gaza campaign and the Free Gaza Movement, will launch a flotilla of ships laden with cargo, media, parliamentarians, celebrities and activists to Gaza next month.

The flotilla includes at least eight vessels, including three cargo ships, and will set sail from European ports beginning May 3, reaching the port of Gaza later in the month. Over 500 passengers from more than 20 countries will take part, and 5,000 tons of cargo, including cement, prefabricated housing, other building materials, medical equipment, and educational supplies will be delivered to Palestinians in Gaza.

The Free Gaza Movement has been launching ships to Gaza since August 2008, partnering with organizations and activists around the world on these missions. In December 2009, IHH led a land convoy to Gaza that brought tons of humanitarian aid and other supplies. In January 2010 the European Campaign brought 50 parliamentarians to Gaza in solidarity with the Palestinian people and to witness the devastation wrought by Israel’s illegal policies. Ship to Gaza/Greece and Ship to Gaza/Sweden meanwhile have had ongoing campaigns in their countries to raise awareness and funds for this effort and for materials to be brought to Gaza.

“Through this coalition, these organizations will be able to maximize resources, experience and commitment to ending the illegal siege on Gaza. Even as Israel continues its daily persecution of Palestinians, we will use this action to wake the world’s consciousness about the crimes committed against Palestinians,” said IHH President Bulent Yildirim.

The coalition invites organizations and individuals from around the world to join the effort by providing supplies for Gaza and contributing financial support for the mission.

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Free Gaza Movement to Launch Cargo Ship from Ireland
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Written by Free Gaza Team | 01 April 2010
Posted in News

For Immediate Release

Free Gaza Movement to Launch Cargo Ship from Ireland http://www.freegaza.org

Thursday, April 1, 2010

On March 30, the Free Gaza Movement bought a 1200 tonne cargo ship at an auction in Dundalk, Ireland.

The vessel had been impounded a year ago following an inspection by the International Transport Federation (ITF) which found that its’ owners had exploited it’s Lithuanian crew members- not paying their wages and subjecting them to humiliating treatment.

ITF Inspector and SIPTU organiser Ken Fleming said, ‘We are pleased to announce that this vessel which was used to subject workers to modern day slavery, will now be used to promote human rights for the people of Palestine’.

The Free Gaza Movement now owns four ships including three passenger vessels.

Free Gaza’s ships will take part in an international flotilla taking humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza strip this May. Passenger and cargo ships are also being organised by the Turkish humanitarian organisation I.H.H., and by groups in Greece, Sweden, Malaysia and Belgium.

Free Gaza has launched eight missions to Gaza over the past two years. Five were successful. The last three were violently stopped by the Israeli Navy.

The Irish ship will be taking 500 tons of cement, as well as medicines, medical equipment and educational materials to the people of Gaza.

Derek Graham of the Free Gaza Movement said, ‘We have international law and the conscience of the people of the world on our side. We know the Irish people will not stand by and let the people of Gaza be starved and punished by Israel any longer’.

In preparation for the launch of the Irish ship, hospitals, trade unions, churches, mosques, families and community groups are being invited to sponsor bags of cement to help the people of Gaza to rebuild.

Caoimhe Butterly of the Free Gaza Movement said ‘We call upon the Irish people and government to support the safe passage of our mission. The siege is a form of collective, sustained and devastating punishment. Supporting the flotilla is a way for the people of Ireland to show direct solidarity with the 1.5 million Palestinians trapped in Gaza as they attempt to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives’.

The vessel, the MV Linda, will be re-named the MV Rachel Corrie, in memory of the 23 year old solidarity activist crushed to death in 2003 by an Israeli bulldozer as she attempted to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in Gaza. The Free Gaza Movement pays tribute to Rachel and the thousands of Palestinian men, women and children killed, wounded or imprisoned under Israeli Occupation.

Contact Jenny@ 00353 86 3403689

derek @ 00353 86 3403659

jennygraham7@gmail.com

Any individuals, organisations , media etc who would like to help or think they can help, please feel free to get in touch…….

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