No 325 Posted by fw, November 4, 2011
Speaking for myself, after 69 months of authoritarian rule by a morally-challenged, bullying prime minister whose blatant wedge politicking has sapped the pride I once felt in my Canadian identity, my heart swelled yesterday as I watched Democracy Now’s video report from the decks of the Tahrir, the Canadian boat attempting to break the illegal Israeli blockage of Gaza.
The Tahrir is part of a flotilla of two boats named “Freedom Waves to Gaza”, marking the latest attempt by international activists to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. The ships will likely reach Gaza by Friday, but Israel has threatened to intercept them. “I anticipate that the Israeli army, the navy, is probably considering boarding us, at some point, on our way to Gaza and the siege,” said passenger Kit Kittredge of the group, Code Pink. “I am not feeling fearful. I am feeling actually pretty peaceful. And that’s what we are: We are a peaceful boat and a peaceful flotilla going to end the siege.”
Watch Democracy Now’s 14-minute video below or watch it here on Democracy Now, where you can also download a transcript of the broadcast.
And below the video please read and act on the CALL TO ACTION to support the Freedom Waves Flotlla
EXCLUSIVE: Video Report From Gaza-Bound Flotilla Attempting to Break Israeli Blockade, uploaded by Democracy Now on Nov 3, 2011
CALL TO ACTION, November 3, 2011
WE NEED WAVES OF SUPPORT FOR GAZA — We Will Not Let Israel Control Gaza
In July, after Freedom Flotillas I and II we promised that we would “keep coming by sea, by air, by land and in the media until the blockade collapses and Palestine is free. At this moment, two boats are in international waters in the Mediterranean heading to Gaza. One boat, the Canadian Tahrir, carries representatives from Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Palestine – and journalists from Democracy Now and Al Jazeera. The Soaires, an Irish boat, carries members of civil society including members of parliament. We have begun the Freedom Waves to Gaza campaign.
Civil society organizations in Gaza await their arrival, and look forward to the delivery of letters collected from thousands of supporters in the “To Gaza With Love” campaign. The Palestinians living in Gaza want solidarity not charity, and have made it clear to the world that their primary demand is for freedom. It is in this spirit that we sail to Gaza.
It is imperative that we mobilize in order to ensure that delegates on are not harmed and that the Tahrir and the Saoirse reach Gaza. There have been three attempts in the last year and a half alone to break the siege of Gaza. The world knows about the terrible outcome in May, 2010. Earlier this summer, we watched and were as dismayed as everyone else when the Freedom Flotilla boats were turned back by Greece at Israel’s and the United States’ behest. But we knew the movement would continue, and today it has! Please stay tuned as we await the outcome of this important human rights mission. We remain committed to non-violently supporting the Palestinians in the movement to end the blockade.
Here are some of the things that you can do to help: We need your help to make this mission a success. The Harper government will certainly be working with Israel to undermine this mission. We can minimise the possibility that violence will be used against the nonviolent activists and the boats by letting our governments know we are watching. We here, on land, can play a key role to breaking the blockade.
Please take these actions immediately.
Talking points for calls/emails to government:
The Freedom Waves to Gaza initiative is a non-violent, civil society movement to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza.