May 11, 2015
Thank you for your support of Gaza’s Ark.
As you can see on our website and on social media we have been working on a range of areas since the destruction of our boat last July, including supporting our Swedish partners who set sail last weekend for Gaza.
We still retain some assets, as well as possession of some produce that people from overseas purchased, which Gaza’s Ark had been due to carry. We hope to export these goods on board one or more of the boats that are heading to the Gaza Strip as part of Freedom Flotilla III.
We shall continue to communicate with you in relation to any developments re Gaza’s Ark and these matters in particular. However if you wish to keep in touch regarding progress of the flotilla you may wish to sign up for updates or connect with our partners at Canadian Boat to Gaza or the International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza based in England.
As our partners prepare boats for Freedom Flotilla III and begin to sail to challenge the blockade, please assist financially if at all possible:
http://www.tahrir.ca/content/donate or www.shiptogaza.se/en/donate.
Once again thank you for your support and we look forward to continuing to work with you as we collectively strive for the end of the blockade of Gaza and for the realisation by the Palestinian people of all of their human rights.
on behalf of
Gaza’s Ark Steering Committee
Around 10 pm Friday [June 20], Ship to Gaza’s trawler Marianne of Gothenburg left the port of Messina at the east coast of Sicilia and sailed out on to the Ionian Sea through the strait of Messina. During the coming week, Marianne will meet up with the other boats who are part of Freedom Flottila III. Together they will try to break the illegal blockade on Gaza through a peaceful non-violent action. The short stop in Messina was an intensive one with meetings with peace activists and a press conference at the city hall with the mayor of Messina, the famous corruption fighter enemy Renato Accorinti.
On board the Marianne, to participate in this action, you will find:
The Swedish journalist, author and social critic Kajsa Ekis Ekman;
The Swedish-Israeli composer and activist, Dror Feiler;
The Canadaian scholar and activist, Robert “Bob” Lovelace, a veteran within movements in support of the Indigenous peoples’ rights;
The Spanish Member of the European Parliament, Ana Maria Miranda Paza (Bloque Nacionalista Galego);
Professor Gerd von der Lippe, Norwegian sport sociologist and former athletics star.
The following journalists will be attending:
The Russian journalist, Nadia Kevorkova;
A New Zealand team from Maoria Television, consisting of the reporter Ruwani Perera and the cameraman, Jacob Bryant.