Gaza Freedom Flotilla arrives in Palermo, Sicily/Update

Gaza Freedom Flotilla arrives in Palermo, Sicily/Update

Postby Oscar » Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:16 pm

Gaza Freedom Flotilla arrives in Palermo, Sicily

[ https://canadians.org/blog/gaza-freedom ... rmo-sicily ]

July 19, 2018 - 9:04 pm

(PHOTO: A picture showing several of the ships taking part in the Palestine Freedom Flotilla campaign as they near a port in Palermo, Sicily, on July 17, 2018. (Photo by freedomflotilla.org))


London Chapter co-chair David Heap is in Palermo, Italy as part of a pro-refugee protest. While there he and others have rallied in support of global activists currently making final preparations for this year's Freedom Flotilla, which leaves from Palermo on Thursday.

In an interview with Press TV [ https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/07/ ... ly-freedom ], David explained, "The freedom flotilla is a grassroots, multinational movement to challenge the illegal inhumane blockade of Gaza, and to reach the conscience of the world that the governments are complicit with the blockade move..., because it is with the complicity of the Western governments that the blockade continues."

According to another of the pro-refugee activists, "We are all supporting human rights so we are obviously going to support [the Freedom Flotilla activists]. We are here to try and open the borders and stop the war."

As Press TV reports, "Gaza has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007, which has caused a sharp decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty. According to the UN, the stringent conditions threaten to render the territory uninhabitable by 2020."

The Council of Canadians has long called for an end to the blockade of Gaza [ https://canadians.org/node/7820 ], and highlighted the water crisis created by the ongoing conflict. [ https://canadians.org/blog/right-water- ... epens-gaza ]

You can read the full Press TV article here:
[ https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/07/ ... ly-freedom ]

The Council of Canadians blog
[ https://canadians.org/blogs/council-canadians ]
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Re: Gaza Freedom Flotilla arrives in Palermo, Sicily

Postby Oscar » Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:27 pm

Update: Freedom Flotilla departs for Gaza

[ https://canadians.org/blog/update-freed ... parts-gaza ]

July 23, 2018 - 12:31 pm

(PHOTO: The Freedom Flotilla departs for Gaza. Photo from Freedom Flotilla Coalition)

London Chapter co-chair David Heap has been in Palermo, Italy, working to help refugees and supporting the Gaza Freedom Flotilla which sailed from Sicily yesterday, July 22.

New Zealand-based activist Mike Treen blogged about the departure and his experience so far, including support in Sicily and elsewhere: "The Freedom Flotilla participants were [...] warmly welcomed by thousands of Italian and Spanish supporters of refugee rights and open borders in a joint march through the fantastically beautiful city at night." Members of the Flotilla have had training from US professionals in non-violent resistance, support from Portuguese port workers and Scandinavian fisherman, and endorsements from sympathetic MPs and Ambassadors.

Now that the Flotilla is on the final leg of its journey, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition is asking supporters to amplify their message and help ensure a successful voyage. The Coalition Facebook page asks supporters to: 1) contact elected officials; 2) stay up to date on social media; 3) encourage others to spread the word; and 4) demand fair news coverage from local and national media.

You can read the Freedom Flotilla Coalition's Facebook post here:
[ https://www.facebook.com/freedomflotill ... 6235900371 ]

You can read Mike Treen's blog here:
[ https://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2018/0 ... ike-treen/ ]

See our previous blog on this year's Freedom Flotilla here:
[ https://canadians.org/blog/gaza-freedom ... rmo-sicily ]


The Council of Canadians has long called for an end to the blockade of Gaza, and highlighted the water crisis created by the ongoing conflict.


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[ https://canadians.org/blogs/council-canadians ]
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