Search Results for : Freedom Flotilla Coalition

09 Mar

Freedom Flotilla Coalition: Women’s Boat to Gaza to Sail in September

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) has chosen March 8th, which marks International Women’s Day (IWD), to announce the launch of their Women’s Boat to Gaza (WBG) project.The Women’s Boat to Gaza will set sail mid-September of this year, and plans to dock at a number of Mediterranean ports along its […]

16 Jul

Freedom Flotilla to Break Israeli Siege Again Next Year

Chairman of the International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza, and a founding member of Freedom Flotilla Coalition, Zaher Birawi, has unveiled a new attempt, by the Freedom Flotilla, to break Gaza’s naval blockade. Birawi indicated, in press statements, that the new Freedom Flotilla might be carrying nominal relief […]

30 Jul

Navy Intercepts Norwegian-flagged Flotilla Ship

The Israeli navy has intercepted a Norwegian-flagged ship, with activists on board, as it was approaching the shores of the besieged Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian relief to the inhabitants of the impoverished enclave. “The activity ended without exceptional events. At this time, the ship is being transferred to the […]

24 Jul

Freedom Flotilla Heading Towards Gaza On Final Mission

Freedom Flotilla ships are now at their last leg of the journey, heading toward the Gaza Strip, after they set off from multiple Italian ports, most prominent of which is the ship of Al-Awda, Arabic for “The Return”, which was launched from Palermo port.   The flotilla, which has been […]

30 Jun

‘Freedom Flotilla’ Boats En Route to Gaza Depart Spain

June 30, 2018 12:29 PM IMEMC News News Report 0

Two of the boats participating in the 2018 ‘Freedom Flotilla’ to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza left Spain Friday on their way to Italy, then onward to the Gaza Strip. The two vessels are called Freedom and Al-Awda (Arabic for ‘The Return’, in reference to the Palestinian refugees’ internationally-recognized […]

03 Jun

Swedish Freedom Flotilla: ‘The people of Gaza need us to act.’

On Tuesday, 15 May, three Swedish boats met in the Danish Straits near Copenhagen, to start a voyage that would take them across channels and seas all the way to the Mediterranean and the coast of Palestine. This was a flotilla with a mission to defy Israel’s illegal siege on the Gaza […]

28 May

Freedom Flotilla to Depart Gaza as Another Sets Sail from Copenhagen

The National Higher Committee for the Great Return March (NHCGRM) announced, yesterday, that a flotilla of ships is going to depart the Gaza Strip, in breaking the siege imposed by Israeli occupation forces for over eleven years, which led to a dire and unlivable situation in the coastal enclave. In a press conference […]

23 May

Gaza Freedom Flotilla Boat Boarded & Searched by German Coast Guard

from Freedom Flotilla Coalition: Just before noon local time (May 23,2018), the Freedom Flotilla vessel Al Awda (The Return) was boarded by the German Coast Guard, at the orders of the German Ministry of Interior. They collected all the passports on board, wrote down everyone’s personal data, searched the vessel thoroughly, asked […]

22 May

Freedom Flotilla Sets Sail for Gaza after The Great March of Return

Activists Yudit Ilany and Heather Milton-Lightening explain why Israel’s blockade of Gaza must end. TRNN video & transcript: DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News Network from Montreal, Canada. The Gaza Strip is home to approximately two million Palestinians, one half of whom are children. In 2007, […]

23 Jun

Flotilla Coalition: Women’s Boat to Gaza Presented at the European Parliament

The Women’s Boat to Gaza, a campaign of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition conducted its meetings, over the past weekend, to discuss and further plans to set sail towards Gaza in mid-September, with all women delegates and crew. In doing so, we raise the issue of the ongoing illegal blockade of […]

11 Jun

Freedom Flotilla: ‘This time we will reach Gaza’

This summer, Swedish seaman Joel Opperdoes, 32, is not piloting cargo ships in the Baltic Sea.This summer, Swedish seaman Joel Opperdoes, 32, is not piloting cargo ships in the Baltic Sea. Instead, he is the sailing across Europe with five permanent crew members on a fishing trawler named Marianne. Their […]

01 Jun

Activists Mark 5th Year since Israeli Flotilla Raid

Activists in Gaza City on Sunday marked five years since Israel’s deadly attack on the first Freedom Flotilla in 2010, a day after the ship leading Freedom Flotilla III arrived in the port of Bueu in Spain en route to Gaza.Israeli naval forces killed nine activists On May 31, 2010 […]

01 May

Freedom Flotilla to Regroup in 2015, Former Tunisian President Affirms Onboard Presence

Representatives of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) and partner organizations traveled to Tunis last week, where they participated in the World Social Forum. During the WSF they met with several Palestinian and Tunisian civil society organizations.FFC representatives were also received by Dr. Moncef Marzouki, former President of Tunisia and renowned […]

13 May

Freedom Flotilla Update: ‘We Will Sail in the Fall!’

Following is a statement by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition regarding the April 29th attack on Gaza’s Ark. Statement from the Freedom Flotilla Coalition regarding the attack on Gaza’s Ark, for immediate release. London, May 12, 2014 The Freedom Flotilla Coalition met in London over the last two days to discuss […]

07 Jul

Israeli Human Rights Org’s Express Support For Flotilla

A group of Israeli human rights organisations have signed a letter supporting the Freedom Flotilla 2 and calling on the Greek and Israeli governments to allow it safe passage to Gaza. The letter has been signed by prominent organisations such as Rabbis for Human Rights, Gush Shalom, the Israeli Committe […]

27 Jun

Israel: “Journalists Onboard Freedom Flotilla Will Not Be Allowed Into Israel”

In another escalation against the Freedom Flotilla, heading to deliver humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip, the Israeli government stated Sunday that journalists, who are onboard the Freedom Flotilla 2 will be denied entry into Israel up to ten years.Israeli paper, Maariv, reported Sunday that the Israeli Government Press Office […]

20 Jun

Israel Claims Freedom Flotilla Aims At Confrontation With the Army

Head of the Israeli Navy, Eliezer Marom, voiced on Sunday a strict warning targeting the organizers of the Freedom Flotilla, dubbed in his speech as the “Hate Flotilla” that will be heading to the besieged Gaza Strip later this month to deliver humanitarian supplies. Flotilla organizers affirmed the peaceful nature […]

22 Jun

U.N. Human Rights Council Approves International Committee To Probe Flotilla Attack

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted for forming an international committee to probe the deadly Israeli attack against the Freedom Flotilla on May 31, leading to dozens of casualties among human rights activists. Israel is demanding the shelving of the investigation.The Mavi Marmara was attacked by Israeli commandos along […]

17 Jun

Freedom Flotilla 2 To Sail In Mid-July

June 17, 2010 12:00 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

The Freedom Flotilla 2 carrying humanitarian supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip will be sailing to Gaza in mid-July 2010. All arrangements have been concluded and several ships are now ready to sail from Europe to the Gaza Strip. Mazin Kaheel, member of the European Campaign Against the Siege, stated […]

10 Jun

50 Ships To Join Second Freedom Flotilla

Yasser Qashlaq, the head of the Free Palestine Movement, announced Thursday that Freedom Flotilla 2 could include up to 50 ships.Qashlaq said that a ship organized by Journalists Without Borders will depart from Lebanon to Gaza within a week. There will be journalists, members of the Free Palestine Movement, and […]

06 Jun

Israel Agrees to Form an Investigation Committee into Flotilla Attack, Lebanese Ship to Sail Soon

June 6, 2010 3:59 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

Israeli Army Radio reported that Israel agreed to form an investigation committee for its violent attack against the Turkish ship heading to Gaza with the solidarity flotilla carrying humanitarian supplies and hundreds of peace activists. In Lebanon, a solidarity ship with filled aid, activists and journalists is getting ready to […]

29 May

Lieberman: “Freedom Flotilla, Violent”

Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, stated Friday afternoon that the solidarity ships, filled with medical and humanitarian supplies, and heading to Gaza, is a “violent propaganda against Israel”, and vowed not to allow the ship to reach Gaza. He said that Israel will stop all attempts to break the siege, […]

21 May

Fundamentalists In Israel To Counter Freedom Flotilla

Israeli sources reported that two Israeli boats will be sailing Saturday from northern Israel in order to counter the Freedom Flotilla bringing 600 peace activists and humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip. Israeli Yedioth Aharonoth reported that the two Israeli vessels will sail waving banner labeling Hamas as a […]

23 May

Israeli Air Force Fires Missiles Targeting Boats In Gaza Port

The Israeli Air Force fired, on Tuesday at dawn, several missiles at the Gaza Sea Port, west of Gaza City, targeting at least two boats prepared for welcoming the Freedom Flotilla boat that is currently sailing to the besieged and impoverished coastal region. Media sources in Gaza said the Israeli […]

18 Nov

Adalah Represents Four Women Detained In Gaza Boat Raid, Slated For Deportation From Israel

Adalah – The Legal Center for Minority Rights in Israel provided legal representation for four of the 13 women detained by the Israeli military when it commandeered their Gaza-bound boat, dubbed “The Women’s Boat to Gaza”, who were slated for deportation from the country.  07/10/2016 Adalah: Detention of women was […]

20 Oct

A Change of Course: Women’s Boat to Gaza Activists Speak Out, Following their Release from Israeli Custody

After sailing for several days, the adventure of 13 pro-Palestinian women ended abruptly, when Israeli commandos illegally boarded the Zaytouna-Oliva in international waters, on 5 October, 2016. The Zaytouna set sail from Barcelona in mid-September, under the banner ‘Women’s Boat to Gaza’ (WBG). The yacht stopped in Sicily before proceeding […]

22 Sep

Zaytouna-Oliva Leaves Corsica for Italy before Sailing to Gaza

The Women’s Boat to Gaza (Zaytouna-Oliva) left the port of Ajaccio at 09:30, this morning. It is due to arrive later this week in Messina, Sicily, Italy, where it will dock for the last time, prior to sailing to challenge the illegal blockade of Gaza. One of the participants aboard, […]

07 Aug

Solidarity Ships to Sail for Besieged Gaza in September

Two “solidarity ships” are set to sail towards the besieged Gaza Strip from Barcelona, Spain, in mid-September. Named ‘Amal’ and ‘Zaytouna’ — meaning ‘Hope’ and ‘Olives’ in Arabic, respectively — the ships will be led by an all-female crew of 24, including Nobel Prize winner Mairead Maguire. According to Issam […]

28 Jun

‘Juliano’ Attacked On Its Way To Break The Siege On Gaza

Passengers of the Freedom Flotilla III bound for Gaza have announced that one of the boats, named Juliano after the co-founder and director of The Freedom Theatre, Juliano Mer Khamis who was assassinated in 2011, has been sabotaged.Divers damaged the boat’s propellers, causing it to take in water and the […]

06 Jun

Hamas Organizes Protest against Unity Government, UNRWA

Hamas, on Friday, organized a march in Jabaliya refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, to protest the national unity government‘s alleged neglect of the coastal enclave, as well as policies of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.According to Ma’an News Agency, the march set off from mosques across […]

29 Apr

‘Gaza’s Ark’ Boat, About to Leave Gaza, Attacked

At 3:45 AM Gaza time, on April 29th, the night guard on board Gaza’s Ark received a call to leave the boat because it was going to be attacked.The guard left but, when nothing happened after 5 minutes, he returned. A few minutes later, a large explosion rocked the boat, […]

06 May

Palestinians to German Newspaper NWZ: Don’t Give Platform to Israeli Official Justifying War Crimes

Photo: Mohammed Asad May 3, 2019/Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Germany Dear Nordwest Zeitung, The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society, […]

22 Jul

JVP: 40 Jewish Groups Worldwide Oppose Equating Anti-Semitism with Criticism of Israel

From South Africa to Sweden, New Zealand to Germany to Brazil, for the first time ever, over thirty Jewish organizations across the globe came together in a statement condemning attempts to stifle criticism of Israel. The statement warns of a growing trend of legislative campaigns to target organizations that support Palestinian rights, particularly the […]

19 Jan

I am American, Jewish and Banned from Israel for my Activism

Medea Benjamin is an author and cofounder of Codepink: Women for Peace. Her latest book is Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connections. This month, Israel announced that activists affiliated with 20 organisations, including mine Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel and occupied Palestinian territories because of our support for […]

05 Sep

Palestinians Urge Turkish People to Reject Israel Ties

via the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), courtesy of The Electronic Intifada  Photo: A Palestinian woman holds a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a protest against the July military coup attempt against his government, in the West Bank city of Hebron, 20 July. Wisam HashlamounAPA images While […]

27 Jun

Turkey and Israel to Normalize Ties After 6-year Hiatus

Turkish Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on Monday announced the signing of a Turkish Israeli deal to normalize relations between the two, after six years of ‘strained ties.’ Turkish and Israeli delegations, on Sunday, have met in Rome to finalize details of the deal. The Turkish-Israeli affairs were suspended in 2010, after the Israeli […]

12 Jan

Hundreds Protest Barak’s Visit To Greece

Hundreds of Greeks, Palestinian and Arabs held a protest in front of the Greek Parliament to protest the visiting Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, and demanding his arrest for war crimes against the Palestinian people.Several leftist political groups and coalitions also participated in the protest that was held in front […]

27 Dec

MK Demands Firing Of Colleagues Who Refuse To Recognize Israel As Jewish State

December 27, 2011 8:52 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Likud Party Member of Knesset, Danny Danon, presented a draft of a new legislation that calls for the firing of any member of Knesset who refuses to recognize Israel as a “Democratic Jewish State”, or supports organizations that are considered “hostile and terrorist”.The Likud party is headed by the current […]

22 Dec

New Date For Local Elections About To Be Set

December 22, 2010 10:00 PM IMEMC News News Report, Palestinian Politics, West Bank 0

After the Supreme Court ruled that the P.A.’s decision to postpone local elections in the West Bank as illegal, the cabinet announced on Tuesday that a new date will be set immediately, ‘In accordance with the law.’Following the Tuesday regular cabinet meeting, the Palestinian Authority issued a statement explaining that […]

04 Jun

Israeli Interior Minister Recommends MK Zo’by Be Stripped Of Citizenship

June 4, 2010 6:36 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli Interior Minister, Elie Yishai, sent a letter to the Legal Councelor of the Israeli government, Yehuda Feinstein, recommending that he revokes citizenship rights of Arab MK, Hanin Zo’by, for participating in the Freedom Flotilla. Fundamentalists have called for her killing.He said that her participation is a “betrayal to the […]

19 May

A force more powerful

Later this month, ships from all over the world will converge in the Mediterranean and set sail for the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip. This international coalition is called the Freedom Flotilla. The Free Gaza Movement has sailed eight missions to Gaza in the past three years, five of them […]

18 May

Israeli Official: “Solidarity Ships Will Not Be Allowed To Reach Gaza”

The head of the European Division at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Noar Gilon, stated Monday, that Israel will prevent solidarity ships, planned to reach the Gaza Strip this month, from reaching the coast of Gaza.Gilon claimed that those who want to send aid to Gaza must coordinate the issue with […]

15 May

Rachel Corrie Ship Sails After 48-Hour Delay

The Rachel Corrie solidarity ship sailed from Ireland heading towards the Gaza Strip after 48-hour delay due to logistic issues. Palestinian Legislator, Jamal El-Khodary, head of the Popular Committee Against the Siege, stated that the ship is part of the international solidarity against the illegal Israeli siege imposed on the […]