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Free Gaza -  Ankunft des 5. Schiffes
Gazahafen, 20.Dezember 2008, 8 Uhr 

 

Die Dignitiy fährt in den Gazahafen ein, nachdem die israelische Flotte damit gedroht hatte, an Bord zu kommen, um die beiden Israelis von Bord zu holen. „Wir wissen, ihr habt Israelis an Bord. Entweder Ihr dreht ab oder wir kommen an Bord und nehmen sie von dort mit,“ sagt eine Stimme über Radio.

„Wir fahren nach Gaza,“ antwortete Hurreida Arraf, die Verantwortliche der Delegation.

Neta Golan, eine der Israelis an Bord und Mitbegründerin von ISM, sagt: „Länder, die Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit begehen, verbergen oft diese Verbrechen vor ihrem eigenen Volk. Genau dies tut Israel, indem es Israelis nicht erlaubt, Zeugen dessen zu sein, was es in unserem Namen tut.“

 

Die Dignity bringt auch 2 Botschafter der Eid-Charity aus Qatar mit, um dort die Tragödie zu beurteilen. Sie wird mit konkreten Vorschlägen zurückgehen, was man tun könne, um Israels Kollektivstrafe an 1,5 Millionen Palästinensern zu lindern.

Dies ist nur der Beginn. „Wir sind hocherfreut, dass wir in der Lage sind, nun die Küste Gazas zu sehen.

Wir sind die 1. arabischen Botschafter, die hier ankommen. Wir wollen sehen, wie wir zusammenarbeiten können, um diese schreckliche Situation im Gazastreifen zu verbessern“, sagte Alaze Al-Qattani.

Dies ist unsere 5. Reise der Free-Gaza-Movement. Jeder sagte, dies hätte keinen Erfolg; wir würden niemals den Gazastreifen erreichen. Doch wir sind jetzt zum 5. Mal da. Jetzt müssen andere Schiffe, Cargo-Schiffe, nach uns kommen,“ sagt Darlene Wallach, eine der Internationalen, die von einem palästinensischen Fischerboot von der israelischen Marine am 18.November gekidnappt wurde.

 

Greta Berlin

 

(dt. Ellen Rohlfs)

 

 

 

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Datum: Fri, 19 Dec 2008 15:09:51 +0200

Von: "Pal Reports" <palreports@gmail.com>

An: longtermers@lists.riseup.net

Betreff: [longtermers] Free Gaza Statement: We Do Not Ask Permission from Israel

 

FREE GAZA MOVEMENT

 

December 18, 2008

 

*We Do Not Ask Permission from Israel*

 

The Free Gaza Movement is sending the Dignity on its fifth mission to Gaza

with envoys on board from civil society organizations in Qatar. The boat

also carries journalists, human rights observers, and Palestinians who want

to return home and have been prevented from doing so by the Israeli

occupation.

 

On the eve of this voyage, the Free Gaza Movement would like to correct a

few the statements made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a December

11 interview with Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper. In that interview, Abbas

suggesting that our efforts are coordinated with the Israelis – that the

Israelis check the passports of the passengers aboard our ship and officials

from the Israeli Embassy in Larnaca, Cyprus, check our boat before we leave

the port.

 

And as a result of this interference, President Abbas stated that ours is a

"silly game" and that we are not really breaking the siege.

 

We do not coordinate any of our actions with the Israelis. Israel has

grossly abused its authority as an occupying power by collectively punishing

the people of Gaza and denying them basic human rights. As such, we neither

seek Israel's permission, nor submit to their searches, to assert the right

of the Palestinian people to have access to the outside world, which

includes the right to invite and welcome us to Gaza.

 

So, why do we get in, while other efforts are stopped by the Israeli

authorities? Because we remove the "security" pretext with which Israel

tries to justify its brutal actions and inhumane policies towards the

Palestinian people. Amongst other things, we publicize our passenger list;

we depart from Cyprus, a neutral European country; and we submit to a search

by the Cypriot Port Authorities to verify that we are not carrying anything

that can be considered a threat to Israel's security. We sail from Cyprus

waters, into international waters, directly into Gaza's territorial waters,

without entering Israeli waters. Israel realizes that it cannot stop us

without using force against us, because we will not be turned around easily.

 

 

President Abbas' statement that we coordinate with the Israelis was

misinformed. However, Abbas was correct when he said that we are not really

breaking the siege on Gaza. Our boats cannot break the siege alone. Our hope

is that we have started something that others can build on. We have shown

that the concerted efforts of ordinary civilians working together in the

name of justice can confront and successfully challenge Israel's brutal

policies and hope we have inspired other people to break their silence over

Israel's war crimes in the Gaza Strip and throughout the occupied

Palestinian territory. From the continued and accelerated Judaization of

Jerusalem and the rabid violence of the settler movement, to the vicious

racism of Israeli politicians, Israel is committing massive violations

against the people Gaza and Palestine as a whole. The world must stand up to

this.

 

The Free Gaza Movement will continue to send boats to Gaza to challenge

Israel's imprisonment of 1.5 million Palestinians, and we will continue to

work for freedom and justice for all of the Palestinian people. We do not

need Israel's permission and we will never ask for it. We do need President

Abbas, the Arab world, and the entire international community to join us.

 

 


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