Month: May 2020

10 Year Anniversary of the Mavi Marmara Attack

May 23: Award-winning film The Truth: Lost at Sea, followed by a discussion with film-maker and Mavi Marmara survivor Rifat Audeh and other Freedom Flotilla participants. Hosted by Canadian Boat to Gaza. In 2010, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, a convoy of six boats carrying humanitarian aid, attempted to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. After refusing Israel’s demand to turn away, the flotilla continued on course through international waters, and the Israeli Occupation Forces launched a night-raid attacking the boats. On one of the boats, the Mavi Marmara, the Israeli ‘soldiers’ shot and killed nine human rights activists and a tenth later died of his injuries. The film details what happened that night, unravelling how the story was spun by the media.  (10h00 Pacific North America, 12h00 Central, 13h00 EDT, 18h00 British Summer Time, 19h00 CEST, 20h00 Palestine). Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I6isloJTQkiZWNDPkdpCGQ

May 28: Legal actions against Israel originating from the Gaza Freedom Flotillas, hosted by South Africa’s Palestine Solidarity Alliance.

May 30: 10 year anniversary of the documentary film: Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara.  Discussion with filmmaker Iara Lee, shipmates and author Dr. Norman Finkelstein. (10h00 PDT in west coast North America, 12h00 Central, 13h00 EDT, 18h00 British Summer Time, 19h00 CEST, 20h00 Palestine). Please register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pa1a2KfLTlSZDz0w0peqWQ See also: https://culturesofresistancefilms.com/10th-anniversary-of-the-israeli-attack-on-the-mavi-marmara-gaza-freedom-flotilla-newsletter-invite

May 30: Event hosted by 48 Palestine, from two locations. 16h-18h, Palestine Time. Details to follow.

May 31: Events in Istanbul, Turkey to commemorate the 10 deaths by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara ship hosted by Humanitarian Relief Foundation IHH. Read and share more background information on the Mavi Marmara from IHH.

May 31: Award-winning film The Truth: Lost at Sea, followed by a discussion with film-maker and Mavi Marmara survivor Rifat Audeh and other Freedom Flotilla participants (see description above).
Screening with discussion for Pacific partners and allies 16h AEST (NSW/Vic); 18h NZST (Aotearoa) ; 9h00 Palestine; May 30 at 23h PDT (west coast of North America). Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J8gNesjRSV2GDwElBgm3XA

May 31: Evening Concert in Norway hosted by Ship to Gaza Norway.

May 31: Event in Sweden hosted by Ship to Gaza Sweden.

In May 2020, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition is sponsoring a series of webinars to commemorate those killed on the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla and the thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel that have been killed by the Israeli military and the inhumane policies of the Israeli government. May 31, 2020 is the 10th anniversary of the deadly Israel military attack on six civilian boats that were sailing to bring international attention to the plight of the 2 million Palestinians living under a brutal and illegal Israeli land, sea and air blockade of Gaza. Israeli commandos murdered ten and wounded fifty unarmed civilians on the Mavi Marmara ship and beat up passengers on the other five boats.

“For The Children Of Gaza” Campaign 2020

International solidarity activists have sailed 18 voyages with over 30 boats to break the illegal Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. The next flotilla, coordinated by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 health pandemic.

For previous Freedom Flotilla information webinars this year, see here.

COVID-19 IN PALESTINE: Please consider donating to one of the urgent response appeals for healthcare in Palestine, either through UNRWA: https://donate.unrwa.org/covid-19/~my-donation, or through Medical Aid to Palestinians https://www.map.org.uk/donate/donation-details/224, or the Middle East Children’s Alliance: https://www.mecaforpeace.org/

Part 1 of Boats To Gaza Webinar Series: The 2008 Free Gaza Movement

Join us on Saturday, May 9, (10 am North American West Coast, 12h00pm Central, 13h00 Eastern, 18h00 England, 19h00 France and 20h00 Greece/Gaza).  The idea of sailing to break the Israeli naval blockade began in 2008 with a group called Free Gaza Movement. Their story of the challenges of actually getting boats into Gaza, the first boats in 41 years to arrive in the Gaza City port, the only port Palestine has, is remarkable.

We will hear from the founding members of the Free Gaza Movement, Greta Berlin, Paul Larudee, Mary Hughes-Thompson, Vangelis Pissias, and Musheir El Farra about the challenges of fundraising and organizing the first two boats to reach the shores of Gaza and see photos of the outpouring of goodwill from Gazans as the boats arrived in Gaza in 2008. We will show the trailer of a new movie “Rock the Boat” of the 2008 flotilla by directed by Kathy Sheetz.

Please register to receive the link for the seminar and read more about the webinar panelists.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1-qpTaVwQSO4K6EBbfjJfw?fbclid=IwAR3zwkT6zuLR3ZT_BFd0hfAcfQ4knq0MROHjump8LU1m0bXrWcfyOZ_VTEk

This is a part of a webinar series that the Gaza freedom Flotilla coalition is sponsoring to bring International attention to the plight of Palestinians from the brutality of the Israeli government and military with the land sea and air blockade of Gaza and the theft of Palestinian lands.