In May 2020 the Gaza 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 Israeli blockade of Gaza. Israeli commandos murdered 10 and wounded 50 unarmed civilians on the Mavi Marmara ship and beat up passengers on the other five boats.
The idea of sailing to break the Israeli naval
blockade began in 2008 with the Free Gaza Movement. Their story tells of the challenge and the success of getting boats into Gaza, the first in 41 years to arrive in the Gaza City port.
Over the past 12 years, international solidarity activists have made 18 voyages with over 30 boats sailing to break the illegal Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.
Join us for a series of webinars sponsored by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition to commemorate these efforts to support the people of Gaza.
The series begins on Saturday, May 9, at 10 am U.S. Pacific time, 12 pm U.S. Central, 1 pm U.S. Eastern, 6 pm England, 7 pm France, and 8 pm Greece/Gaza, with presentations 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 photos of the outpouring of goodwill as the boats arrived in Gaza in 2008. We will also show the trailer for Rock the Boat, a new movie by Kathy Sheetz about the 2008 flotilla.
The Free Gaza Movement organized five voyages to Gaza in 2008 and two voyages in 2009.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to view a film, interact with the filmmaker and more! Please register in advance by clicking here. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the screening and webinar.
We will alert you to other Gaza Freedom Flotilla webinars in May:
- May 28
Legal actions against Israel originating from the Gaza Flotillas hosted by South Africa’s Palestine Solidarity committee
- May 30
Filmmaker Iara Lee & her film “Attack on the Mavi Marmara” hosted by US Boats to Gaza
- May 30
Event hosted by 48 Palestine
- May 31
Events in Istanbul, Turkey to commemorate the 10 deaths by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara ship hosted by IHH.
The Gaza Freedom Flotilla raises awareness by sailing against the blockade of Gaza, with a focus on the children and youth of Gaza. The Freedom Flotilla’s next sailing, called For the Children of Gaza, will challenge the blockade, while focusing attention on young people in Gaza, who form more than half of the population in that tiny blockaded area. Originally scheduled for May 2020, the voyage has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Send a message of hope and solidarity to the people of Gaza
It is more important than ever to support efforts to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza. Please give generously to the 2020 Freedom Flotilla Coalition so that we can send a boat to Gaza and let the 2 million imprisoned Palestinians there know that the world has not forgotten them.
It is 5,900 miles between Washington, DC and Gaza. Every $5 brings us one mile closer to reaching the families in Gaza. Be a part of the journey. Contribute today!
Or mail checks to our fiscal sponsor,
with 2020 Boats to Gaza on the subject line
2020 Boats to Gaza
c/o Nonviolence International
4000 Albemarle Street, NW, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20016
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