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FGM announces arrival of another breaking-siege boat in Gaza
Tuesday September 23, 2008 12:10 by Rami Almeghari - IMEMC
The Free Gaza Movement announced today that an international delegation
of doctors, parliamentarians, and human rights workers will sail to Gaza
aboard the SS Hope on Wednesday, September 24th. A press conference will
be held on Wednesday at Larnaca Port prior to the ship's departure.
Among those on board are 5 physicians from 4 countries, human rights
lawyers and monitors, Jamal Zahalka, a member of the Israeli Knesset,
Dr. Mustafa Al-Barghouthi, General Secretary of the Palestinian National
Initiative, and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and
Mairead Maguire, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work in
Belfast, a press release, received by, IMEMC read.
According to Maguire, a world-renowned human rights campaigner, "This
mission carries with it the hopes and wishes of many people around the
On August 23, two of the Free Gaza Movement's boats, the SS Free Gaza
and the SS Liberty arrived in Gaza Port to the jubilation of tens of
thousands of Palestinians gathered there. It was the first time in over
forty years that international ships had docked in Gaza Port.
Since Israel tightened its blockade two years ago, malnutrition and
unemployment rates in Gaza have soared. In May 2008, several
international aid organizations, including CARE International UK, CAFOD,
Christian Aid, Oxfam, and Medecins du Monde UK, stated that, "the
stranglehold on Gaza's borders has made ... the work of the UN and other
humanitarian agencies ... virtually impossible. Only a trickle of
medicine, food, fuel and other goods is being allowed inůmaking people
highly dependent on food aid, and brought the health system and basic
services, such as water and sanitation near to collapse."
Huwaida Arraf, the delegation spokesperson and a law lecturer at Al-Quds
University in Jerusalem, said, "The world cannot stay silent as the
Palestinian people are deliberately starved and humiliated; Palestinians
have a right to life with dignity. Last month, on August 23rd, our two,
small, wooden boats, the SS Free Gaza and SS Liberty, sailed to Gaza and
did what our governments would not do - we defied Israel's illegal
collective punishment of 1.5 million men, women and children living in
the Gaza Strip. On September 24th, we're sailing back to Gaza to
challenge it again. Our boats are very humble, but what they represent
is hope, and hope is what mobilizes change the world around."
The SS Hope was named in recognition of St. Augustine, who wrote that
"Hope is the greatest of all virtues, even greater than Love. For Love
only teaches us what should be, while Hope teaches us what will be."
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