Press release

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition 
Condemns Israeli Attacks on Gaza, Ongoing Blockade, and International Complicity

The international Freedom Flotilla Coalition (with participation from England, France, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, USA, Canada and Australia) condemns the ongoing Israeli military assault on Palestinian civilians in Gaza, denounces the failure of the international community to stop the assault, and renews its opposition to the Israeli economic blockade on Palestinians in Gaza as well as the collaboration of other governments. 

We note that the demand to lift the blockade is a central feature of talks on ending the violence, and that governments who reject the blockade should use their influence now to ensure that an agreement that ends the violence, also ends the destructive blockade. 

We hereby announce that we are planning another flotilla in the near future, to challenge the blockade of Gaza , with participants from around the world. We announce our intention to sail back from Gaza carrying Palestinian exports, continuing the work of Gaza’s Ark. 

We are a peaceful civil society initiative, acting out of solidarity with the Palestinian people, independently from any government. Contrary to recent media reports, we have not asked for military escort, have no intention to, and will not sail with a military escort.

The Mavi Marmara – the lead ship in the 2010 Freedom Flotilla, which bore the brunt of the Israeli naval assault and on which nine Turkish citizens and a U.S. citizen were killed by Israel - will soon be ready to join the flotilla with hundreds of peace activists from all around the world on board. 

More news on our plans will be available in a few weeks. We urge our supporters around the world to stay alert for updates and to ready themselves to join and escalate our campaign to bring down the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Freedom Flotilla Coalition

  • :European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza
  • International Committee for Breaking the Siege on Gaza (ICBSG)
  • Freedom Flotilla Italia
  • Gaza's Ark
  • IHH
  • Rumbo a Gaza
  • Ship to Gaza Greece
  • Ship to Gaza Norway
  • Ship to Gaza Sweden

For more information:

News Israel har fired warning missiles at the El-Wafa hospital in Gaza,
News During an attack on the port of Gaza, the area came under fire from the Israeli Occupation forces. At about 2:00 am local time Gaza’s Ark caught fire.
Press release A Swedish prosecutor, Henrik Attorps, has announced that he will open an investigation concerning actions by the Israeli military towards Swedish citizens and activists, in international waters, during the Freedom Flotillas to Gaza in 2010 and 2012.
Gaza's Ark
Press release 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, he returned after 5 minutes. A few minutes later, a large explosion rocked the boat causing extensive damage. 
Press release  It has been a year since the hijacking of Ship to Gaza Sweden’s sailing ship S/V Estelle. The hijacking took place in international waters, 38 nautical miles off the coast of the Gaza strip.
Press release Rafah, the only available crossing for ordinary Palestinians who wants to travel to or from the Gaza strip, has been virtually closed since 3 of July. The closure has devastating consequences for the everyday life of the Palestinians. Ill people can’t travel for treatments, students can’t reach their universities, and families are separated.
Press release The Freedom Flotilla Coalition Condemns Israeli Attacks on Gaza, Ongoing Blockade, and International Complicity
News It is with sorrow and outrage that we announce that Gaza’s Ark was totally destroyed by a direct hit from the Israeli Occupation Forces at 2:00 AM local time on Friday, July 11th.  It caught fire as result of the hit and was damaged beyond repair. In the context of all the death and destruction caused by Israel, the material damage to our project pales in significance.

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