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We are Unarmed and We Are Sailing: US Boat To Gaza
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We are Unarmed and We Are Sailing: US Boat To Gaza

Organizers of the U.S. Boat to Gaza announced that they expect some 50 people will be aboard The Audacity of Hope when it joins the second “freedom flotilla” in late June to break the siege of Gaza.

The announcement came on the year’s anniversary of the 2010 Israeli attack on unarmed passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara, killing nine, including an 18-year old U.S. citizen of Turkish descent.

Leslie Cagan, coordinator of the U.S. Boat to Gaza, said, “We are sailing-despite threats by the Israeli armed forces to use attack dogs and snipers against us-and despite frantic diplomatic pressure by the Israeli government to prevent other countries from allowing the flotilla to sail.” She commented that while Egypt has just opened the Rafah border to Gaza, the maritime blockade and the Israeli siege of Gaza still exist.

So far, 34 passengers and four crewmembers have confirmed that they will be sailing on The Audacity of Hope. They range in age from 22 to 87 years old and live in 14 states in every region of the U.S. All are committed to non-violence. Members of the press will also be on the boat.

Varied occupations are represented by the passengers, including retired film producer, construction worker, retired teacher and engineer, student, author, nurse, EMT, firefighter, activist, jazz musician, retired military personnel, professor social worker and lawyer. More than half the participants are women.

Passengers and crew will gather in Athens on June 21, 2011 in advance of the anticipated sailing date, which will depend on weather conditions and logistics.

The Audacity of Hope will carry as its cargo thousands of letters of friendship and solidarity with the people of Gaza from people throughout our country. Cagan said that inspections of the boat and its passengers prior to departure will prove the non-violent nature of the mission.

Richard Levy, attorney and passenger on The Audacity of Hope, explained that “Because Israel occupies Gaza, and accordingly has obligations under the Geneva Conventions, it cannot legally blockade Gaza.” Therefore, he continued, “attempts by the Israeli government to prevent ships from going to Gaza are equally illegal.”

A list of confirmed passengers with short biographical statements can be found here.

 

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A Newly Released Video TO GAZA WITH LOVE

 

Featuring: Ali Abunimah, Kathleen Chalfant, Kathy Kelly, and Alice Walker
for the U.S. BOAT TO GAZA

SENDING PERSONAL LETTERS TO THE PEOPLE OF GAZA

The U.S. Boat to Gaza Campaign is collecting thousands of personal letters to the people of Gaza from people like you in the U.S., in an act of friendship and solidarity. These letters will be carried as our cargo on the U.S. Boat to Gaza when it sets sail in June 2011 in the next International Freedom Flotilla Stay Human. The Audacity of Hope will sail as a human rights mission to help end the illegal Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.

The campaign To Gaza With Love allows you and thousands of other people to take part in this effort.

To include your voice please write a letter, card or postcard and send it to:

 

LETTERS TO GAZA
119 West 72nd St. #158
New York, NY 10023

or

Letterstogaza@gmail.com

 

http://ustogaza.org/

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