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Thursday, December 4, 2008

FreeGaza with Qatar Charity Sails December 6th

Since August of this year, three successful sailings to Gaza by the Free Gaza movement have been "allowed" into Gaza by Israel.

Israel's own statements given for "allowing" Free Gaza to sail successfully are that 1) They knew who were on board 2) the ships had been inspected.

As a Libyan ship was refused the same "privaledge" by Israel and is currently docked in Egypt, Libya calling on the UN Security Council to intervene, offering to have the ship inspected by the Red Cross............

Free Gaza is sailing AGAIN! This time with two million dollars worth of much needed cancer drugs on board donated by Qatar Charity.

Israel has claimed Libya is an "enemy state". Is their humanitarian cargo meant for Gaza "enemy cargo"?

Now things are getting quite interesting. Qatar has hosted Israelis in their country, Livni herself was in Doha herself in April.


First Arab charity to break Gaza siege with $2m shipment of cancer medicine

(LARNACA, 4 December 2008) - The Free Gaza Movement announced a joint
mission with Qatar Charity, a Qatar based relief organisation, to sail to
Gaza with $2 million dollars worth of cancer medicine this Saturday,
December 6th.

Through this precedent setting voyage, Qatar Charity will become the first
Arab organization to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The Free Gaza
Movement has successfully challenged the siege on three previous occasions
this year, landing missions in Gaza in August, October, and November. The
Free Gaza ships are the first to dock in Gaza Port in over 41 years.

Lubna Masarwa, one of the movement organizers, stated that, "I'm confident
that we will reach Gaza. We are unarmed civilians carrying desperately
needed medical supplies to other unarmed civilians. It would be obscene
for Israel to use violence against us in order to prevent the delivery of
these medicines."

Israel maintains absolute control over Gaza's borders and airspace, and
has imposed an increasingly brutal blockade on its 1.5 million civilians
for over two years, drastically increasing poverty and malnutrition rates.

According to Masarwa, "What Israel is doing to the people of Gaza should
be considered a crime. Food and medicine are not weapons, the world must
not allow them to be used as weapons."

Israel temporarily lifted some restrictions on aid workers and journalists
today for the first time in a month. However Caoimhe Butterly, Gaza
Project Coordinator for the boat missions, labeled the move "a fig leaf
for an ongoing, all-encompassing policy of collective punishment,
starvation and humiliation. The solution to this catastrophe isn't
temporarily opening Erez, but ending the Occupation once and for all. We
hope the Qatari mission will inspire Palestine's neighbors to mount
similar missions and form the basis for direct and continuing political
action in the Arab world."

The passengers on board the Dignity this Saturday will include:

. 5 Qatar Charity officials, including one Moroccan National
. 2 Qatari local governmental representatives
. Australian, American, British, and Italian human rights workers
. A British surgeon traveling to Gaza to volunteer in local hospitals for
the next several weeks
. International journalists from Al-Jazeera TV and McClatchy Newspapers

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