Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Freedom Flotilla Sets Sail

The Free Gaza Movement is on the open water again.  The Free Gaza Movement is a:
human rights group that in August 2008 sent the first international boats to land in the port of Gaza in 41 years. We want to break the siege of Gaza. We want to raise international awareness about the prison-like closure of the Gaza Strip and pressure the international community to review its sanctions policy and end its support for continued Israeli occupation.
The most recent boats were violently rammed and stopped by the Israeli Navy for attempting to bring humanitarian supplies to Gaza.  The Dignity was rammed three times by an Israeli Navy boat and the Spirit of Humanity was stopped and all aboard were arrested.  

The recent Freedom Flotilla expedition has upped the ante with four boats sailing together.  The boats will not enter Israeli waters, but will sail through European and International waters before entering Gazan waters. 

Ewa Jasiewicz, a coordinator with the Free Gaza Movement, writes eloquently calling for radical stance of solidarity with the people of Gaza and with those who have lost their lives at the hands of the oppressors.  
When Rachel Corrie stood in front of the bulldozer driver that killed her, she acted on radical trust -- that the soldier would see her humanity. She lost, because the soldier had lost his humanity. Yet Rachel's faith abides in each of us. Because if our oppressors are losing their humanity then we must never stop showing them that we have it. We are undertaking this mission in the spirit of those who have fought and sacrificed their lives for our collective humanity, and to remind everyone who can see of the need to act on it.

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