PHOTO ESSAY ~~ GEARING UP FOR THE NEXT FLOTILLA

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Commentary by Chippy Dee, Photos © by Bud Korotzer

On August 2nd 100+ people gathered at All Souls Church in N.Y.C. to hear reports from 6 people who went to Greece to participate in Freedom Flotilla 2 – Stay Human to break the siege of Gaza.  It was exactly a year ago that people met at the same location to hear a report from Adam Shapiro and Ann Wright about last year’s flotilla when 9 people were murdered and 50 injured by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara.  That night the decision was made to have a U.S. boat in the next flotilla.  A year of very hard work by dedicated organizers and the contributions of thousands of people from all over the U.S. made our boat, the Audacity of Hope, a reality.

 

The 6 speakers all believe that their mission was successful despite the flotilla boats not leaving Greek waters (actually the small French yacht, the Dignite, with 10 non-violent peace activists on board  got very close to Gaza before it was stopped by 3 Israeli war ships).  It was a success because it brought the attention of the world to what the people of Gaza are forced to endure under Israeli occupation.  They spoke of the solidarity among flotilla participants and of the strong support they received from the Greek people.  All boats are still in Greek custody but legal action is underway to have them released.

 

Participants are going around the country on speaking tours to tell people about the flotilla, what happened in Greece, why the flotilla was so important to the people of Gaza and important to people everywhere who stand for justice.  They said their efforts to reach Gaza will continue, they are undaunted, and Gaza WILL be free.  The audience cheered in approval, many ready to join in the preparations for the next flotilla.

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4 Comments

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  3. howardtlewisiii said,

    August 5, 2011 at 07:21

    God bless you folks.

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