South African activist for Palestine Ismail Moola spoke to Radio Islam LIVE from Greece this morning about the Freedom Flotilla as all ports lead to Gaza, In-Shaa Allah.
Speaking to Mufti Yusuf Moosagie, he was cautiously optimistic.
“Momentum is at its peak as all the activist are streaming in from all over.”
Efforts to sail into Gaza have always been scuppered by the Israeli forces.
“Maybe on this our third attempt we will be successful to break the siege of Gaza by Sea.”
Moola added that due to past difficulties , the planning this time around has been extra meticulous.
“Boats are in different locations, we won’t be divulging all locations, Marianne is already making its way towards Gaza, The other 4 boats will meet up in 48 Hours.”
Activist Clint De Bruyns is South Africa’s representative on the Freedom Flotilla.
The Freedom Flotilla has members from 25 countries, most of whom arrived in the last 24 hours and Ismail Moola and others are providing Logistical support for all activists.
“Response we are getting globally is overwhelming.”
Israeli Arab Knesset Member, MK Basel Ghattas has asked Netanyahu to allow the Flotilla safe passage.
“Basel Ghattas is set to to join the Gaza-bound flotilla, and has written to Netanyahu not to activate the IDF, as it is a peaceful action.”
Moola said that the activists were fully aware of the dangers they could face in the coming days.
“We are aware of the risk, Israel has said it will not allow the boats in.
1.8 Million people in an open air prison, people tend to forget that the occupation is on going. People also think that because it is not on the CNN’s and BBC’s that things are all Rosy again, nothing has changed. With the Mavi Marmara 10 members lost their lives, we know the risks but something has to be done for the People of Gaza.”
Radio Islam has spoken to Dror Feiler of Ship to Gaza on numerous occasions as he provided updates on the Marianne of Gothenburg’s journey to Gaza. We pray that everyone is safe and that their mission is successful, Ameen.
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Third time’s the charm? Israel’s Gaza blockade to be tested by new Freedom Flotilla
Published time: June 19, 2015 21:57
A group of pro-Palestinian activists has organized a new flotilla to make another attempt at breaking Israel’s Gaza Strip blockade, initiated in 2007. The flotilla, which consists of at least three ships, has sailed out from three Mediterranean Sea ports.
The launch date and list of participants had been kept secret, although it was known that among the activists are a former Tunisian president, as well as athletes, academicians, parliamentarians of different levels, diplomats and journalists, and a Catholic nun.
Dror Feiler, 63, is a well-known musician and installation artist from Sweden. He has participated in all of the attempts to break through the Gaza blockade. He was born in Israel, served in the Israeli army’s support force, and immigrated to Sweden 40 years ago. His parents are well-known anti-occupation activists in Israel. His mother still lives in Israel, but he has been denied entrance to the country. He can’t enter Israel for any reason, not as part of the flotilla nor to see his mother. He can’t even get to the court to pick up the verdict explaining why he has been banned from the country.
“They’ve kept my saxophone for five years now – it was confiscated during the arrests of the First Flotilla, and they aren’t giving it back,” says the musician.
“It is possible we won’t reach Gaza, but we will reach many hearts that will beat together with Gaza,” says Dror.
“We must go because our politicians fail to do their job – they fail to put enough pressure on Israel to lift off the blockade on land and sea,” he says.
In 2004, Feiler created an art installation in support of the Palestinians: he sailed a little white ship in a tank of water tinted with red paint, with a portrait of a Palestinian woman who blew herself up in an attack on a checkpoint. The Israeli Ambassador to Sweden, who visited the exhibition, reacted by drowning the lights of the piece in the tank.
In a 2011 effort to reach Gaza, Dror was on the only boat of the flotilla’s 11 that actually attempted to break the blockade, as unknown persons had succeeded in sabotaging the other 10 boats right before launch.
Ana Miranda, 44, is a Galician politician and Vice President of the European Free Alliance (EFA) European political party in the European Parliament that champions self-determination for repressed peoples. She was a MEP from 2012 to 2013. Now, she is participating in the flotilla and has brought a group of journalists with her.
“Galicians have the fight for freedom in their blood. I am a deputy, but we live like ordinary people – we ride on a bus, go about daily chores like all people and know all the hardships of the common people’s life. This Flotilla is the symbol of resistance for the entire world. The Flotilla for the freedom of Gaza is the banner of all who resist,” she said.
Norwegian Professor of Sociology Gerd von Der Lipper has long been studying the problem of sports in Gaza or, to be more precise, the problem of the absence of sports infrastructure or the ability to participate in sports in Gaza.
“Forward, people of the entire world – that’s the message of the Flotilla of Freedom,” she said.
One of the Flotilla’s crews held a meeting right under a huge Last Supper painting in the mayor’s office in the city of Messina, Sicily. Despite their different religious beliefs, all the participants kept looking up at it, as the implication of this painting for them was all too clear: Israel is doing all it can to stop the flotilla before it even sails out.
“We must be ready that there might be a Judas among us,” said one of the crew. All the participants in the flotilla have been warned against reacting to any provocations, because if they are captured by Israeli soldiers, any aggression could lead to them being severely beaten. “Jesus knew that Judas was close, but it didn’t stop him. We will also pursue our peaceful resistance.”
Before the flotilla sets off, all crews are trained on how to properly resist violence in a peaceful way. Everyone, including the journalists, is taught how to behave if Israeli soldiers take over their boat. In this event, it is possible that they will be held without food or water in the sun for many hours, and have their phones, money, bank cards and personal belongings confiscated, including recording equipment and cameras.
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