Wednesday, October 29, 2008

#4 from Leila, SS Dignity arrived at Gaza 10 minutes ago!

ALHUMDULALLAH!

This is almost more amazing than the first time round. Does this mean we've
really established what can become a regular way in and out of the outside
world for Gaza?

I am SO proud of Greta and Paul and Osama and Huwaida and everyone who kept
working to make this happen after I retired. And David and Derek who captained
again...

Am hopeful now I can get back to Gaza soon!

Oh, this is AWESOME...

For Immediate Release Date : 10-29-2008

LARNACA - The Free Gaza Movement is delighted to announce that their third
boat, the SS Dignity carrying 27 crew and passengers arrived in Gaza at 8:10
Gaza time, in spite of Israeli threats to stop them. In the pouring rain, the
boat pulled into port amid cheers from the people of Gaza and tears from the
passengers.

David Schermerhorn, one of the crew members called an hour before the boat
entered the waters of Gaza and said, "There is a rainbow stretching across the
Mediterranean from where we are right now."

Yesterday, The Israel Navy said they would stop the stop our vessel once it
reached Israel's territorial waters. Apparently to save face, they said they
would harm our boat, arrest us and tow us IF we entered Israeli waters. The
problem for Israel is that the SS Dignity had no intention of getting anywhere
near those waters.

One of the organizers, Huwaida Arraf cheered, "Once again we've been able to
defy an unjust and illegal policy while the rest of the world is too
intimidated to do anything. Our small boat is a huge cry to the international
community to follow in our footsteps and open a lifeline to the people of
Gaza."

For the second time, the Free Gaza Movement has demonstrated that the might of
the Israeli navy is no match for a small boat of human rights activists
determined to call to the attention of the world the occupation of the people
of Gaza.

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council added,
"Despite the injustice against the Palestinian people, we believe in justice
and will keep on trying to break Israel's siege. The occupation has divided the
Palestinians, but our nonviolent resistance has united us."

Osama Qashoo, one of the organizers of the Free Gaza Movement, overjoyed for
the second time in three months, "We are all capable of leading a nonviolent
and effective movement to end the Israeli Apartheid and expose the injustice
that has been meted out to the Palestinians. We in the FG movement have
provided the new dictionary, it's up to the Palestinians and the Israelis and
the Internationals to add the words."

For More Information, Please Contact:
Greta Berlin (Cyprus) +357 99 081 767 / iristulip@gmail.com
Osama Qashoo (Cyprus) +44 (0)78 3338 1660 / osamaqashoo@gmail.com
Angela Godfrey Goldstein (Jerusalem) +972 (0)54 736 6393 / angela@icahd.org

Leila

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