Photo Credit: Freedom Flotilla Coalition
Freedom Flotilla Coalition members who met in Barcelona, Nov. 1, 2015

(JNi.media) The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) met in Barcelona on Sunday to evaluate past actions and to plan for future work, “in light of the extremely deteriorated situation in Palestine, the Israeli oppression and the continued blockade of Gaza.”

The following strategic plan was adopted: in 2016 a Women’s Boat to Gaza will sail to challenge the Israeli blockade; then, in 2017, the focus will shift to solidarity with the fishermen of Gaza; and in 2018 the coalition plans to send in a large vessel carrying hundreds of supporters from around the world to “challenge the blockade.”

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The land, air, and sea blockades of the Gaza Strip have been enforced by Israel since 2007, and by Egypt when it has not been ruled by the Muslim Brothers. After Hamas had won the Palestinian elections in the strip in 2006, and eventually seized control of the Gaza Strip from the PLO, it declared war on the Jewish State, vowing to destroy it, and refusing to honor the peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians. There was also the June, 2006 kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, which was followed by Operation Summer Rains—open warfare between Hamas and the IDF. Since then, Egypt and Israel have sealed their border crossings with Gaza, opening them infrequently only to close them in a hurry when some residents of Gaza inevitably shoot rockets at the other side.

Israel insists that, in this perpetual state of war with Hamas, the blockade is necessary to limit rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip on its civilians and to prevent Hamas from obtaining other weapons by sea. Egypt, for its part, razed an entire Gazan neighborhood last year, to create a wide and easily governable no man’s land between Egypt and the Gaza strip. Egypt has also been systematically flooding the Hamas smuggling tunnels connecting its territory with Gaza.

At this point, Hamas holds the key to removing the blockade: embrace the peace accords, disavow its plan to annihilate the Jews of Israel, and begin to care for its own, downtrodden population. But since that’s not in the cards, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition is there to lend its support.

In the Barcelona meeting, on Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1, the following campaigns were represented:

Canadian Boat to Gaza European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza Freedom Flotilla Italy Palestine Solidarity Alliance (South Africa) Rumbo a Gaza (Spain) Ship to Gaza – Norway Ship to Gaza – Sweden It was the first FFC face to face meeting after its Freedom Flotilla III, in which most of the boats turned back to Greece harbor midway, and the flagship Marianne was boarded peaceably by the Israeli Navy, and all the delegates on board were detained and sent home.

The Barcelona meeting ended with an ambitious resolution, to “continue our work until the blockade of Gaza is lifted, occupation comes to an end and all just rights of the Palestinian people are restored.”

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36 COMMENTS

  1. People with too much time, money and ideology on their hands. They are all over the Western World like maggots. Cannot objectively discuss with such, and the Jew Hate they subscribe to? Ridiculous. If they were truly interested in Humanitarian Action, you would see them working to stop the genocide going on in Indonesia and Brazil. But you don't. Enough said.

  2. I don't think the west understands how the embargo saves lives of both Israelis and Gazans. If arms shipments could freely flow into Gaza, the periodic all out wars would be on a much larger scale with the Hazans ultimately taking the far greater punishment. Lifting the embargo could in fact cause the Gazans to be virtually wiped out. The logic of the "boaters" is upside down.

  3. You all have it wrong.
    Dror is a sex maniac and thinks that being on a ship with hundreds of women, he will have sex many times a day.
    Best to castrate Dror, together with all the stry cats
    What an idea. When that ship load of women returns to "wherever they came from, fill the ship with cats>
    Problrm solved.

  4. How interesting – the liberal left must think that by using women – a strategy they know all too well – they can impact the course of Middle East politics. If I were making decisions for Israel, I would intercept this boat of 'useful idiots' using only female IDF soldiers. Gee, I wonder who would win that confrontation?

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