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The blog was originally set up for Canadian Boat to Gaza, with the aim of keeping readers informed of fundraising and organizing efforts in support of the 'Tahrir', a Canadian boat that was part of the 'Freedom Waves to Gaza'. Check out the Boat to Gaza's website at http://tahrir.ca. This blog is now following the latest international sea-based mission to free Gaza: Gaza's Ark. Gaza's Ark is trying to break the blockade of Gaza from the inside: by sailing a boat out of Gaza, to international waters. Read about the Ark and how you can help here: http://gazaark.org/

Introducing the Canadian delegates to Freedom Flotilla 2

| June 16, 2011

Before the end of June, the Canadian ship Tahrir will join the Freedom Flotilla 2 – Stay Human, carrying civil society delegates from coast to coast, international partners and journalists from a range of media organizations.

The delegates on board the Tahrir include politicians; Jewish, Muslim and Christian Canadians; artists, peace and human rights activists; small business owners; some of whom have taken part in previous flotillas.

Dylan Penner, steering committee member of Independent Jewish Voices Canada (and also an organizer with the Canadian Boat to Gaza) and Vivienne Porzsolt from Jews Against Occupation in Australia, will be joined by Harmeet Singh Sooden, who was kidnapped in Iraq in 2005 and held for 4 months (along with Canadian James Loney while participating in an international Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation), as well as Muhammed Hamou from the London Muslim Mosque.

Also on board the Tahrir will be Former Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and professor of Indigenous Studies at Queen's University Robert Lovelace; Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Co-Chair Lyn Adamson; Quebec Solidaire representative Manon Massé; small business owner Sue Breeze from B.C.; Toronto book publisher and children's mental health activist Kate Wilson; Toronto filmmaker John Greyson; and Mary Hughes-Thompson, co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement who was on board the Free Gaza that broke the siege of Gaza in August 2008, and was part of the support team for the first Freedom Flotilla in May 2010.

The Tahrir is honoured to be joined by four delegates from Australia, four from Belgium, five from Denmark, and one from Germany.

Meet the delegates as they leave:

Toronto:  11 a.m., Sunday June 19 at Pearson Airport, Terminal 3, Air Transat departure area.

Montreal: 3:30 p.m., Sunday June 19 at Trudeau Airport Departures Hall.

The full list of delegates can be found at  www.tahrir.ca.

Women Nobel laureates support the flotilla in an open letter to Ban Ki-moon:
http://www.nobelwomensinitiative.org/home/article/laureates-support-freedom-flotilla

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