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The Gaza solidarity blog

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/

Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog October 18
David Heap | like the Freedom Riders of the 1960s, our movement is not deterred by the violence of those who oppose us: we continue to return because our belief in civil rights demands no less.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog October 17
Former MP Jim Manly is second from the right here, on board the Estelle. (Photo:
Canadian Boat to Gaza | The Estelle carries a cargo of aid to the Israeli blockaded Palestinian population of Gaza, but above all it is carrying a cargo of solidarity.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog October 4
Jim Manly | Jim Manly made this statement at Vancouver International Airport yesterday. "It is time for Canadian politicians and the Canadian people to speak up against this illegal and inhuman blockade."
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog October 2
David Heap | Many supporters in northern Italy and around the world join him in filling Estelle's sails on her way to challenge the blockade of Gaza.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog September 28
Canadian Boat to Gaza | Former Canadian MP (Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1988) Jim Manly will join a group of internationals on the Freedom Flotilla's "Estelle" sailing from Naples to Gaza in early October.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog July 26
Greek authorities forcibly prevented the Tahrir from sailing to Gaza last July.
David Heap, Ehab Lotayef | One year after the Greek government bowed to pressure and enforced he outsourced Israeli blockade of Gaza, the international movement to challenge the blockade is still very much afloat.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog July 4
The Tahrir sailed from Turkey last November and was seized by Israel in international waters. (Photo: https://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/)
Canadian Boat to Gaza | While we continue to press for the return of the Tahrir, it is also important to press ahead in our continuing solidarity with the Palestinians of Gaza.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog May 17
Canadian Boat to Gaza | This new initiative: Gaza's Ark, will build a boat in Gaza, using existing resources. A crew of internationals and Palestinians will sail it out of Gaza carrying Palestinian products.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog May 15
Delegates on board the Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir, shortly before it was intercepted by the Israeli navy.
Canadian Boat to Gaza | London, Ontario activist David Heap, who was on board the Tahrir when it was boarded in international waters, will be speaking in Saskatoon on May 17 and Winnipeg on May 22.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog May 5
rabble staff | On May 3, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church decided to call for an explicit boycott of all Israeli companies "operating in the occupied Palestinian territories."
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog March 5
David Heap and Ehab Lotayef | Canadians have a right to expect more from their government: more respect for our election process at home and more respect for international law abroad.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog March 2
Canadian Boat to Gaza | During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Ottawa this weekend, Stephen Harper should take the opportunity and ask for the prompt return of the Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog February 19
Canadian Boat to Gaza | Despite multiple requests, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs under Minister John Baird is refusing to ask Israel to release the Tahrir and its cargo of desperately needed medical aid.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog February 15
Canadian Boat to Gaza | Palestine House has become the latest target of Jason Kenney's ongoing attacks on free speech rights and Palestine solidarity in Canada.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog February 14
Canadian Boat to Gaza | This Wednesday, the Canadian Boat to Gaza is kicking off a nine-city speaking tour to address Canada's role in the blockade of Gaza.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog February 9
Canadian Boat to Gaza | Three Canadians who were forcibly abducted from the Canadian ship Tahrir by Israel and detained without charge this past fall, are demanding the government press Israel to return the boat.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog November 9
Canadian Boat to Gaza | Despite a threat from an Israeli judge that they could face two months in prison, Canada's Freedom Waves to Gaza activists David Heap and Ehab Lotayef are being released.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog November 9
Canadian Boat to Gaza | On Tuesday, Freedom Waves to Gaza activists detained in Israel -- including Canadians David Heap and Ehab Lotayef -- were told they could be held in prison for two months without charges or trial.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog November 8
Toronto vigil for Canadian prisoners in Israel.  Photo: Meagan Perry
rabble staff | Karen DeVito is the first Canadian to finally be released from prison in Israel, after the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs sided with Israel in making her pay for her own deportation flight.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog November 8
Canadian Boat to Gaza | "Our friends have been assaulted, tasered, beaten, kidnapped, robbed, and imprisoned and we have now learned that Foreign Affairs is telling them they have to pay for their own deportation flight."
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog November 5
David Heap and Ehab Latoyef about the Tahrir
David Heap | Canadian activist David Heap writes from an Israeli jail that he was beaten and tasered after refusing to leave the Tahrir as it was taken over by the Israeli navy while en route to Gaza.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog November 5
Robert Lovelace | The Canadian Boat to Gaza, Tahrir, was stopped yesterday. They carried only medical supplies to the people of Gaza and the Israeli government knew that. That is a fact.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog November 4
An image released by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) shows one of the two Gaza-bound boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists in the Mediterranean Sea Nov. 4, 2011. (REUTERS/Handout/IDF)
Canadian Boat to Gaza | They were simply peace activists wanting to connect with civilians in Gaza, and the Israeli military knew that. Yet naked aggression was used against them in international waters.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog November 4
Kim Elliott | At 79 km from the Gaza shore, Canadian organizers lost contact with the Tahrir. In 2010 the Mavi Mavara was only 40 km from shore when attacked by Israeli military.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog November 3
rabble staff | The Canadian Boat to Gaza left Turkey on November 2 and is now in international waters, en route to Gaza in an act to break Israel's illegal blockade of Gaza.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog November 3
David Heap | It's dawn on board the Tahrir. This is also the dawn of what we hope will become a new strategy in the international movement to break the blockade of Gaza.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog November 3
Canadian Boat to Gaza | Two ships with 27 passengers from 5 countries are sailing to Gaza to confront the Israeli naval blockade, and to bring medical supplies and letters of support.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog October 31
Photo: Dylan Penner
Canadian Boat to Gaza | On Sunday, October 30, Canadian Boat to Gaza supporters delivered a special treat for Stephen Harper, as they brought their opposition to the illegal blockade of Gaza home to Canada.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog September 29
Canadian Boat to Gaza | Amira Hass, Israeli human rights defender and journalist, was on board the Tahrir (Canadian Boat to Gaza) in June and July of this year.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog September 2
Canadian Boat to Gaza | The choice of Uribe as vice-chairman is suspect, given his intimate association with the military and paramilitary practice of murdering civilians in Colombia.

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