From the Huffington Post Robert Naiman, Policy Director, Just Foreign Policy
Why We Must Sail to Gaza
A year ago, peace and solidarity activists tried to break the blockade of Gaza with an international flotilla of ships. They failed, in the sense that the Israeli government attacked the flotilla, took control of the ships, and brought the ships to Israel. They succeeded, in the sense that the flotilla and the Israeli attack brought attention to the Israeli-U.S.-Egyptian siege of Gaza, dramatically increasing political pressure on the three governments, leading to a partial easing of the siege.
Now an even larger flotilla, with the participation of more ships and more activists from more countries -- including, crucially, the U.S. ship Audacity of Hope -- is preparing to set sail in June.
And -- God willing -- when the Audacity of Hope sets sail, I will be on it...
...But beyond all this, our goal is not merely to end the siege of Gaza once and for all, but to add to political pressure for a resolution of the conflict that brings justice for the Palestinians. The fact that there is other increasing pressure in this direction makes this an even more appropriate time to take action. Egypt has a new policy, which is likely to become even more assertive when it has a democratically-elected government. The Palestinian factions have signed a reconciliation and cooperation agreement, which is likely to spur Palestinian resistance to the occupation and Arab and international support for that resistance. The Europeans are restive. The Palestinian political leadership is planning to go to the UN in September to obtain recognition of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, which would not only add substantially to pressure for a political resolution, but in the interim would add pressure to protect the Palestinian residents of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from the Israeli occupation. There is no time like the present to add to this pressure.
We encourage all Americans to support our voyage, and to agitate with the US government and public opinion to ensure our safe passage to Gaza. more
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