After joining other civil society organizations in The Hague on Friday November 29 calling on the International Criminal Court to take action and prosecute Israeli crimes against Palestinians, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition met in Rotterdam this weekend to plan our May 2020 sailing towards Gaza with these important goals:

  • To challenge and end the illegal and inhuman Israeli blockade of Gaza
  • To restore the rights of children and youth in Gaza, for life, security and freedom of movement.

For more than five years the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has been warning the world that Gaza will become uninhabitable by 2020 if the blockade does not end. Basic human rights of Palestinians in Gaza are violated daily by the Israeli-imposed blockade, including the right to adequate housing, the right to education, the right to healthcare, the right to clean water and food, and in particular the right to freedom of movement.

Civil society organizations from around the world have combined to challenge the blockade since 2008, when Free Gaza boats managed to arrive in Gaza and leave again peacefully. In all, more than 35 boats have sailed to challenge the blockade. May 2020 will mark 10 years since the attack by Israeli forces on boats including the Mavi Marmara, where they killed 10 people and seriously wounded 56 others. Since 2010 we have sailed as the Freedom Flotilla Coalition: international civil society organizations united for human rights and dedicated to challenging the blockade of Gaza through nonviolent direct action. 

“The children of Gaza deserve the same rights as children in every other country of the world,” comments Ann Wright of the US Boat to Gaza. “They are more than a million, more than half of the population of Gaza, and they are being deprived of the right to a just future because of the illegal blockade and ongoing military attacks on occupied Gaza by Israel, with the complicity of our governments.”

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition calls on people of conscience from around the world to support our May 2020 mission for the children of Gaza.

December 1, 2019. Rotterdam.

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  1. There isn’t much here on the May 2020 flotilla. How is it being organized, who’s going, etc?

    I hope all is well.

  2. In Sydney, Australia, my group, the Northern Beaches Committee for Palestine, has met with your representative James Godfrey and we hope to co-operate with your great work in future. The NBCP raised funds to bring two youth workers from Gaza to learn how to set up a surf lifesaving club, including Nippers training (for children), on Australian lines. The North Steyne Surf Life Saving Club at Manly beach has devised a month-long schedule to teach Mohammed Saleh, from the Gaza branch of the Palestinian Youth Union, and Hasan Alhabil, a lifeguard at Gaza beach, skills such as club administration, Nippers programmes, surf and swimming safety, board riding, CPR and first aid procedures. Hasan will try for his Bronze medallion at the end of January and they will launch their Gaza SLSC before May, inshallah. So we hope that you might transport a symbolic surf board or two on your May children’s flotilla. Bless you all !


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