Freedom Flotilla to Gaza in Kiel May 23-24
Sailing for the Right to a Just Future for Palestine
Contacts in Germany:
Reiner Braun, International Peace Bureau: +49 (0) 172 2317475 / [email protected]
Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy (US, currently in Berlin): +1-217-979-2857 / [email protected]
Contact on boat: Zohar Chamberlain Regev: +34 647077426 or +34 674640483 / zohar99[email protected]
The Freedom Flotilla ship Al Awda (The Return), together with Ship to Gaza Sweden vessels Hurriya (Freedom), Falestine (Palestine) and Mairead (named for Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire who previously sailed against the blockade) arrive in Kiel from Copenhagen on Wednesday May 23 and will be in port in Kiel Thursday May 24, leaving Friday morning May 25. Expected arrival in Kiel is 16:00 on Wednesday May 23. A reception is expected at 18:00. The boats will visit many European ports on their way to challenge the illegal and cruel Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza in late July.
The Freedom Flotilla is sailing in 2018 for the right to a just future for Palestine. We challenge the blockade of Gaza and demand an end to our governments’ complicity with the blockade, which has created a humanitarian crisis, with civilians lacking clean water, electricity, and medical care. For more information about our mission and about the blockade of Gaza, see https://jfp.freedomflotilla.org/about-just-future-palestine
Participants on board Al Awda include Zohar Chamberlain Regev, Israeli Spanish resident and Freedom Flotilla Coalition boat leader; Elizabeth Murray, former Deputy National Intelligence Officer from the United States; Mikkel Grüner, Danish national and city councillor in Bergen, Norway; indigenous activist Heather Milton-Lightening from Canada, professor of Business Nazari Ismail and CEO of MyCARE Malaysia Kamarul Zaman, both from Malaysia; sailor and human rights advocate Charlie Andreasson from Sweden.
On Thursday afternoon May 24 in Kiel, the boats will be met by Reiner Braun, Co-President of the International Peace Bureau in Berlin. Braun comments: “The blockade of Gaza violates the human rights of Palestinian civilians. If unaddressed the blockade is likely to lead to more war in the future as it has in the past. As peace advocates we must challenge this human rights violation and end it.”
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