Dr. Swee Ang (UK)
Sailing on Al Awda, ‘The Return’
UPDATE: 17:00/7 August – Dr Swee arrived at Luton Airport at 12:15 on 1 August, with no mobile phone as it was stolen from her by Israeli authorities along with her clothes, her camera, all the medication she was carrying for the participants and in fact everything in her luggage except one t-shirt. She does have her memory and will be publicising her recollections in due course to hold the Israeli authorities to account. Watch interview of Dr Swee on Russia Today – Going Underground (8 August 2018) – Dr Swee Ang reveals Israeli soldiers beat up the captain of the Freedom Flotilla
Read articles detailing Dr Swee’s experiences aboard Al Awda and in Israeli detention here:
21st Century Wire
Middle East Eye – in which Dr Swee reveals that her Bible was stolen.
Redress Information and Analysis – ‘This will sicken you: Eyewitness describes hateful act of piracy by Israel against Norwegian boat on mercy mission’
Interview on al-Mayadeen
There was a Media Conference for Dr Swee and Ian Diez Young on 7 August 2018 at the Palestinian Mission, London. Some photos and images are posted on the discussion section of our Facebook page.
Dr Swee spoke alongside Richard Sudan at a Welcome Home event in London on 10 September 2018 – report here.
Dr Swee’s resolve is strengthened even further by her experiences and participation in the Freedom Flotilla.
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When invited to come on board Al Awda, the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, I knew I must join them. This summer marks the thirty-sixth year of my journey with the Palestinians.
It began in 1982 when as an ignorant Pro-Israel Christian doctor I first stepped foot as a volunteer surgeon in Gaza Hospital in Beirut’s Sabra Shatila Palestinian refugee camp. There I fell in love passionately with a generous, kind, honest and gentle people – the Palestinians. They were forced out of Palestine in 1948 and found themselves, refugees. Despite the dispossession, persecution and injustice they remained human.
About 3 weeks after my arrival, more than three thousand of them were cruelly massacred. My heart was broken and trampled on, and would have remained dead and buried in the rubble of their bulldozed homes. But the survivors, even while burying their own loved ones, nurtured me back to life with their tears and love. The children filled with courage, hope and dignity inspired me and gave me the strength to walk on with them. “We are not afraid Doctor come with us”.
It is now 70 years since the Palestinian Nakba and Diaspora in 1948. When will their journey home begin?
Today, six million Palestinians dispersed in various refugee camps are denied the right of return to their ancestral Palestine; the other six million lived under occupation in Gaza and West Bank. For twelve years, two million Palestinians have been imprisoned under a brutal land and sea military blockade in Gaza. During this time there were three major military assaults where Gaza was relentlessly bombed for weeks.
Recently, since 30 March 2018, unarmed Gaza demonstrators calling for the Right of Return are shot at with high-grade military assault rifles leaving more than 124 dead and 13,000 severely wounded with hundreds of amputees and potential amputees.
The Flotilla brings hope to the besieged Palestinians. They are praying for us in their mosques and churches in the Gaza Strip. They know we are making this journey for them. Even if we are to be abducted, imprisoned and deported, may we remain faithful in solidarity and love for the people of Palestine and Gaza.
Dr Swee Ang, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Author From Beirut to Jerusalem. “I would like to make my book freely available. The title From Beirut to Jerusalem is the prayer of the Palestinians in the Diaspora to return to Palestine.” Click here for a free download.