Posted on April 9, 2008, by & filed under News, Protest Actions.

The good boat Liberty (credit:

After having shattered the Israeli blockade, the Free Gaza and Liberty will departed Gaza for Cyprus on August 28th. Several Palestinians who have previously been denied exit visas by Israel joined international human rights workers on the journey. Among the Palestinians was Saed Mosleh, age 10, of Beit Hanoun, Gaza . Saed lost his leg due to an Israeli tank shell and has left Gaza with his father to seek medical treatment. Also on board were the Darwish family, who will finally be reunited with their relatives in Cyprus .

iI canit believe weire finally able to leave for medical treatment,i said Khaled Mosleh, Saedis father, before departing. iThis is a miracle of God.i

Nine international human rights workers remain in Gaza to do longer-term monitoring and accompaniment.

By freely traveling to Gaza , on Saturday, August 23rd, in two, small, wooden boats, the Free Gaza Movement forced the Israeli government to issue a fundamental policy change regarding their military and economic blockade of Gaza . The Israeli Ministry of Foreign affairs publicly announced that humanitarian and human rights missions to Gaza will no longer be stopped or threatened by Israel . With the end of the Israeli siege of Gaza , Palestinians should be free to exercise their rights without fear of being stopped or killed by the Israeli military.

Yvonne Ridley, a journalist and member for the Free Gaza Movement, summed up her experience in Gaza by saying, iI missed the start of the Berlin Wall coming down by just a few days, but now I know how people felt when they tore down those first few bricks. This has been a huge victory of people over power.i

Since the organizers of the Free Gaza Movement will not be entering Israeli territorial waters, and since they will request an inspection from both the Gaza Port Authority when they depart, and the Cypriot authorities upon their return, they expect no interference on the part of the Israeli authorities when they leave Gaza . By Israel is own admission, it has no authority to inspect the boats or the passengers when they leave Gaza .

With the collapse of the Israeli blockade, the Free Gaza Movement will quickly return to Gaza with another delegation, and they would like to encourage the United Nations, Arab League and international community to organize similar human rights and humanitarian efforts. The Free Gaza Movement will continue to work to ensure that safe passage between Gaza and the outside world will remain free and open.


Maha M.S. Darwish, mother

Omar Darwish, age 5

Sami M.J. Darwish, age 14

Ayman M.J. Darwish, age 17

Tawfiq M.J. Darwish, age 18

Khaled Mosleh, father

Saed Mosleh, age 10


Greta Berlin, Los Angeles , USA

Nikolaos Bolos, Athens , Greece

Lauren Booth, London , UK

Maria del Mar, Vilanova i La Geltru , Spain

Musheir El Farra, Sheffield , UK

Eliza Ernshire, London , UK

Petros Giotis, Athens , Greece

Christos Giouanopoulos, Athens , Greece

Derek Graham, Ballina , Ireland

Mary Thompson-Hughes, Los Angeles & London

Fathi Jaoudi, Jendouba , Tunisia & London

Yiannis Karipidis, Komothnh , Greece

Giorgios Klontzas, St. Nicolaos , Greece

John Klusmire, Monterey , CA , USA

The Hon. Anastasios Kourakis, MP (representing Thessaloniki , Greece )

Dr. Paul Larudee, El Cerrito , CA , USA

Dr. Edith Lutz, Cologne , Germany

Theresa McDermott, Edinburgh , Scotland

Sr. Anne Montgomery , New York , USA

Aki Nawaz, Bradford , UK

Thomas Nelson, Welches, OR, USA

Peter Philips , New York , USA

Dr. Vaggelis Pissias, Athens , Greece

Panagiotis Politis, Volos , Greece

Yvonne Ridley, London , UK

David Schermerhorn, Deer Harbor , WA , USA

Huwaida Arraf Shapiro, Ramallah, Palestine

Courtney Sheetz , New York , USA

Kathy Sheetz, Woods Hole , MA , USA

Ren Tawil, Minneapolis , MN

Kathleen Wang, Diamond Bar , CA , USA


Vittorio Arrigoni, Bulciago , Italy

Georgios Karatzas, Pireas , Greece

Jenny Linnell, Totnes , UK

Andrew Muncie, Spean Bridge , Scotland

Ken OiKeefe, London , UK

Adam Qvist, Copenhagen , Denmark

Darlene Wallach, San Jose , CA , USA

Donna Wallach, San Jose , CA , USA