Canadian Boat to Gaza
Introducing the Canadian delegates to Freedom Flotilla 2
Before the end of June, the Canadian ship Tahrir will join the Freedom Flotilla 2 – Stay Human, carrying civil society delegates from coast to coast, international partners and journalists from a range of media organizations.
It has been just over a year since Kevin Neish bore witness to the Israeli Defence Force-orchestrated massacre of nine activists aboard the Turkish ship MV Mavi Marmara, events that shocked the world, and brought an end to last year's Freedom Flotilla and its attempt to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.
It has been brought to our attention that a lawsuit has been filed against the Canadian Boat to Gaza seeking over $1 million in damages as well as an injunction seeking to block our fundraising and other activities. The alleged damages mentioned in the claim occurred years before the inception of our project.
Dear friends and supporters,
Thanks to all of you, in a few short weeks, the Tahrir will be sailing with Freedom Flotilla II - Stay Human. Thirty delegates from across the country are preparing themselves for a difficult but necessary voyage and we are continuing to work with our international partners to organize and coordinate every aspect of the project. We are also assembling a dedicated group of volunteers across the country who will remain in Canada, supporting the launch of the flotilla, tracking and communicating with the Tahrir once it sets sail and handling media and public actions regionally and nationally.
Ehab Lotayef defends the Canadian Boat to Gaza in an interview with a hostile Sun News reporter.
Montreal June 06,2011 - Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams and Mairead Maguire, three Nobel Peace Prize winners, have taken a position supporting he Canadian Boat to Gaza. Meeting at Montebello as part a conference on sexual violence toward women during political conflicts, organized by the Nobel Women's Initiative, all three have added their names to the list of international supporters of the project, which aims to break the illegal naval blockade that Israel has imposed on 1.5 million civilians living in Gaza.
A long-term engagement
Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her efforts to protect human rights, particularly the rights of women and infants, and political prisoners in Iran.
Jody Williams, an American, was awarded the Prize in 1997 for her persistent work to eliminate anti-personnel land mines. It was Mairead Maguire's efforts to end the violence in Northern Ireland, her birth-place, that were recognized when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976.
Maired Maguire was also present at the press conference organized by the Canadian Boat to Gaza in Toronto, on May 26. "I completely support this call to the Israeli government to allow passage for the Canadian Boat to Gaza," she said. "This boat will join the flotilla of 10 vessels that will bring together almost a thousand people. They will show the people of Gaza that the world has not forgotten."
A year after a civilian aid boat attempting to break the Gaza blockade ended up in a deadly confrontation with Israeli soldiers, a group of Canadians is bracing for a second attempt despite calls by the federal government to stand down.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC- May 30, 2011 - The Canadian Boat to Gaza (CBG) is dismissing Foreign Affairs Minister Baird's misinformation about the upcoming flotilla, and is promising to sail with the Freedom Flotilla II next month.