"Marianne of Gothenburg" left her home port at 7 pm on May 10. The trawler, which has been acquired by Ship to Gaza Sweden and Ship to Gaza Norway jointly, departs for a voyage of almost 5000 nautical miles to eastern Mediterranean and the blockaded Gaza Strip.
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Rosa Schiano est une militante italienne à Gaza. Sa mission est de témoigner et documenter les abus de la marine israélienne contre les pêcheurs de la bande de Gaza. La pêche est un mode de vie traditionnel pour les gens qui vivent sur une bande côtière de terre dans la Méditerranée. En raison du blocus israélien ce mode de vie est devenu extrêmement dangereux et de nombreux Palestiniens ont été tués en mer alors qu'ils tentaient d'exercer leur droit fondamental à la survie pour subvenir aux besoins de leurs familles.
Israël ne laisse aucun bateau dépasser une distances de trois miles nautiques de la côte de Gaza, souvent même moins que cela. Dès qu'un bateau de pêche se rapproche de cette limite la marine israélienne commence tirer vers les bateaux de pêche. Même lorsque les pêcheurs sont autorisés à pêcher, cette zone côtière a été surexploitée et seulement de petits poissons sont pris.
Rosa Schiano a vu tout cela. Ce qui suit est son compte-rendu d'un de ses voyages de pêche et la vidéo de cet incident.
Rosa Schiano is an Italian activist in Gaza. Her mission is to witness and document the abuses of the Israeli navy on the fishermen of the Gaza Strip. Fishing has been a traditional way of life for people who live on a coastal strip of land in the Mediterranean. Due to the Israeli blockade this way of life has become extremely dangerous and many Palestinians have been killed at sea while attempting to exert their human right to their livelihood and to provide for their families.
Israel does not let any boat beyond 3 nautical miles from the coast of Gaza, often even less than that. As soon as a fishing boat gets close to that limit the Israeli navy starts shooting towards the fishing boats. Even when fishermen are allowed to fish, that limited coastal area has been overfished and only small fish are caught.
Rosa Schiano has seen all of that. The following is her account of one her fishing trips and the video from that event.
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May 15, 2012
Canadian abducted by Israel to address Prairie audiences
A Canadian who was forcibly abducted by Israeli forces from the Canadian ship Tahrir and detained without charge last fall continues to demand that the Conservative government press Israel to immediately return the boat and its contents, and is taking that message on a Prairies speaking tour.
London, Ontario activist David Heap, who was on board the Tahrir when it was boarded in international waters, will be speaking in Saskatoon on May 17 and Winnipeg on May 22, and will also address the campaign’s ongoing plans to challenge the illegal blockade of Gaza.