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WAWA Blog August 24, 2008: The Siege on Gaza Has Been Broken by HOPE UPDATE 9 PM EST @ end



"We recognize that we're two, humble boats, but what we've accomplished is to show that average people from around the world can mobilize to create change. We do not have to stay silent in the face of injustice. Reaching Gaza today, there is such a sense of hope, and hope is what mobilizes people everywhere."--Huwaida Arraf, who sailed aboard the SS LIBERTY

 "HOPE has two children. The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it."-St Augustine




Early yesterday evening, against all odds, 42 global citizens on two small boats: the SS Free Gaza and the SS Liberty, broke the siege on Gaza and opened the eyes of the world.

Two years in the planning and sailing over 350 kilometers through choppy seas, despite threats from the Israeli government that they would use force to stop them, the fearless crew sailed the last hours of their journey without communications and navigation systems which had been jammed.


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Two Reports from Israeli Sources:

Last update - 21:56 23/08/2008          
Haniyeh: Arrival of blockade-busting boats spells end of Gaza siege
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent and The Associated Press


Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Saturday welcomed two boats that sailed from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip in efforts to break the Israeli-imposed blockade on the Palestinian territory, saying that the arrival of the boats signaled the end of the siege.

The 70-foot (21-meter) Free Gaza and 60-foot (18-meter) Liberty left the southern port of Larnaca about 10 a.m. Friday for the estimated 30-hour trip. The activists planned to deliver 200 hearing aids to a Palestinian charity for children and hand out 5,000 balloons.

The 46 activists from 14 countries belonging to the U.S.-based group Free Gaza include an 81-year-old Catholic nun and the sister-in-law of Mideast envoy and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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 Israel: Gaza blockade in place despite ships
By YAAKOV KATZ AND HERB KEINON
 

Israel's decision to allow two boats carrying international activists into Gaza's port on Saturday was a "one-time" event and did not constitute a decision by the government to allow sea access to the blockaded Palestinian territory.

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UPDATE: 9 PM EST


To all of you who have followed this two-year journey.

Fifty thousand Palestinians lined the walls of the Port of Gaza yesterday as our two wooden boats came into view across the horizon. We've seen the video of our boats flying the flags of 17 nations as well as dozens of Palestinian flags, come over the top of the water and approach. Those of us crowded at the front of the two boats could see everyone lined up waiting for us.

A few hundred meters before we navigated through the small opening into the port, we were met by dozens of fishing boats loaded with people. Little boys jumped in the water to swim around us. We had blown up balloons (yes, they are biodegradable) and dropped them in the water as the young boys swam around catching their trophies. On each red, white, black and green balloon, it said FREE PALESTINE with a dove on it. Those of us who were parents on board held our breath as the swimmers multiplied. I don't know how our two captains managed to lightly pull into the dock amid all of the other boats and people, but they did.

Today, I looked out the window of this beautiful hotel we're staying in, and there were the boats, and we had really arrived. A sour-faced Israeli official announced last night that "We have decided to let the boats through this time, but we will look at other trips on a case by case basis."  In short, our little group of 40+ human rights workers not only won the right to enter Gaza, but we won the PR battle as well.

There wasn't an Israeli warship in sight. They withdrew everything. In the 30 hours we traveled from Cyprus to Gaza, most of us seasick, the electronic systems jammed, barely able to communicate from boat to boat, we knew we had broken Israel's siege of this small seashore community, perhaps not permanently, but that small hole in the wall is now too large to put a PR finger in to stop the flow of outrage against Israel's policies.

The quay was packed with people.... packed. The video doesn't begin to do it justice. Many literally fell into the boats in an attempt to interview us, grabbing us by the hand, pulling us in front of cameras. Tony Blair's sister-in-law was brilliant, the face of the internationals here. Jeff Halper, the Israeli professor was passionate, all of us were crying. We could barely catch our breath in the crowd of well-wishers. Mushier Al Fara had tears streaming down his face, "I can finally go visit the grave of my mother." he said.

Palestinian flags were everywhere as was security. Today, if we wanted to go to the boats, we had to be accompanied by several guards in big cars as they drove us down to what they consider a symbol of support. We clearly know that, if anything happens to any of us or to the boats, it will be because Israel has ordered it, one way or the other.

Most of us leave on Tuesday to take one boat back to Cyprus and go home. Nothing that any of us will ever do again in our lives will live up to what we saw yesterday.

Greta Berlin
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