I’ve been following the progress of two boats of human rights campaigners which sailed into Gaza yesterday unmolested by Israeli security. The Free Gaza movement organised the voyage to break the Israeli blockade. SS Free Gaza and SS Liberty made the 350 mile journey from Cyprus, despite determined efforts by Israeli government spokespeople to deter them with threats of intervention. Amongst those onboard was journalist Lauren Booth, sister-in-law of Tony Blair. Whilst primarily a human rights action to draw attetnion to the injustice of the Israeli stanglehold on Gaza, the boats also carried humanitarian aid for the people of the territory who are facing severe shortages of essential supplies. Included in the cargo were hundreds of hearing aids for children whose hearing has been damaged by the Israeli practice of flying jets over the population to saturate them with sonic booms.
Paul Larudee, co-founder of the Free Gaza movement said:
“We’re the first ones in 41 years to enter Gaza freely – but we won’t be the last. We welcome the world to join us and see what we’re seeing.”