Freedom Flotilla III has come and gone. The siege on Gaza remains.
We did not end Israel’s criminal blockade on Gaza. We did focus world attention on this illegal siege. We did highlight the fact that Israel still occupies Gaza. We did show international solidarity with the people of Palestine. We did demonstrate the power of global citizen action. And, we did bring humanitarian aid for Gaza, even though it did not reach them.
Freedom Flotilla III comprised almost 60 sailors from more than 20 nations. I was the only South African, one of a just a few academics, and the only Christian theologian.
Five boats made up the flotilla. Boat 1 – the “Marianne of Gothenburg” – was a converted fishing trawler, which had been sailing for more than a month already. It was the lead boat which would attempt to ‘break’ the siege. Boats 3, 4 and 5…
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