On Monday 19 December, 2016 (13:00) Haifa District court (acting as Maritime court) at Ave. Pal Yam 15a, Haifa, there will be a protest against the ongoing illegal blockade of Gaza and to demand the return of our Freedom Flotilla boat so that we can take it to Gaza without delay.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) has been challenging the illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip for years, employing direct action, consisting of boats sailing to and from Gaza. The most recent attempt was the Women’s Boat to Gaza, which ended when a sailing boat (Zaytouna-Oliva), with 13 women from different countries, sailed across the Mediterranean Sea towards Gaza. As with all of our boats in the last five years, the Israeli Occupation Forces attacked it. Zaytouna-Oliva was illegally boarded in international waters and taken against our will to Ashdod, denying us the ability to reach our sisters and brothers in Palestine.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition is represented in this case by the Israeli law firm of Gaby Lasky, who helped free many of our Women’s Boat to Gaza participants and who successfully challenged the Israeli government’s illegal seizure of the Swedish Ship to Gaza sailing vessel Estelle in the Israeli Supreme Court.

These legal cases are part of our ongoing strategy to challenge and end the illegal and inhumane blockade of Gaza.  To help cover our legal costs and contribute to our ongoing work, visit wbg.freedomflotilla.org/donations and donate to any of our Freedom Flotilla Coalition campaigns.