According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), between 1 January and 15 May 2017, the Israeli Occupation Force (IOF) opened fire on Gaza fishers 133 times. On 15 May, the IOF Navy shot at two fishing boats about three nautical miles from the Gaza shore, northwest of Gaza City, killing a 25 year old fisherman, Mohammed Majed Bakr, whose wife is now a widow with two small children, aged one and three. In violation of International Law, Israel has declared that Gaza fishers can only fish in a zone close to the Gaza shore. When the massive attack on the population of Gaza ended in 2014, Israel promised to increase the size of zone where Palestinians could fish. Once the international media attention had faded, Israel went back on its word. Even within that area the IOF navy routinely terrorises Palestinian fishers, destroying or stealing fishing boats, destroying their nets and confiscating their catch.
A statement from our partner organization, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in Gaza:
An Appeal for Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners and detainees on hunger strike in Israeli prisons
To all Human Rights and human dignity defenders…
To all who oppose Israel crimes and terrorism...
Palestinian Prisoners and detainees are on an open hunger strike for their 24th day, demanding of their basic rights. The brutal Israeli Occupation has detained their freedom as a punishment for their legitimate struggle against the occupation of their homeland, it even deprives them of their basic needs, and practices systematic repressive policies against them, which violate principles of International Law.
Solidarity with Gaza Fishers (SGF) is a Freedom Flotilla Coalition initiative that aims to link the struggle of Palestinian fishers in Gaza, under blockade and under constant attacks by Israel, with their counterparts in countries all over the world, and to build international civil society support for the end of Israel's blockade of Gaza.
The initiative was launched with a call to all artists/designers globally for submissions of a criterion based logo for SGF that represented the situation of fishers in Gaza who face restrictions and violence from the Israeli Occupation Forces.