Barcelona, November 1, 2015
for immediate release
In light of the extremely deteriorated situation in Palestine, the Israeli oppression and the continued blockade of Gaza, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) met in Barcelona to evaluate past actions and plan for future work. The following strategic plan was adopted:
2016: Women's Boat to Gaza will sail to challenge the blockade.
2017: Focus will be on solidarity with the fishermen of Gaza.
2018: a large vessel carrying hundreds of supporters from around the world will sail to challenge the blockade.
Statement from the FFC re. Freedom Flotilla III
The plan for Freedom Flotilla III was to have three boats challenging the blockade and two accompanying/supporting boats. Of the three, the Marianne was on its way from Sweden since May while the Juliano was being prepared in Corfu and the Agios Nikolaos was being prepared in Athens, to start moving in June. All repairs and inspections were made and the two boats were ready to sail.
Israel has not only taken over the sky, borders and Palestinian territorial waters, but has also extended its blockade in the Mediterranean Sea up to 100 nautical miles, violating international and maritime law.
During the operation of hijacking "Marianne" Israeli soldiers used violence, threats and abuse against crew and passengers. The IDF referred to the operation as “uneventful” which can only be understood in the light of the levels of violence used in general in the upholding of the blockade and particularily in the routine hijacking of Palestinian fishing vessels.