Category: News

  • Women’s Boat to Gaza: A message of hope and solidarity

      The Women’s boat to Gaza is a Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) initiative.  By launching a women’s boat, women from all over the world aim to highlight the undeniable contributions of Palestinian women who have been central within the Palestinian struggle in Gaza, the West Bank, inside the Green Line and in the diaspora, and […]

  • New strategic plan adopted by Freedom Flotilla Coalition

    Barcelona, November 1, 2015for 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 […]

  • Difficulties faced & Plan changes

    Difficulties faced & Plan changes

    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 […]

  • Freedom Flotilla Coalition makes a call to restore the international law

    Freedom Flotilla Coalition makes a call to restore the international law

    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 […]

  • Dr. Marzouki’s interview after Freedom Flotilla III

    It was at the end of March when members of Freedom Flotilla Coalition had the chance to meet Dr. Moncef Marzouki just after the World Social Forum in Tunis. The meeting only lasted for a few minutes, however Dr. Marzouki’s response to the question “whether he would like to help FF3 and maybe join our […]

  • Press Release: “Marianne” sailors still imprisoned in Israel [UPD]

    [UPDATED: 2015-07-01 18:16 GMT+2] It has been more than 50 hours since Israeli navy attacked the “Marianne” in international waters, 100nm from Gaza, during one of its usual acts of State piracy, always behaving as the bullying state of eastern Mediterranean. 18 participants on board were kidnapped and brought by force and against their will […]

  • Israel once again commits an act of state piracy in the Mediterranean

    At 02:06AM today (Gaza time) the “Marianne” contacted Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) and informed us that three boats of the Israeli navy had surrounded her in international waters, while sailing approximately 100NM from Gaza coast. After that we lost contact with the “Marianne” and at 05:11AM (Gaza time) the IDF announced that they had “visited […]

  • Israeli ships 500 meters from Marianne

    Press release from StG Sweden: 2015-06-29 02:30 At 22.57 (UTC) we had our last contact with Ship to Gaza’s trawler Marianne of Gothenburg. We were informed that the three military vessels who identified themselves as Israeli navy, has now moved even closer. The distance was estimated to 500 meters. The position was located to 31° […]

  • #FreedomFlotilla III: 47 Participants on Four Boats Sailing Now | #NextPortGaza

    Freedom Flotilla III, consisting of four boats, the converted fishing trawler “Marianne of Gothenburg” and the supporting sailing vessels “Rachel”, “Vittorio” and “Juliano II”, carrying 47 people from 17 countries, has been sailing since Saturday morning (Gaza time) to challenge the blockade of 1.8 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Our primary goal is to […]

  • Palestinian and Jewish Organizations and activists in Israel welcome the freedom flotilla and call to end the siege on Gaza

    We, Palestinian and Jewish organizations and activists in Israel, oppose the Israeli policy of ongoing human rights violations, a policy that seeks to maintain its control through the siege that is strangulating the Palestinian people. The siege undermines the development of an independent economy and keeps Gazans under occupation, dependent on Israel for their most […]

  • Why I Am On Gaza Freedom Flotilla 3 | By Ann Wright

      Ann Wright with other delegates of FF3 in Heraklion, Crete. I served 29 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a Colonel. I was also a U.S. diplomat for 16 years and served in U.S. Embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia.

  • Freedom Flotilla III sets sail: #NextPortGaza

    Passengers transferred to boats on Friday afternoon / Photo: D. Lampropoulos Today, June 27th 2015, four boats of the 2015 the Freedom Flotilla III set sail from their final European points of departure. Through nonviolent resistance they will challenge the illegal blockade of the Palestinian Gaza strip, which is running on its 9th year, sailing […]

  • Freedom Flotilla III is Sailing to Open the Port of Gaza

    More than three boats, with more than 50 crew and passengers from about twenty countries are prepared to reach the port of Gaza and call on the international community to open it This year’s mission, organized by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition against the blockade and the siege of Gaza, is about to sail to highlight […]

  • Open letter from Member of Knesset Dr. Basel Ghattas to Netanyahu

    MK Dr. Basel Ghattas The freedom flotilla to Gaza will leave Athens shortly. I will be on it along with many other participants including members of parliament and public figures from around the world. This civil flotilla is a peaceful one whose aim is to end the siege by way of turning international attention to […]

  • Next stop: Gaza

    Around 10 pm Friday, Ship to Gaza’s trawler Marianne of Gothenburg left the port of Messina at the east coast of Sicilia and sailed out on to the Ionian sea through the strait of Messina. During the coming week Marianne will meet up with the other boats who are part of Freedom Flottila III. Together […]

  • Call from Palestine to the Freedom Flotilla

    We the Palestinians of the besieged Gaza Strip and the rest of occupied Palestine, on this day, more than eight years after closures began on Gaza, are saying: Enough inaction, enough discussion, enough waiting – the full siege on the Gaza Strip by land, air and sea must end. The atrocities in the war on […]

  • Marianne is near to reach Mediterranean sea

    Marianne, the Scandinavian trawler who is headed to meet up with other boats of the third Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, is about to enter the Mediterranean Sea. After its departure from Sweden, Marianne has stopped in Norway, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal where welcoming committees organized a reception in the town hall, as well as […]

  • Marianne is headed for Gaza today

    Press release from Ship to Gaza – Sweden Marianne of Gothenburg will leave her home port at 7 pm on the 10 of May. The trawler, which has been acquired by Ship to Gaza Sweden and Ship to Gaza Norway jointly, departs for a voyage of almost 5000 nautical miles to eastern Mediterranean and the blockaded Gaza Strip.

  • Freedom Flotilla III will sail during the first half of 2015

    Freedom Flotilla III will sail during the first half of 2015

    Former Tunisian President affirms that he will be on board Tunis, March 30, 2015 Representatives of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) and partner organizations traveled to Tunis last week where they participated in the World Social Forum.  During the WSF they met with several Palestinian and Tunisian civil society organizations. FFC representatives were also received […]

  • A new Freedom Flotilla will sail

    A new Freedom Flotilla will sail

    Athens, December 8, 2014 The humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate. Israel is not being held accountable for the damage it caused during its assault on the strip nor for the commitments it made as a part of the Egyptian brokered agreement to end hostilities. The port of Gaza remains closed and borders remain […]