Archive for Aid

25/06: Free Gaza Movement first departure for the Gaza Strip

Posted in Gaza, Non-violent resistance, Siege with tags , on 24/06/2009 by 3071km

Written by the FGM team

Date published: 24th June 2009

Source: Free Gaza Movement

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The FGM is sending the first 2009 ships to the Gaza Strip tomorrow and we’re sending all of them our best wishes in this new adventure!!!

PRESS ADVISORY
24 June 2009

The Free Gaza Movement will depart Larnaca Port for the Gaza Strip at 10am on Thursday 25 June. We are sending two ships, the Free Gaza and the Spirit of Humanity, with 3 tons of medical supplies, 15 tons of cement, and human rights workers and journalists from 14 countries, including Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman and presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney. This will be our first attempt to challenge Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza by sea since the Israeli Navy brutally rammed our boat, DIGNITY in December, and nearly sank the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY with all on board in January.

We will be holding a press conference at Larnaca Port between 9am and 10am, prior to our departure.

For more information, please contact Greta Berlin or Ramzi Kysia at +357 99 081 767, friends@freegaza.org

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Aid agencies slam Gaza blockade

Posted in Everyday life in Gaza, Gaza, Gaza reconstruction, International community, Israeli occupation, Israeli politics, Siege with tags , , on 24/06/2009 by 3071km

Written by Mel Frykberg

Date Published: 22nd June 2009

Original source: Inter Press Service [The Electronic Intifada, 22/06/09]

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Aid rots outside Gaza

Posted in Everyday life in Gaza, Gaza, Israeli occupation, Operation Cast Lead, Siege with tags , , on 16/04/2009 by 3071km

Written by Erin Cunningham

Published 15th April 2009

Source: IPS

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Aid meant for Gaza going waste in Egypt (Credit: Eric Cunningham)

Aid meant for Gaza going waste in Egypt (Credit: Eric Cunningham)

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of aid intended for the Gaza Strip is piling up in cities across Egypt’s North Sinai region, despite recent calls from the United Nations to ease aid flow restrictions to the embattled territory in the wake of Operation Cast Lead.

Nappies and spaghetti: the challenges of getting aid into Gaza

Posted in Everyday life in Gaza, Gaza, Israeli occupation, Israeli politics, Siege with tags , , on 10/04/2009 by 3071km

Written by Michael Bailey (Oxfam GB)

Published 9th April 2009

Source: Reuters AlertNet

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This is an interesting post that discusses the challenges of getting aid into Gaza, the siege on Gaza and the dependency of Gazans on humanitarian aid. Here are some excerpts:


I am here with 13 colleagues from the humanitarian community, three middle ranking Israeli soldiers and the manager of the Kerem Shalom crossing which is located at the meeting point of the Gaza Strip, Israel and Egyptian borders. We are 20 adults earnestly discussing baby nappies and the security significance of pasta.

Meanwhile, inside Gaza, 8,000 families are waiting for the materials to rebuild the homes that were destroyed nearly three months ago.

The Israeli government closed the Karni crossing in June 2007 after Hamas took control of Gaza. Since then all of Gaza’s supplies have been rerouted forty kilometres further south through Kerem Shalom.

Every piece of humanitarian aid has been loaded onto a pallet, wrapped in plastic and labelled before it can begin its journey.

Items have been unloaded from one truck onto the ground then loaded onto the shuttle truck and unloaded again. Towards the end of the day it will be picked up a third time to be finally loaded onto a Palestinian truck to be taken into Gaza.

The crossing manager’s wall reveals one further feature of Kerem Shalom’s armoury against smuggling and bombs.

If there is one [list of banned and allowed products] it seems we shall not be getting a copy. We shall continue to do our best, each of us in our own sterile compartment, drip-feeding 1.5 million people who are suspended in dependency while we wait for the policy to change so that they can take care of themselves.