Out of Small Beginnings
In August 2008, 2 tiny fishing boats set off from Cyprus carrying 44 people united in a determination to challenge the fourth largest military power in the world, and end the blockade that Israel has inflicted on the people of Gaza for so long. The mission was put together by the Free Gaza Movement, led by an almost all-women team.
Despite all odds, with death threats being made by the Israelis against several of the passengers, they arrived in Gaza to a joyous crowd of 40,000 Palestinians, who could hardly believe that they were receiving the first boats from overseas in 41 years.
Free Gaza continued sending boats to break the siege over the next few months, successfully breaking the naval blockade no less than five times.
Since those small beginnings, the movement to break the siege by sea has grown into whole flotillas with boats coming from many different countries. The third Freedom Flotilla is hoping to sail in a few months time.
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It is quite remarkable how the idea of sailing a boat into Gaza, dreamed up by two women in their home in California, has now turned into a massive international enterprise.
This summer Freedom Flotilla 3 will be following in the footsteps of those first Free Gaza pioneers of 2008, drawing inspiration from their tremendous determination and dedication to justice. 14 Friends of Palestine wish them an equally successful voyage.