Estelle is sailing!
The port authorities in La Spezia in northern Italy finally decided to not give in to Israeli pressure. Just minutes ago Ship to Gaza and its vessel Estelle got final clearance to depart from port. Credit to the responsible officials who showed integrity and a sense of justice!
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We were beginning to recognize the pattern from last years Flotilla all too well, when a Greek government under pressure took the decision to detain all Flotilla boats in Greek ports.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry has already confirmed that it is pressuring those countries whose citizens are on board to prevent them from "approaching" Gaza. If "approaching" Gaza includes sailing from La Spezia to Napoli, that would have been a serious violation of one of the EU's basic principles: freedom of movement.
It would be unacceptable for the EU to cave in to such pressure, turning against its own citizens and vessels. It is especially serious when such actions are taken against a peaceful, humanitarian action which enjoys wide public and political support. That support is currently being demonstrated in our petition to end the illegal and inhumane blockade of Gaza, which has been signed by thousands of people from all over the world in the last few days.
Ship to Gaza and our partners in the Freedom Flotilla Coalition urge each one of our supporters to follow S/V Estelles journey, and if necessary act in their respective roles and areas: sympathizers, local activists, support organizations, union organizations, EU parliamentarians and national parliamentarians.
Use any resources available to you to protest the Israeli government's attempt to expand its blockade to ports in northern Italy. Ask your respective foreign ministers, U.S. Representatives questions, and do the same to the EU through the EU Parliament. Conduct support actions to demand that Estelle stays free to sail.
For our Italian readers please see Rumbo A Gaza: Rumbo a Gaza es una iniciativa de sociedad civil a sociedad civil impulsada por personas de diferentes ciudades del estado español que quieren manifestar su solidaridad con la población de Gaza de una manera activa y eficaz rompiendo el injusto embargo que mantiene ahogada a la población.
End the blockade of Gaza!
Contacts on board Estelle:
Victoria Strand + 46 727356564
Mikael Löfgren: +46 707983643
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