The Free Gaza Movement works to overcome the Israeli siege of Gaza through civil resistance and nonviolent direct action. It seeks to raise international awareness about the prison-like closure of the Gaza Strip and pressure the international community to review its sanctions policy and end its support for continued Israeli occupation. Since August 2008, Free Gaza has organized several sea voyages to the Gaza Strip, directly challenging the Israeli naval blockade. Its ships are the only international vessels to reach Gaza since 1967. The Free Gaza Movement believes that when our governments are silent in the face of massive human rights abuses, we, concerned members of the international community, must take action commensurate with the crisis.
The Free Gaza Movement is a multi-year grantee. A 2011 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported the Irish Ship to Gaza’s participation in the Freedom Flotilla II. A 2010 grant supported Daniel Machover’s representation of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. A 2009 grant helped the Free Gaza Movement to successfully organize its ninth challenge of the siege, which in 2010 brought several hundred tons of badly needed humanitarian and reconstruction supplies to Gaza.
The American Educational Trust served as a fiscal sponsor for these grants.