The Free Gaza Movement works to overcome the Israeli siege of Gaza through civil resistance and non-violent direct action. We want 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. Ours are the only international ships to reach Gaza since 1967. We believe 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.
A grant from the Caipirinha Foundation is helping us to successfully organize our ninth challenge of the siege in late 2009 or early 2010, bringing in to Gaza parliamentarians, journalists, human rights workers, and other concerned members of the international community, as well as several hundred tons of badly needed humanitarian and reconstruction supplies. The Free Gaza Movement will sail to Gaza again and again and again, until the siege is forever shattered and the Palestinian people have free access to the rest of the world.