January 15, 2009

Free Gaza Movement: The Spirit of Humanity Has Set Sail

Posted in ISM Updates tagged , , , , , , , , at 12:52 am by Alexia

Sailing for Humanity

At 10:30 this morning, under bright blue Mediterranean skies, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY sailed from the port of Larnaca.
Undeterred by Israeli threats of  interception at sea, 21 passengers and crew waved to friends and press on shore, committed to our mission of delivering doctors, journalists, human rights observers and a shipment of medical supplies to assist the civilian population of Gaza during this emergency.

Israel has an obligation to protect the civilian population that it occupies” stated Free Gaza delegation leader Huwaida Arraf.  “Since
Israel continues to violate this obligation, we will continue to do whatever we can to deliver badly needed medical supplies, food, and to
transport medical personnel, journalists and human rights workers to help and to witness the devastation Israel has wrought.”

The physicians on board include a reconstructive plastic surgeon and an orthopaedic surgeon and another physician.  All three doctors will
bring crucial assistance to the exhausted and overwhelmed hospital staff in Gaza where emergency resources don’t begin to meet the need.

You can keep up to date with the progress of the crew of the Spirit of Humanity by clicking on any of the following links over the next few days.

www.freegaza.org
www.anis-online.de/office/events/FreeGazaSong.htm
www.flickr.com/photos/29205195@N02/

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