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SS Free Gaza and SS Liberty break the siege of Gaza

category galway | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Sunday August 24, 2008 16:34author by TD - Free Palestine Campaign Report this post to the editors

“The world has not forgotten the people of this land. Today, we are all from Gaza”

Despite all odds, with scrambled radio and jammed phones courtesy of dirty tricks, a seasick passenger, in rough waves with a storm brewing, the small boats, the SS Free Gaza and the SS Liberty, successfully landed in Gaza early yesterday evening, breaking the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.They left Cyprus on Thursday morning, sailing over 350 kilometers through choppy seas. They made the journey despite threats that the Israeli government would use force to stop them. They continued sailing although they lost almost all communications and navigation systems due to outside jamming by some unknown party. They arrived in Gaza to the cheers and joyful tears of hundreds of Palestinians who came out to the beaches to welcome them.
Cartoon by the Brazilian artist;  Carlos Latuff
Cartoon by the Brazilian artist; Carlos Latuff

Two small boats, 42 determined human rights workers, one simple message: “The world has not forgotten the people of this land. Today, we are all from Gaza.”

The boats carried a consignment of 200 hearing aids for Gazan children whose hearing was damaged by the sonic booms deliberately created by low-flying israeli F-16 fighter jets breaking the sound barrier, "creating thunderous shock waves which shake buildings, break windows, blow off doors, and cause widespread panic, fear, and hysteria" (see Related Link), this collective punishment starting in late September 2005 after the withdrawal of Israeli colonising "settlers" from Gaza

Back then, Eyad Sarraj, a Palestinian psychiatrist, described the attacks as terrorising the population and resulting in an array of psychosomatic effects ranging from anxiety attacks, seizures and nausea to nosebleeds and miscarriages.

"Although it is not lethal, it can lead to death indirectly, of unborn children, it can lead to highly traumatising effects on children particularly, and adults too.Repeated attacks of that kind have resulted in widespread bedwetting and behavioural changes, depression and anxiety symptoms, in both children and adults. I have seen children who have changed completely after being subjected to sonic booms, from sociable to clingy and anxious, crying all the time. Some of them do not eat or sleep as they used to. Older children have difficulty concentrating, while others became violent."

The Palestinian Ministry of Health says there was a 30-40% increase in the number of spontaneous miscarriages during the period 27-29 October, 2005, when the use of the sonic boom was at its peak.

Dr Mauia Hassanayn of the Palestinian Ministry of Health added that 77 people, mainly children and elderly women, were taken to the hospital in December 2005 suffering from nausea and shock. Some of the more serious cases involved internal bleeding in the brain and five pregnant women aborting their babies. (Related Link).

Far from the Israeli created hell that is Gaza, yesterday afternoon, Ireland's gay community with commendable SWP participation, paraded in strength and panache through Galway in their annual parade, this time highly politicized in comparison with previous parades.

For videos of the two boats arriving in Gaza (you need QuickTime to watch them), see

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Sylvia and Elena (with baby)
Sylvia and Elena (with baby)


 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Last ...     TD    Sun Aug 24, 2008 16:41 
   heroic action     Mary Kelly    Sun Aug 24, 2008 19:45 
   humanitarian     jenny    Sun Aug 24, 2008 20:27 
   Fantastic     Alan Lonergan    Sun Aug 24, 2008 22:06 
   Ahoy Sr. Anne Montgomery!     Ciaron    Mon Aug 25, 2008 07:10 
   Update!     TD    Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:35 
   Jubilation!     Sandra K    Mon Aug 25, 2008 13:17 
   breaking the blockade     Con Carroll    Mon Aug 25, 2008 15:01 
   breaking the seige     Con Carroll    Mon Aug 25, 2008 15:23 
 10   derek graham ss. free gaza     jenny    Mon Aug 25, 2008 18:16 
 11   Update!     TD    Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:52 
 12   Oops!     TD    Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:00 
 13   Gremlins!     TD    Tue Aug 26, 2008 14:20 
 14   True courage . . .     Fred Johnston    Tue Aug 26, 2008 17:40 
 15   Laila Shaheen, Jeff Halper and Carlos Latuff     Michael Ryan    Tue Aug 26, 2008 17:43 
 16   gaza     eva ,damian    Tue Aug 26, 2008 20:59 
 17   gaza     gaza    Tue Aug 26, 2008 21:08 
 18   gaza     gaza    Tue Aug 26, 2008 21:12 
 19   gaza     eva ,damian    Tue Aug 26, 2008 21:17 
 20   No siege was broken     avi15    Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:13 
 21   Aid     Tom    Thu Aug 28, 2008 14:11 
 22   Reply to Avi . . .     Fred Johnston    Thu Aug 28, 2008 14:52 
 23   leaving gaza     jenny    Thu Aug 28, 2008 16:49 
 24   back safe     jenny    Fri Aug 29, 2008 20:43 
 25   Begining of the End of the Occupation!     Gaza Hope    Fri Aug 29, 2008 20:43 
 26   Free Gaza & Liberty Arrive In Cyprus With Palestinians On-board     MichaelY    Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:40 
 27   Well done to the valiant crew on a successful humanitarian voyage     Jacqueline Fallon    Sun Aug 31, 2008 14:24 
 28   Israel fires on unarmed peace activists.     Reporter12    Mon Sep 01, 2008 09:46 
 29   Denied entry into both by Israel and Egypt     JayCeeme    Wed Sep 03, 2008 15:16 
 30   Confused     Mitch    Wed Sep 03, 2008 16:52 
 31   trying to put positive spin on failure     joywol    Thu Sep 04, 2008 00:10 
 32   SS boats in GAZA     Sean Og    Thu Sep 04, 2008 09:17 
 33   Sonic booms as a terrorist weapon.     Reporter12    Thu Sep 04, 2008 17:53 
 34   Reporter12,     Eli    Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:50 
 35   Some links regarding Israel's use of Sonic Boom as a weapon     Mark C    Fri Sep 05, 2008 16:06 
 36   Still Confused     Mitch    Fri Sep 05, 2008 17:41 
 37   Red Herrings aside.     Reporter12    Mon Sep 08, 2008 13:03 
 38   The Next Phase.     Reporter12    Tue Sep 09, 2008 09:41 
 39   The Next Phase     CeeJayme    Tue Sep 09, 2008 13:37 
 40   Occupied and imprisoned by whom?     Vincent    Tue Sep 09, 2008 16:50 
 41   Occupied & Imprisoned by whom     CeeJayme    Tue Sep 09, 2008 18:29 
 42   See no Evil - Hear no evil.     Vincent    Tue Sep 09, 2008 19:36 
 43   Blaming the Palestinians for the occupation.     Reporter12    Thu Sep 11, 2008 01:19 
 44   Lauren's lies embarrassingly exposed     JoyWol    Thu Sep 11, 2008 23:13 
 45   Who is embarrassing who ?     Vincent    Sun Sep 14, 2008 21:39 
 46   More good Siege-busting news     Reporter12    Tue Sep 16, 2008 17:24 
 47   The Terror attacks continue     Reporter12    Wed Sep 17, 2008 16:58 
 48   Phase2 of the mission to free Gaza.     Reporter12    Tue Sep 23, 2008 16:05 
 49   You read it wrong.     Corrector12    Tue Sep 23, 2008 16:59 
 50   Who is Embarrasing Who     JayCeeme    Thu Sep 25, 2008 00:24 
 51   Disgraceful attack on decency     Vincent    Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:05 
 52   Concentration camps     DenisMac    Thu Sep 25, 2008 20:37 
 53   Concentration Camps     JayCeeme    Thu Sep 25, 2008 21:46 
 54   Embarrassing and Shameful realities.     Vincent    Sat Sep 27, 2008 15:37 
 55   Embarrasing and Shameful Realities     JayCeeme    Sat Oct 04, 2008 18:39 
 56   Pathetic !     Vincent    Sun Oct 05, 2008 14:18 
 57   Embarrasing & Shameful realities     JayCeeme    Sun Oct 05, 2008 22:36 
 58   Sorry ?     Vincent    Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:12 
 59   These are the billions....     Contrarian    Mon Oct 06, 2008 13:45 
 60   Could you possibly be more wrong ?     Vincent    Mon Oct 06, 2008 17:14 
 61   Embarrasing & Shameful     JayCeeme    Tue Oct 07, 2008 21:40 
 62   Gaza blockaded by Egypt     Sean Og    Wed Oct 08, 2008 00:50 
 63   Free Gaza go again     Gerry    Thu Oct 23, 2008 02:48 
 64   Gaza -cowiouser and cowiouser     Sean Og    Sun Oct 26, 2008 09:10 

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