August 23 2010: Happy 2nd Birthday Free Gaza!

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Go Emily! Go Tristan!

Emily and her specialty arty eye wear

Resistance is the secret of joy. Alice Walker said it and – while she also said “everything we love can be saved” and I still feel mad at her for that cos however way you look at it that is heartbreakingly not true – sometimes, sometimes, I believe the one about resistance. It looks like Emily does too. Still attached to FreeGaza twitter texts, I have just followed a link to discover 21 year old Jewish-American Emily, whose eye the Israeli army removed with a tear gas cannister last month, singing the cheerfulest blues I’ve heard in a long time about the whole thing, on her own blog, Thirsty Pixels. Continue reading

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Gaza Freedom Flotilla: This is who we lost

Killed: Cengiz Akyüz, 41, with a surviving daughter

Lawrence of Cyberia has rounded some pictures and a handful of sentences about those who Israel killed when they attacked the Freedom Flotilla. This is who we lost. Lawrence also contrasted Israel’s pictures of “weapons” found on the Mavi Marmara with “Picture of weapons found during a cursory search of my kitchen and basement.” Sums it up perfectly.

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July 2: All decommissioners NOT GUILTY!

Smash EDO Press Release: 2 July 11am

Press Contact: Andrew Beckett or Simon Marsh

07526557436, 07722953180

Hove Crown Court, Brighton UK

Final two Decommissioners Found NOT GUILTY!

The jury in the trial of seven activists who decommissioned a Brighton arms factory to prevent Israel war crimes in Gaza in January 2009, have now found all seven activists not guilty of Conspiracy to Cause Criminal Damage by unanimous verdict in Hove Crown Court. Continue reading

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UK decommisioners: Verdict soon…

From the Smash EDO anti-militarist Campaign in Brighton, UK:

The trial of eight anti-war activists, who decommissioned a Brighton weapons factory (EDO MBM) during the Israeli attacks on Gaza in 2009, is drawing to a close. The jury is expected to be sent out early this week (Starting June 27th) after closing speeches.

The first half of the trial saw the managing director of EDO MBM/ITT Paul Hills quizzed on the stand for five and half days about his company’s role in arming the Israeli Air force and his alleged complicity in war crimes. Continue reading

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Freedom Flotilla: From the other side

Originally posted as an author guest post at

On Sunday evening, May 30th, at 10.30pm, I was in bed reading. In bed with me was my mobile phone; it had taken me several days to understand how Twitter worked and set it up so I could receive FreeGaza flotilla updates, but I’d finally achieved it. Earlier in the day I’d spoken at a Transition Town event locally, taking advantage of a crowd to ask for people to do the same, to go online that night and witness the journey of the Freedom Flotilla, with a particular concern for 8am Monday morning when the boats would reach Gaza waters. When the Israeli navy had rammed and stolen FreeGaza boats in the past, it had waited until Gaza waters, daily occupied by its gunboats which weekly kill, injure and kidnap Gaza fishermen.

So as the twitter texts had several times announced good progress in international waters that evening, I thought that perhaps we would all get some sleep tonight, even the people on the flotilla. When I journeyed on FreeGaza missions one and four, two of the five trips that successfully reached Gaza, I’d managed to doze a little myself – they may have been two of the most exciting nights of my life, but by the time we made it onto our beautiful boats, after the weeks, months, years of work, we were knackered! Continue reading

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“Please don’t attack”: smuggled footage

From Democracy Now: The Images Israel didn’t want seen – Video and Photographs from the Gaza-bound Aid Convoy

In the wake of the commando raid that left nine dead, the Israeli government confiscated every recording and communication device it could find–thus allowing the state to control what the world learned about the assault. Continue reading

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