My official endorsement (44) and support to the Women’s Boat to Gaza, an initiative under the International Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC), working to end the illegal Israeli siege of Gaza. As a photographer, journalist and writer I have witnessed the horror the Israeli siege on Gaza has lead to and actively engage in creating awareness to and fund projects that can lead to the end of the occupation.
The Freedom Flotilla Coalition campaigns participating in the Women’s Boat to Gaza include: Ship to Gaza-Sweden, Ship to Gaza-Norway, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Freedom Flotilla-Italy, Palestine Solidarity Alliance-South Africa, Rumbo a Gaza-Spain, International Committee to Break the Siege of Gaza, US Boat to Gaza, Kia Ora Gaza – New Zealand/Aotearoa and Free Gaza Australia.
Israel has occupied the Gaza Strip since 1967 and, as the occupying force, it is responsible for the well-being of the population within this territory. The current blockade has been imposed for ten years by Israel and Egypt, with support from many international governments. The blockade has imposed restrictions of movement on people and goods for more than a decade. By applying restrictive measures that affect the population as a whole, it violates International Humanitarian Law, including the Geneva Conventions, which prohibit collective punishment.