The Freedom Flotilla Coalition is sailing in a peaceful effort to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza and for the ideals of freedom of movement and the right to a decent future. This is the third of several articles I will post reporting on my time in Spain volunteering to help on the Freedom Flotilla Coalition to Palestine’s Gaza. Take a look at my first two articles in this series here and here.
This article covers the flotilla’s time in the Spanish city of Cádiz, considered to be the oldest inhabited city in Europe. Thank you again for all who supported my trip through donations!
The flotilla is currently stopping in ports for different events along the way and raising awareness. You can follow the progress of the flotilla here.
Zohar Chamberlain Regev is an impressive Israeli citizen who was born and raised in Kibbutz Kfar Hahoresh, near Nazareth. Zohar is the owner of the famous ‘Women’s Boat to Gaza’ known as the Zaytouna-Oliva that was seized in 2016 and still the object of court proceedings in Israel. Currently, she represents the Rumbo a Gaza organization on the “Right to a Just Future for Palestine” Steering Committee and is the Freedom Flotilla’s boat leader on board Al Awda (The Return).
David Heap is a member of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition in Canada who speaks fluent Spanish and in the photo above was explaining to the press about the flotilla’s trouble in Paris. The “locks” in Paris should have taken 20 minutes to get through but authorities in Paris went through all of their documents on both boats and gave them fines. They were instructed not to have banners and forbidden to moor their boats.
Also, the former Palestinian Ambassador to France and the EU was there and an X minister of the Socialist party and Government Minister Jack Lang were waiting to meet us. As Heap explained, “Three “zodiacs” kept us from mooring there and pushed us upstream to the locks in Paris and forced us to leave on Sunday. So, this is the French Government”.