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. The coalition sought volunteer ground crew and I decided to go to Spain to help. This is the first of several articles I will post reporting on my time in Spain volunteering to help on the Freedom Flotilla Coalition to Gaza. The photo essay and videos in this article are from the time I arrived at the Flotilla when it was ported in Gijon, Spain.
Thank you again for all who supported my trip through donations!
Here is my Facebook Livestream recorded as I was arriving in Gijon and at the dock of the Flotilla:
Gijon Spain 🇪🇸 going to see Flotilla docked
Posted by Cat Watters on Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Zohar Chamberlain Regev is an impressive Israeli citizen who was born and raised in Kibbutz Kfar Hahoresh, near Nazareth. She has lived in Spain for the last 14 years and participated in the coordination of Rumbo a Gaza, the Spanish component of the Freedom Flotilla, since 2012. 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). A quote from Zohar:
“As a human being first of all, but also as an Israeli of Jewish origin, I am appalled by what is being done by Israel in Palestine in general and in Gaza in particular. We have always been told ‘how could the world be silent during the Holocaust’, now we know how…we have to stand by our Palestinian sisters and brothers in Gaza to save our own humanity. As an amputee, I can only begin to imagine what it is like for people in Gaza who have lost their limbs in the brutal attacks and are still waiting to be fitted with prosthetic limbs, as one of the many consequences of the illegal Israeli blockade.”
For more pics see my photo set on Facebook.
And finally, here is the livestream of my departure:
Leaving Gijon Spain port for Lisbon port by the 19th
Posted by Cat Watters on Saturday, June 16, 2018