In May 2011, a flotilla will set sail to break the illegal and inhumane siege on Gaza.
Britain2Gaza will join with similar initiatives from over 20 other countries to bring together the largest seaborne mission – Freedom Flotilla 2.
Around 15 vessels will be sailing in the Freedom Flotilla 2 with more than 1000 on board including journalists, politicians, humanitarian aid workers, artists, and human rights activists.
Our aim is to raise international awareness of the illegal Israeli blockade on Gaza, and of the illegal occupation of Palestine. We aim to raise the right of the Palestinians to free movement and access of people and goods – by land, air and sea.
We are steadfast in solidarity with Palestinians, on a humanitarian peaceful mission to Gaza. The British government is failing in its duty to end Israel’s violations of international law, and end the siege on Gaza.
We, as civil society, are therefore presented with no other option but to act ourselves. We have a legal right under international law to break an illegal siege.
We remember the attack on the first Freedom Flotilla in May 2010, which resulted in the death of nine passengers on the Mavi Marmara and the wounding of over 50.
Any attempt made – political or military – to obstruct or prevent the arrival of the Freedom Flotilla in the port of Gaza is in violation of international law. We insist that the British government make every representation to prevent any such attempt, and to protect its citizens from any acts of illegality by the Israeli authorities.