Volunteers in Gaza


Today, I read that one of my cyclist friends has a relative, an eye surgeon, who is bravely going to Gaza today to help out in the hospitals.

“Dr. Ali Dabbagh, a resident of Dubai is joining the next Free Gaza Boat leaving Cyprus next Friday, 9th January 2009.
Ali: “As a doctor, Doing nothing is not an option, I cannot stand idly by and watch this on TV screens.”
Ali hopes to stay over and volunteer to work in one of the Gaza hospitals.”

Peace Cycle Director Laura Abraham described Ali’s decision to go to Gaza as courageous and inspirational, but admitted she was concerned for his safety. “I am worried, but I feel immensely proud of him. It’ll be hard to see so much devastation of land and people, but Ali is someone who is always looking for ways to help others and I wasn’t surprised when I heard he was going to Gaza. I am praying for his safety, along with everybody else on the trip and of course, for all the people of Gaza.”

He will be joining a group from http://www.freegaza.org:-

This is a little more about their organisation:

Mission Statement
We want to break the siege of Gaza. We want to raise international awareness about the prison-like closure of the Gaza Strip and pressure the international community to review its sanctions policy and end its support for continued Israeli occupation. We want to uphold Palestine’s right to welcome internationals as visitors, human rights observers, humanitarian aid workers, journalists, or otherwise.

Who are we?
We are these human rights observers, aid workers, and journalists. We have years of experience volunteering in Gaza and the West Bank at the invitation of Palestinians. But now, because of the increasing stranglehold of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, many of us find it almost impossible to enter Gaza, and an increasing number have been refused entry to Israel and the West Bank as well. Despite the great need for our work, the Israeli Government will not allow us in to do it.

We are of all ages and backgrounds. Back home, we are teachers, doctors, nurses, engineers, truck drivers, youth workers, musicians, secretaries, parents, grandparents, lawyers, students, activists, actors, playwrights, politicians, web designers, authors, international training consultants, and we even include a former Hollywood film industry worker, a former Marine, an aviator, and an explorer. We are Italian, Irish, Canadian, Greek, Tunisian, German, Australian, American, English, Scottish, Danish, Israeli, and Palestinian.

Points of Unity
All participants in the Free Gaza Movement accept the following principles and practices:

1. We respect the human rights of everyone, regardless of race, tribe, religion, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship or language.

2. The lawful inhabitants of all territories occupied by Israel since June 5, 1967 must have unimpeded access to international waters and air space, in conformity with all UN resolutions and international law.

3. The lawful inhabitants of all territories occupied by Israel since June 5, 1967 have the right to control all entry and exit to and from those territories without Israeli interference.

4. Israel must withdraw its military presence from all territories occupied since June 5, 1967 and revoke all legislation, regulations, directives and practices that apply differently to different populations living in those territories.

5. Israel must demolish all barriers built to restrict passage in all territories occupied by Israel since June 5, 1967.

6. We recognize the right of all Palestinian refugees and exiles and their heirs to return to their homes in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories; to recover their properties, and to receive compensation for damage, dispossession and unlawful use of such property. This is an individual and not a collective right, and cannot be negotiated except by the individual.

7. We agree to adhere to the principles of nonviolence and nonviolent resistance in word and deed at all times.”

We wish him the very best of luck.

For sanctions against Isreal email the Prime Minister on

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Israel-Sanctions/

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Introduce
sanctions against Israel.

This is a recent video from sent to the Guardian from the International Solidarity Movement:

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