Sunday, August 23, 2009

URGENT Appeal For The People Of GAZA

A Ramadan Appeal for all People of Conscience
in the World
Support Justice in Palestine this Ramadan
Please Give To

“Your Lord is He Who speeds the ships for you in the sea that you may seek of
His grace; surely He is ever Merciful to you” (Qur'an 17:66)
"Those who give to charity night and day, secretly and publicly, receive their
recompense from their Lord; they will have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve”
(Qur'an 2:274)

Dear Friends of Palestine,

Inshallah, this appeal finds you and your families in the very best of
circumstances. Sadly, not all of our brothers and sisters in the world share this
good fortune. The Palestinian people continue to live under a cruel occupation
regime, subjected to merciless Israeli policies designed to ethnically cleanse
Palestine of her people. The situation is especially dire in Gaza, where Israel has
imposed a brutal siege that is denying 1.5 million Palestinians basic food,
medicine, and the freedoms that we take for granted.

More than simple charity, the Palestinian people need our solidarity and political
action. They need us to challenge the policies that leave them in need of
humanitarian aid. This Ramadan make zakat and fitra to the Free Gaza
Movement to purchase cargo and passenger ships in order to break the Israeli
siege of Gaza. Please organize at least one Iftar dinner for Free Gaza, and
please give generously.

Over the last year, the Free Gaza Strip by organizing eight sea missions to Gaza.
In spite of Israel’s naval blockade we successfully arrived in Gaza Port on five
separate occasions, bringing in dozens of journalists, human rights workers,
parliamentarians and other concerned people. We took out dozens of Palestinian
students and medical patients, and helped to reunite families separated by the
siege. Ours remain the only ships to sail to Gaza in over forty‐two years.
It’s not enough.

The sacrifices of the Palestinian people for the last 61 years must not be
forgotten. Israel's 22‐day assault on the Gaza Strip last December & January
killed over 1400 Palestinians and destroyed thousands of homes, schools,
mosques and hospitals, leaving thousands of Gaza’s Palestinians living in rubble.
Maintaining the Gaza siege after these attacks and denying Palestinians the right
to rebuild their lives is part of a continuing Israeli campaign against all of

On 30 June 2009 Israel hijacked our boat, the Spirit of Humanity, as it was on its
way to Gaza, arresting the 21 human rights volunteers on board. However, we
are not backing down. We will never back down. Now, more than ever, it’s critical
to continue these missions and demonstrate the power of the international
civilian community to stand up to cruelty, human rights abuses, and oppression.
We have reformulated our strategy. We are now organizing to return in bigger
numbers and with bigger force. Your support is essential to the success of the
next sea challenge to Israel’s brutal blockade.

"The landing of two wooden boats carrying human rights activists in Gaza is an
important symbolic victory ... Above all, what is being tested is whether the
imaginative engagement of dedicated private citizens can influence the struggle
of a beleaguered people for basic human rights, and whether their courage and
commitment can awaken the conscience of humanity to an unfolding tragedy."
Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the OPT

(1) DONATE. You have donated generously to us in the past. We need you to do
it again. Donate in support of civil resistance and people to people solidarity.
Please consider making a donation of $500 (€500 or £500) and asking 9 friends
to do the same. Go to:
Please do it now.

(2) FUNDRAISE. Plan a fundraiser in your home or community. Hold an Iftar
dinner for Free Gaza this Ramadan. A dinner, Ramadan’s Sweet Bazaar, or
other event could be a great way to get your friends and family more involved in
our efforts, while contributing to our goal of confronting the Israeli siege until it

(3) EDUCATE. We have volunteers in various countries that might be available to
come speak at your school, university or other venue about their experiences in
Gaza, the horrifying effects of Israel’s illegal blockade, and what the Free Gaza
Movement is doing to break the siege. Consider hosting an event or a speaking
tour for the Free Gaza Movement. For help in doing this, please contact us

(4) OUTREACH. We would like to get celebrities, dignitaries, and community
leaders to join our next mission in order to draw more attention to the dire
situation in Gaza and the need for immediate action. If you have contact to a
public personality, please ask them to lend their voice and presence to this
nonviolent action in defense of human rights. If someone is not able to physically
be on our boat, ask him or her for a statement or letter of endorsement.

(5) VOLUNTEER FOR ACTION. We need volunteers to help us with research,
writing, local outreach & organizing in your community, website maintenance,
graphic design, and much much more. If you are interested in volunteering with
the Free Gaza Movement, please contact us at volunteer[at]
We are asking for your zakat and fitra this Ramadan, but not as simple charity ‐
we're asking for zakat as political action. Palestine does not need charity.
Palestine is not a poor country, and Palestinians are not a poor people. They are
being forced into poverty.

The people of Gaza are being collectively punished by Israel for the “crime” of
being Palestinian. This is unacceptable. We believe that it’s our collective
responsibility and take direct action to end this unjust siege, and we are asking
for your help and participation. Thank you for your consideration. Ramadan
Mubarak! Ramadan Kareem!

Peace be with all our sisters and brothers in the world.
“And why should ye not fight in the cause of God and of those who, being weak,
are ill-treated (and oppressed)?—men, women, and children, whose cry is: ‘Our
Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us
from Thee one who will protect; and raise for us from Thee one who will help!’”
(Qur’an 4:75)

For more information and to donate, please visit
F.G. Human Rights Projects, LTD (The Free Gaza Movement)
Cyprus Registered Charity # HE 246993
122 Athalassis Avenue, POB 28779
2082 Nicosia, Cyprus
Bank Information
Account name: F.G. Human Rights Projects Ltd
122 Athalassis Avenue, POB 28779
2082 Nicosia, Cyprus
Bank Name: Bank of Cyprus Public Company Ltd
International Business Unit, Nicosia, Cyprus
EURO Account
Account number: 0155-01-096552-00
IBAN: CY06 0020 0155 0000 0001 0965 5200
US Dollar Account
Account number: 0155-40-768398-06
IBAN: CY04 0020 0155 0000 0040 7683 9806
UK Pound Account
Account number: 0155-40-768401-01
IBAN: CY90 0020 0155 0000 0040 7684 0101

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