Let Gaza live.

July 13, 2010

Gaza Palestinian Fatma Sharif wants to get a Masters degree in Human Rights.  Unfortunately, the Israeli government won’t let her.

As with many other Gazans, the Israeli government has barred Ms. Sharif from leaving Gaza to attend Birzeit University in the West Bank.  The Israeli High Court affirmed the decision.

Will you stand up for Fatma Sharif and her freedom to learn?  Will you call on the Israeli government to let Gaza live?

Please click here.

It has been nearly a month since Israel announced changes to its Gaza blockade.  Unfortunately, these “new” policies still keep Gazans from living normal lives.

Israel still blocks Gaza businesses from directly accessing raw materials like cement and steel.  Israel still prevents Gazans from exporting their finished goods outside the territory.

No raw materials + no exports = closed factories = mass unemployment

That’s why Israel’s decision to let more consumer goods into Gaza is unlikely to have significant impact.  If you can’t get a job, you can’t earn the money necessary to purchase new products.

So long as Israel maintains its Gaza blockade, peace is but a dream.  And so long as U.S. taxpayers are forced to give Israel billions, U.S. policy must link those funds to an end to the Gaza blockade.

Please click here to show your support for Fatma Sharif and the 1.4 million Gaza Palestinians who still live under an Israeli blockade.

They deserve the freedom to live their lives – a first step towards meaningful peace.


Gaza Update: The MV Rachel Corrie

June 5, 2010

The Israeli government has stopped the MV Rachel Corrie, the latest ship to challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza.  The crew was unharmed.

However, the damage to the Gaza blockade has been done.

A chorus of international voices — including prominent world leaders — are now calling for an end to the current blockade.  It is a triumph of international solidarity and civil disobedience against a deeply immoral policy.  Even more ships are expected to challenge the Israeli blockade in the days ahead.

The real question now is what the future holds for Gaza.

Will Gaza Palestinians be allowed live normal lives, in an economy that facilitates employment, opportunity, and freedom?  Or will they be forced by Israel and Egypt to continue to live on humanitarian aid from the international community — under a repackaged blockade that is still just as offensive to the human spirit?

In the days ahead, Freedom Forward will continue our efforts to advocate for a meaningful peace that is fair to all of the people of the region — including Gaza.  We will need your support and involvement.  Thank you for joining us in this campaign.


The next ships to Gaza.

June 2, 2010

The Israeli blockade of Gaza has denied 1.4 million Palestinians access to everything from basic food to crayons.  It is difficult to imagine a long-term regional peace so long as so many people continue to suffer.

That’s why brave activists are challenging the Israeli blockade by bringing humanitarian supplies to Gaza by sea.

Will you show your support?

Two more ships are expected to cross the Israeli blockade at any moment.   One of these ships is the MV Rachel Corrie.

The ship is named after an American activist who was killed in 2003 when she was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer that was about to demolish a Palestinian home.

The ship’s crewmembers include former UN Assistant Secretary-General Denis Halliday and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire, an Irish peace activist.

Will you join them?  Will you stand in solidarity with the MV Rachel Corrie?

Click here to publicly show your support.

This is a rare moment in international politics.  Diplomats, government officials, and leading newspapers are now calling for an end to the Israeli blockade.

Meanwhile, 1.4 million Palestinians in Gaza continue to suffer under extreme hardship.

One year ago, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said the following:

“I understand even paper and crayons are treated as “security hazards” and not permitted to enter Gaza. I sought an explanation for this policy in Israel, but did not receive a satisfactory answer – because there is none.”

One month ago, the Israeli reporter Amira Hass revealed even more details of Israel’s blockade:

“Israel prohibits the import into the Gaza Strip of items such as cilantro, sage, jam, chocolate, french fries, dried fruit, fabrics, notebooks, empty flowerpots, and toys.”

It is time to end this blockade and begin the path to peace.   Please show your support for the MV Rachel Corrie.

Sign the Statement of Solidarity.


WP: “Carter Decries Gaza Curbs, Asks Israel to Halt ‘Abuse'”

June 17, 2009

By Howard Schneider
Washington Post Foreign News
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

JERUSALEM, June 16 — Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were being treated “more like animals than human beings” by Israeli rules that have limited travel, banned the import of all but basic goods and prevented reconstruction since a three-week war ended earlier this year.

“Never before in history has a large community been savaged by bombs and missiles and then deprived of the means to repair itself,” he said.

Full article @ The Washington Post


BBC Photos: “Gaza’s new mud homes”

May 27, 2009

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From BBC:  “Gazans have begun building with mud.  Under Israel’s blockade, building materials cannot enter the Strip, leaving the owners of several thousand homes destroyed in the recent conflict unable to rebuild.”


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