30 August 2010
'Irish Ship to Gaza' campaign launched in Dublin
SINN FÉIN TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews today attended the launch in Dublin of the public appeal for funds for the ‘Irish Ship to Gaza’ campaign.
The aim is to raise €100,000 to buy a ship to represent Ireland in the Freedom Flotilla 2, trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.
Fifty Irish activists will be on board the ship when it sails from the Mediterranean in late October.
This is an all-Ireland initiative, representing North and South.
Also at the launch were representatives of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Derry Friends of Palestine, Free Gaza Movement, Trade Union Friends of Palestine, Palestinian Rights Institute, and the Irish Anti-War Movement.
Both Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Chris Andrews tried to join the first Freedom Flotilla in Cyprus in May but were stopped by the Cypriot Government from boarding the ships. Israeli commandos later stormed one of the vessels, shooting dead nine people on board.
'Irish Ship to Gaza' Co-ordinator Dr Fintan Lane and Chairperson Sinead Mac Lochlainn said:
“With only weeks to go, we need your help if Ireland is to be represented in the next attempt to break the siege on Gaza.
“Please help us ensure that Ireland is fully represented in the Freedom Flotilla 2 to break the siege on Gaza by donating to the Irish Ship to Gaza fund below.”
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