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Follow the Estelle Ship to Gaza

October 9, 2012 1 comment

Posted on October 8, 2012 by Akashma Online News

by Marivel Guzman

Follow the Estelle Freedom Boat sailing now to Gaza. We call to all the leaders of the world to take a stand for justice, truth and peace. Israel has placed an illegal blockade in Gaza Palestine with the excuse to stop weapons to enter the besieged Gaza Port.  We wonder who stop Israel from manufacturing weapons of all calibers even nuclear weapons. Who has an eye on Israel?, Why the UN stay silence on the issue of the illegality of the Blockade and why does not take measures to enforce the Resolutions against Israel.
Please Stand for what is right. Now is the time to take a stand for Justice. Palestine need the voices of all the world to end once and for all the Apartheid Entity that has ravaged the land and the lives of millions Palestinians.

Please activists of peace, all the people that belong to the Solidarity Movement do not forget the Mavi Marmara. More than 2 years and justice has not been brought to the victims of that massacre. Keep raising your voices, do not allow tricks, and minus controversies to take away your attention from Palestine. Every time that there is a mission in the making someone from somewhere start a rumor of no importance what so ever to derail the mission. All Palestinians supporters unite in one voice.

Remember Vittorio Arrigoni, Rachel Corrie and the Palestinian Martyrs every time you read the news and you see nothing about Israel crimes in Palestine, it is our moral duty to make the news for Palestine. Every computer it is weapon against the silence.
Hasbaras get paid to create rumors, don’t give attention to them. We already know those tactics, please do not follow it. If you are Palestinian lover, supporter of Justice and peace leave personal vendettas out of the movement.

Gaza situation is unsustainable and needs to be open to the world. Voluntarism is a moral duty that we all humans feel the necessity to express, we have no obligation but only the love for our fellow human family. From my part I send my gratitude and thanks to all the peace activists that leave the comfort of they everyday life to participate in this global effort to free Gaza.

On Sunday , 2012 The Estelle Ship sailed out from Naples to Gaza, Palestine destination. Against all the odds, that the Boat faces, the crew is optimist that this time, they will brake the illegal Israel blockade of Gaza, that has been in place since  2007 with the silence of the leaders of the world, and the grin of the UN block.
A demonstration that assembled several hundred participants marched through the central parts of the city and then collected in the port where Estelle loaded the last items and completed the last paperwork. An unparallelled atmosphere of festivity reigned, and people danced, sang and cheered uninterruptedly. When the Italian harbor board let us load the 300 footballs that had been stored in Athens for the last year the enthusiasm knew no bounds.

In spite of Israeli pressure to stop Estelle from leaving the port the Italian authorities remained unmovable.
On the previous days the Israel prime Minister trying to bully the Free Gaza voyagers issued an statement on their media.

Reports in the Israeli media refer to a statement from Israel’s Foreign Ministry that Israel has been in touch with the governments that have passengers on board the Estelle. It makes the point that no ship is going to be allowed to approach Gaza. The statement does not define what the word “approach” should be taken to mean. As the Estelle is currently in Italy, the statement can be interpreted as a threat to free movement within the EU. Ship to Gaza is protesting against that threat and is expecting the EU governments to do the same. Ship To Gaza 

During the days in Naples the ship  protected at all the times. The lessons from the other flotillas still fresh. No saboteurs had found their way to the schooner, but loads of enthusiastic sympathizers did. That Estelle now made out for the last stretch of the 5000 nautic miles from the start in the Baltic Sea does of course not mean that we have reached our goal. The blockade is still there. But the resistance is growing, every hour, every day, every week.

The Estelle  crew is composed of people of different nationalities, Swedes, Norwegians, Finns and Israelis, had stated Dror Feiler on of the spokesmen of The Freedom Flotilla: “This is not an action against the Israeli people, but it is a complaint to the policies of their government”. Gold World Italy

“The entire crew focuses on the failure of the institutions and the international community, which have played an insignificant and marginal in an attempt to solve the problem, merely a “quiet diplomacy”. Dror Feiler said also, “how did this project and what caused them to react: “During and after the attacks on Gaza in 2008 and 2009,  some people in Stockholm, speaking of these events in a small apartment, about six to eight people , decided it was time to stop signing petitions,  and the protests in Sweden, it was time to give up  writing articles and make the event,  the time had come to act, and so we decided to start our project starting to Gaza. ” The crew is determined to complete his expedition, but will not respond to any kind of provocation, we are prepared to face any kind of situation only through the use of nonviolent methods.”

Naples was the last stop on the mainland before heading to the Gaza blockade. The ship left the port on Sunday afternoon while dozens of people greeted the crew and sang songs, while Dror Feiler,  accompanied The Estelle farewell with his saxophone.

The Estelle is an old boat reconstructed ready to sail again thanks to donations from Palestinian’s lovers around the world.
attraverso l’uso di metodi nonviolenti.

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International Community of Activists-Heros? No! Just Humans PM


Posted on May 05, 2011 by Marivel Guzman From US and Omar Karem from Gaza, Palestine

We wanted to make an article where we can present you some of the most outstanding Social and Peace Activist that we know of it, we do not want to write about Malcom X, Dr Martin Luther King, Mandela, Che or others that history have already given merit to their activities. We will give you some names that probably you recognize, because they are in your facebook friend list, or because you have the pleasure to know. We wanted to make one article but only the first Activist has taken more than few pages and his long career as an activist is so full of important information that we have to dedicate this article exclusively for him.
His name is Patrick MacManus he is the founder of Rebellion-Denmark an organization that Since its founding in early 2004, the Danish association Opror (‘Rebellion’) has sought to defy both national anti-terrorism legislation and the political paradigm underlying the so called ‘war on terror’. All under the principles of Rights to Speak, Dissident Voices and Right to choose.

The proscription of organisations through ‘terrorist lists’ can only contribute to the
marginalization of social and political movements, excluding them from an international
political and moral dialogue, which in itself is a necessary step towards a negotiated
political resolution of those conflicts of which they are a part. 

Rebellion
Patrick MacManus Ordeal on 2010

Six-month suspended jail district court gave to the spokesman for the Association Rebellion, Patrick MacManus. He was convicted of “having attempted” to support the PFLP(Popular Front For The Liberation of Palestine) and FARC (Revolutionary Arms Forces of Colombia) financially, but the relatively mild sentence must mean that parliament should go terror legislation through with comb, believes defender.

You read right “having attempted”,  not crime was committed. This type of Judiciary behavior, “minority report style” has been used since the terrible events of 911. All the countries included in the Allies of the Willing as they called themselves, went in a rampage of arrests around the globe. Individuals and organizations that were non sympathetic of Israel and friendly of Palestine they all got their offices closed, their funds and assets frozen and many of the activists and head of these organizations or are in jail serving an invisible or invented crime that seems only to benefit Israel and their Apartheid System. Patrick MacManus is an old school activist.

You might recognize his face he is a facebook activist, some news have pop up in facebook of his disappearance, other comments says that he is sound and safe in Denmark, other says that he is being arrested by Israel Police. I m adding his facebook profile to follow up. Patrick MacManus

His blog was updated on April 2, 2011Israel: Laws of Hatred

The 65-year-old Patrick Mac Manus from Rebellion was yesterday in City Court sentenced to six months' imprisonment for financial support to terrorist movements. Photo: Casper Christoffersen / Scanpix

“My perception is that people are one people on earth, across all borders. It has always been important that we mutually support each other where we were now in a fight for better conditions. It is called international solidarity, and power have always considered armed resistance as terrorism. This also happened in Denmark during the occupation,” Patrick MacManus said.

“Personally I am glad that it’s me who gets cited, and not a youth of 20 years, where it could create problems for his career,” says 65-year-old MacManus.

On October 13, 2004 Patrick wrote an article on Israel Promise Withdrawal of her Settlements and Military personal from Gaza and seems that Patrick was very close to the events to developed in the then occupied Gaza, 7 years later we read his article and seems that he foretold the future of the now besieged Gaza.

“An Israeli withdrawal from Gaza can be compared to apartheid evacuation of Namibia in 1989. Even then pulled yourself back to its core area to its proper territory and its so-called homelands. A related model seems to hover on the Israeli political management. The Palestinian population refers to disadvantaged enclaves filled with misfortune, pain and desperation, left to an illusory and corrupt self-rule.

Increasing fragmentation through settlements, security zones and road systems makes a sustainable polity impossible here The Israeli policy may eventually cause the disaster which we most fear. State’s downfall in its current form. It undermines the two-state solution but the international community still sees as a realistic perspective.

Instead toner South Africa might again be A country where different people with painful story now united in a democratic and secular unitary state. Morally unacceptable violence will continue until the second road opens. Attacks against military and security installations and personnel against fortified settlements which the separation between civil and military organization is lifted. But also forms of resistance that is morally unacceptable when the militarily inferior party uses his own body as a weapon and brings death and mutilation with him. The weakening of the secular factions in the Palestinian resistance and prevalence of Islamic interpretations and motives are in themselves an expression of desperate conditions. Occupation and overwhelming force is the fundamental cause.

Depriving people the prospect of realistic change drives them into the religion’s illusions of deliverance through death, his own and others’. Heavy responsibility of the terrible reality that the Holocaust taboo represents has a critical approach to the Israeli state policy. This abuse of the victims must not impair the memory of them and on Europe’s responsibility for their terrible fate Nor should we forget Naqba, the ‘catastrophe’ that befell the Palestinian people. Also for these victims for their expulsion and their death is a heavy European responsibility to bear. Colonial Powers promises and broken promises and future extreme European nationalism underlies both the Israeli statehood and Palestinian catastrophe. The solution is perhaps a new democratic and multicultural inclusiveness, which breaks with the past and present disaster. A democratic and secular state, which is integrated in the political, cultural landscape as it has grudgingly been a part of. After the conflict comes reconciliation, even reluctantly, a precarious peace, who bear the future in him” Patrick MacNamus writing for Information A widely known Danish Online Newspaper.

Patrick MacManus is one of the Editor of the Book At the End of the Rainbow, it the story of the Africans Struggles during the Britain Apartheid System that incarcerated, tortured and killed so many Africans during the time the world was blind to their plight.

South African identity is a historical paradox. On the one hand, South African identities have
been transformed time after time. Settlers and natives have been reinvented as Christians and
heathens, who in turn have been recreated as civilized and barbarians, then as Europeans and
Bantu, and later again as whites, coloreds, and blacks, who were recently transformed into
God’s own rainbow people. This just to mention a few of the identities that South Africans
have contracted.1 At any given point in time, however, these identities were seen by most
people as rather definitive, and until the end of apartheid, the white identity was regarded as a
superior biological heritage and protected by laws that prohibited cross-racial breeding.2

Palestine is another Apartheid State with all the characteristics of “The End of the Rainbow”, but we have a different geography to play in here, the lands that the “Whites” occupied is small land and can not take more outsiders, those that came pretending to be the “Chosen Ones” came with different colors of the ones that left more than 2000 years ago.a
I like to make the mind to think, to analyze and sometimes I write some quotes, definitions, alternative meaning and sometimes riddles to tell that the story is not black and white, that the news are not as they are presented to you. When we have seen many sides of the history, then we can make an opinion, we can judge an action and even try to understand the motives, that is the harder part. Because in a story every side have their motives right or wrong depend in what side of the fence you are.

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