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Just Future For Palestine Flotilla

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The Just Future for Palestine Flotilla, also known as the JFP Flotilla and the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, was a 2018 campaign by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition to challenge the Israeli-Egyptian-Palestinian naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. The flotilla consisted of two ships Al Awda (The Return) and Freedom and two yachts Mairead and Falestine.

Preparing to sail to Gaza[edit]

Al Awda and Freedom sailed from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean Sea via European canals and river, while the Mairead and Falestine sailed alongside Africa along the Atlantic coast. In late July 2018, the flotilla converged in the Mediterranean near Sicily for the final leg of their journey to Gaza. Then due to mechanical and crewing issues, Mairead and Falestine were forced to pull out of the flotilla.[1][2]

Sailing to Gaza[edit]

Al Awda and Freedom left Palermo, Sicily on 22 July 2018 for their final leg to Gaza. Al Awda had 22 on board including crew, medical volunteers, activist and journalist, Freedom had 12 crew medical volunteers, activist and journalist none of which Israel wished to reach Gaza, much of the ships cargo were reportedly 114 boxes of medical supplies including sterile gauze and sutures.

On 29 July and 3 August 2018, both ships Al Awda and Freedom were boarded and seized by the Israeli Navy. All personnel were arrested, while some reported being tasered, attacked and beaten by Israeli military personnel. Most of the participants were detained by the Israeli authorities and subsequently deported to their home countries.[2][3][4][5]

Goals and objectives[edit]

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition launched the Just Future for Palestine Flotilla to challenge the Israeli-Egyptian-Palestinian naval blockade of Gaza. This campaign emphasized Palestinian freedom of movement and their "right of return." The Coalition also supports the goals of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign:

  1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;
  2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
  3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.[1]

Participants[edit]

Al Awda crew and participants[edit]

State Personality Status
 Israel Zohar Chamberlain Regev Freedom Flotilla Coalition activist and boat leader of the Al Awda.[6]
 Norway Gerd von der Lipp Freedom Flotilla Coalition activist, professor, journalist.[2]
 Malaysia Dr. Mohd Afandi Salleh Professor.[2]
 Norway Herman Reksten Sailor and Captain of the Al Awda.[7]
 Sweden Charlie Andreasson Human rights and Palestinian solidarity activist.[8]
 Israel Yonatan Shapira Retired captain and pilot in the Israeli Air Force.[9]
 Norway Mikkel Grüner Norwegian Socialist Left Party politician.[10]
 Sweden Charles Andreasson Human rights and Palestinian solidarity activist.[11]
 Israel Yonatan Shapira Retired captain and pilot in the Israeli Air Force.[12]
 Norway Mikkel Grüner Norwegian Socialist Left Party politician.[13]
 Norway Jørgen Pedersen Chef and Palestinian solidarity activist.[14]
 Norway Jan Petter Hammervold Building engineer and board member of Ship to Gaza Norway.[15]
 Norway Arne Birger Heli Ship's mechanic for the Al Awda and Palestinian solidarity activist.[16]
 Sweden Divina Levrini Singer and human rights activist.[17]
 Canada Larry Commodore Indigenous activist from the Sto:lo Nation.[18]
 New Zealand Mike Treen Trade unionist and left-wing activist.[19]
 Spain Lucía Mazarrasa Alvear Nurse and retired academic.[20]
 United States Joe Meadors Retired US Navy signalman and President of the USS Liberty Veterans Association.[21]
 France Sarah Katz Demographer, retired researcher at the CNRS, and BDS activist.[22]
 Australia Chris Graham Journalist and editor of the New Matilda.[23]
 United Kingdom Dr Swee Chai Ang Orthopaedic surgeon and Palestinian solidarity activist.[24]
 Singapore Jason Soo Artist and filmmaker. [25]
 Spain Emilia Nacher Verdaguer Human rights activist, nurse, and lifeguard.[26]
 Qatar Merouane Metidji Al Jazeera journalist.[2]
Unknown Abdelmounim Elamrani Al Jazeera journalist. [2]
Sources: 35 Boats Challenge Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza in Ten Years-2008 through 2018; Just Future for Palestine participants

Freedom crew and participants[edit]

State Personality Status
 Canada John Turnbull Captain of the Freedom and activist.[27]
 Spain Francisco Canales Bio-constructor and councillor. [28]
 Germany Anna Dressler Ship to Gaza Sweden activist. [29]
 Sweden Ferry Sarpooshan Engineer and Ship to Gaza Sweden activist. [30]
 Sweden Tobbe Larson Teacher, electrician, and Ship to Gaza Sweden activist. [31]
 Sweden Ellen Hansson Musician, student, and Ship to Gaza Sweden activist. [32]
 Sweden My Leffer Ship to Gaza Sweden activist. [33]
 Sweden Carl-Rober Staiger Ship to Gaza Sweden activist. [34]
 France Pascal Maurieras Activist.[35]
 Sweden Karin Sanfridson Unknown.[2]
 United Kingdom Ian Diez Young Unknown. [2]
 United Kingdom Richard Sudan Writer, political activist, and poet.[36]
 Palestine Youssef Sammour Palestinian-New Zealander.[37]
 Canada Karen Devito Writer, editor, and activist. [38]
Sources: 35 Boats Challenge Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza in Ten Years-2008 through 2018; Just Future for Palestine participants

Ships[edit]

Organizations partners[edit]

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition–aligned campaigns and groups participating in the JFP Flotilla have included the Ship to Gaza Norway, Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Freedom Flotilla, the South African Palestine Solidarity Alliance, the Spanish Rumbo a Gaza, Ship to Gaza Sweden, the International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza, US Boat to Gaza, the New Zealand-based Kia Ora Gaza, MyCARE Malaysia, IHH Turkey, the French-based National Collective for Palestine and Platform of NGOs for Palestine, and the Australian Gaza Freedom Flotilla.[1]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Frequently Asked Questions". Right to a Just Future for Palestine. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  2. "Unite Union leader Mike Treen reportedly tasered repeatedly by Israeli military". New Zealand Herald. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  3. "Israel seizes boat trying to break Gaza blockade". The Times of Israel. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  4. Holmes, Oliver. "This article is more than 9 months old Claims of violence as Israel deports crew of Gaza aid vessel". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  5. "Zohar Chamberlain Regev (Israel)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  6. "Herman Reksten (Norway)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  7. "Charlie Andreasson (Sweden)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  8. "Yonatan Shapira (Israel)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  9. "Mikkel Grüner (Norway/Denmark)". Justice for Palestine flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  10. "Charlie Andreasson (Sweden)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  11. "Yonatan Shapira (Israel)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  12. "Mikkel Grüner (Norway/Denmark)". Justice for Palestine flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  13. "Jørgen Pedersen (Norway)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  14. "Jan Petter Hammervold (Norway)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  15. "Arne Birger Heli (Norway)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  16. "Divina Levrini (Sweden)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  17. "Larry Commodore (Stó:lō Nation/Canada)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  18. "Mike Treen (New Zealand/Aotearoa)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  19. "Lucía Mazarrasa Alvear (Spain)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  20. "Joe Meadors (USA)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  21. "Sarah Katz (France)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  22. "Chris Graham (Australia)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  23. "Dr. Swee Ang (UK)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  24. "Jason Koo". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
  25. "Emilia Nacher Verdaguer (Spain)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  26. "John Turnbull (Canada, sailing on Freedom)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
  27. "Francisco Canales (Spain, sailing on Freedom)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
  28. "Anna Dressler (Germany/Sweden, Sailing on Freedom)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
  29. "Ferry Sarpooshan (Sweden / Iran, Sailing on Freedom)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
  30. "Tobbe Larsson (Sweden, sailing on Freedom)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
  31. "Ellen Hansson (Sweden, sailing on Freedom)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
  32. "My Leffler (Sweden, Sailing on Freedom)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
  33. "Carl-Robert Staiger (Sweden, sailing on Freedom)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
  34. "Pascal Maurieras (France, sailing on Freedom)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  35. "Richard Sudan (UK, sailing on Freedom)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
  36. "Youssef Sammour (Sailing on the Freedom)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
  37. "Karen Devito (Canada, Sailing on the Freedom)". JFP Flotilla. Freedom Flotilla Coalition.


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