Free Gaza - again!

IssueDecember 2008 - January 2009
News by David Polden

The Free Gaza Movement has broken the siege of Gaza twice since the last issue of PN.

On 29 October, the SS Dignity, carrying 27 people from 13 countries, including member of the Palestinian legislative council Mustapha Barghouti, Israeli peace activist Gideon Spiro and Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire, landed with 500kg of medicine.

Then on 8 November, the Dignity landed with 11 journalists, human rights and peace activists and 12 European parliamentarians, including former development secretary Clare Short and Labour peer lord Ahmed.

At the time of going to press, Israel was still holding three internationals Andrew Muncie, Vittorio Arrigoni and Darlene Wallach. They were kidnapped at sea with fishermen who were later released.