Palestinian Fishermen Stage Nautical Protest

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Dr Jamal Al-Khodari the head of the Committee for Lifting the Siege on Gaza, alongside members of the Fishermen's Union at Protest

Palestinian fishermen have taken part in a nautical protest against the restrictions placed on them by Israel. Hundreds of fishermen and activists took part in the demonstration which saw boats stretching hundreds of metres out to sea.

Although the international norm for territorial waters is 12 nautical miles, Israel imposed a three mile limit on Palestinian fishermen as part of its siege and blockade of the Gaza Strip. That limit was supposed to have been eased to six miles as part of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinian government in Gaza after the Israelis’ offensive against the territory in November. The new reduction back to three miles was imposed after claims that a rocket was fired from Gaza during Barack Obama’s visit to Israel last month.

Speaking after the demonstration, the head of the Committee for Lifting the Siege on Gaza, Dr Jamal Al-Khodari, accused Israel of violating international human rights conventions with its siege, which amounts to collective punishment on the civilian population. “And that,” he added, “is a crime against humanity.”

Israel has arrested 44 fishermen and seized eight vessels since signing the ceasefire agreement in November.

Dr Al-Khodari noted that Israel has arrested 44 fishermen and seized eight vessels since signing the ceasefire agreement in November.

MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad

Irish Friends of Palestine Delegation November 2012 held meetings with Fishermen in Gaza and also met with their Union leaders. flowing from those meetings we have set up a working group to supoport the fishermen. We have now taken a report from these fishermen directly to the Irish Government. A successful cross party briefing to the Irish Parliament was held last month by Irish Friends of Palestine Delegates. Read about the briefing HERE

Irish Friends of Palestine will continue to work for the rights of fishermen in Gaza.

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