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Palestinian Fishermen “Return Our Boats!” (GAZA-DEMONSTRATION)

Posted by on Saturday, 2 March, 2013


DEMONSTRATION AT SEA SUNDAY 11AM. GAZA CAMPAIGN LAUNCH TO END ALL ATTACKS ON GAZA FISHERMEN AND RETURN 36 STOLEN FISHING BOATS

It was an honour to meet with the brave Gaza fishermen, their Union, and their local representatives during our most recent IFOP delegation November 2012. As part of our delegation we had several Irish fishermen traveling with us who took part in the Freedom Flotilla II as part of the Irish Ship to Gaza including the ships engineer. They wanted to meet their counterparts in Gaza. After a long meeting to discuss the problems facing Gaza fishermen, we were given a tour of the port and various fishing boats. Hearing directly from the Gaza fishermen about their personal hardships brought home the danger and brutality they face from fishing under fire and siege.

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Tomorrow Sunday 3rd of March at 11 am in the Gaza port we, the Union of Agricultural Workers Committees, Palestinian Fishermen and International Action for Palestine, invite you to a demonstration at sea. Fishermen from all over the Gaza Strip will take their boats and form a flotilla demonstration at the Gaza port. They will demand their rights to fish the Gaza sea without the threat of attack from Israeli Gunships and have their stolen 36 boats returned, some of which are believed to be kept in the Israeli port of Ashdod. They will then sail to Beit Lahiya, north of Gaza, with activists and members of the media on board.

Gaza fishermen will bring photos of their fishing boats that were attacked by Israeli Gunships and will describe their experience of having been abducted at sea, detained in Israel, interrogated and sometimes tortured before their eventual release with their boats impounded.

Zakaria Bakr, fisherman from Gaza City:

“In the last year 28 Hasakas (small boats with engines) and 8 boats without engines have been attacked and impounded by Israel, with all crew members arrested. In 90% of the attacks on the Hasakas their engines were blown up by gunfire or shelling. 9 boats have been taken since the ceasefire and all of them were within the 6 mile coastal limits imposed by Israel. In the whole year only 5 boats were returned. They were seriously damaged, with no nets, gps or functioning engine. Very few boats were taken before 2005, and the first time they bombed boats was in 2008. 39 boats in Khan Younis and 48 in Deir El Ballah were destroyed by Israeli bombardments during the 8 day sea and air bombings and shelling last November. Since early 2011, the violent attacks have increased, regularly injuring and killing fishermen out at sea through gunfire”

Mohammed Bakr, 25, describes how he, his cousin and his two teenage brothers were abducted while fishing on the 10th February during which their fourth and last boat was attacked and stolen:

“We were fishing at 5am and inside 3 miles we saw the navy coming. The Israelis on the Gunship ordered us to stop and they shot seven bullets to destroy our engine. At gunpoint they ordered us to take off our clothes and swim to their boat. We were cuffed and covered with a blanket with a hole for our mouths. We were freezing. While detained they shouted insults to us. They asked about our relatives and friends in good arabic, showed us our house in Gaza on a satellite photo and offered us money to spy for them. That was our last boat, after one had been shelled and two others were taken at sea. Now electricity for our home has been cut because we can’t afford to pay it. We were released but the last boat has gone, our livelihoods are finished.”

A UN OCHA report has estimated that fishermen are totally prevented from accessing the majority of maritime areas they are entitled to since 1994. Due to the restrictions enforced by the Israeli navy the number of active fishermen has dropped from approximately 10,000 in 2000 to around 3,500 today and over 65,000 people are directly affected by restrictions to maritime areas.

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Report-Gaza UNWRA Visit

Posted by on Wednesday, 23 January, 2013
Phil McCullough observes UNWRA food distribution area delivering sacks of  flour to local families in Refugee Camps

Phil McCullough observes UNWRA food distribution area delivering sacks of flour to local families in Refugee Camps

Phil McCullough is a lifelong Irish Republican Activist in West Belfast. A former political prisoner, Phil now does voluntary work with Coiste na nLarchimi. In 2011 he took part in the Freedom Flotilla II and was a passenger on the MV Saoirse, Irish Ship to Gaza. The boat was captured in route to Gaza and boarded by the IOF Navy. As a result, Phil spent a week in Givon prison, in Israel, before being released back to Ireland. Phil was a delegate of the recent Irish Friends of Palestine Freedom & Friendship Delegation to Gaza, November 2012. Phil writes his thoughts below on a meeting he and others attended at UNWRA in Gaza.

UNWRA VISIT, GAZA, NOVEMBER 2012

Because of the Israeli aggression and war against the people of Gaza in November 2012, we, the Irish Friends Of Palestine Group were forced to abandon our mission to Gaza at the request of our Palestinian hosts until after the ceasefire. A few days into the cessation we were on our way to Gaza. Our agenda was indeed a hefty one. Early morning starts and late evening endings. One of our designated tasks was the meeting of the UNITED NATIONS WELFARE RELIEF AGENCY. or the UNWRA for a background on their work in Gaza and then onwards to visit a refugee UNWRA food distribution centre and a destroyed UNWRA school. Now I have many, many, difficulties with the UN worldwide but it has to be honestly stated that what they are undertaking here in Gaza and their performance and impact here is tremendous.

UNWRA Deputy Director addresses members of Irish Delegation and European Delegation.

Almost 1.1 million citizens of Gaza out of a total population of 1.7 million inhabitants depend on the UNWRA relief programme and that is more than three quarters of the Gaza population. The UNWRA headquarters compound in Gaza is like a fortification with gun posts at its corners and main gates. This is a necessity due to the ongoing aggression by the Israelis. Our bus drove into the HQ compound past wary armed guards. The deputy director of the UNWRA mission Mr.Scott Anderson, along with his assistant they delivered a very detailed and comprehensive update in relation to their ongoing work and mission in Gaza. After a very interesting two hour meeting and a discussion with the UNWRA team, our delegation departed from the HQ compound and were escorted by UN vehicles through Gaza city heading to the Jabilia refugee camp. As we passed through this impoverished camp of Jabalia , it stood as a testimony to the recent violence which ravished the poor place. Thousands of bullet holes in the walls of the shacks people call home, and the ruins of demolished buildings that had been blasted to pieces, along with their inhabitants, by Israeli F16 war planes.

Surrounding areas and buildings next to UNWRA facility were bombed and destroyed causing damage to the UNWRA facility as well

Surrounding areas and buildings next to UNWRA facility were bombed and destroyed causing damage to the UNWRA facility as well

Jabilia is the largest of eight refugee camps established after the illegal “carve up” of Palestine in 1948. Our convoy drove slowly through the blue gates of the UNWRA food distribution centre. This UN food centre was like many other UN buildings in Gaza targeted by the Zionists and was damaged by air bombardment only days before. The rubble of a large bombed building lay alongside the food distribution warehouse. As we were shown around this old large warehouse we watched closely as the young , the elderly, and even some with horse and cart, all queued up for their three monthly allocation of food assistance. Mountains of large white sacks full of vital flour appeared to be the main stock here. Those Palestinians who have registered for aid with the UNWRA food distribution centre are given an allocation of dried dates ,flour, tinned fish, cooking oil and bread. This does not fulfill all of their nutritional requirements, but it is a vital part of their meagre diet.

UNWRA Facility

Of all the projects that we were invited to visit and meet during our mission to Gaza, for me perhaps the UNWRA operation was the most interesting and informative. Not only is the UNWRA involved deeply with the food relief programme for the people of Gaza but they are involved with just about all aspects of the life and relief of Gaza. They build schools, hospitals, clinics, medical centres. And they supply employment for thousands of Palestinians. Much of their fantastic work has been repeatedly bombed and destroyed by the Israelis over the many years of aggression. But the UNWRA keeps bouncing back. Indeed a job well done by the UN for a change.

ADDITIONAL INFO ON ALL 8 GAZA REFUGEE CAMPS DEPENDANT ON ASSISTANCE FROM UNWRA:

Location map of all eight refugee camps in the Gaza Strip.

BEACH CAMP (AKA SHATI CAMP) The third largest of the Gaza Strip’s eight refugee camps – and one of the most crowded – Beach camp is known locally as “Shati”. The camp is on the Mediterranean coast in the Gaza City area. In the camp, 90 per cent of the water is unfit for human consumption.

Statistics

• More than 87,000 registered refugees
• 16 school buildings running on double shifts to accommodate 32 schools. UNRWA also uses a Palestinian Authority school building for one school in the afternoon.
• One food distribution centre
• One health centre

BUREIJ CAMP is a comparatively small refugee camp located in the middle of the Gaza Strip. The camp is near Maghazi and Nuseirat refugee camps. In the camp, 90 per cent of the water is unfit for human consumption.

Statistics

• Over 34,000 registered refugees
• Seven school buildings, four of which run on a double-shift basis, accommodating 11 schools, four running on double shifts
• One food distribution centre
• One health centre

DEIR-EL-BALAH CAMP is the smallest refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. It is located on the Mediterranean coast, west of a town of the same name, in central Gaza. Deir al-Balah means “Monastery of the Dates”, a reference to the abundant date palm groves in the area. 90 per cent of the water is unfit for human consumption.

Statistics

• More than 21,000 registered refugees
• Five school buildings, all of which operate on a double-shift basis, accommodating 10 schools
• One food distribution centre, shared with Maghazi camp
• One health centre

JABALIA CAMP is the largest of the Gaza Strip’s eight refugee camps. It is located north of Gaza City, close to a village of the same name. 90 per cent of the water is unfit for human consumption.

Statistics

• Nearly 110,000 registered refugees
• 20 school buildings, all running on double-shifts accommodating 40 schools.
• One food distribution centre
• One health centre

KHAN YOUNIS CAMP refugee camp lies west of the town of Khan Younis, a major commercial centre and stop-off point on the ancient trade route to Egypt. 90 per cent of the water is unfit for human consumption.

Statistics

• Nearly 72,000 registered refugees
• 25 school buildings, 22 running double-shifts, accommodating a total of 38 schools
• One food distribution centre
• Three health centres

MAGHAZI CAMP is located in the centre of the Gaza Strip, south of Bureij camp. It was established in 1949 and is one of the smaller camps in Gaza, both in terms of size and population. 90 per cent of the water is unfit for human consumption.

Statistics

• Just under 24,000 registered refugees
• Seven schools, three running on double shifts
• One food distribution centre
• One health centre

NUSEIRAT CAMP is currently home to more than 66,000 refugees. Set in the middle of the Gaza Strip, Nuseirat is very near Bureij and Maghazi camps. 90 per cent of the water is unfit for human consumption.

Statistics

• More than 66,000 registered refugees
• 11 school buildings, of which 9 operate on a double-shift basis, accommodating 20 schools
• One food distribution centre
• Two health centres

RAFAH CAMP established in 1949, is located in the south of Gaza, near the Egyptian border. In the year after Rafah camp was created, thousands of refugees moved from the camp to a nearby housing project at Tel El-Sultan, making the camp almost indistinguishable from the adjacent city. 90 per cent of the water is unfit for human consumption.

Statistics

• More than 104,000 registered refugees
• 25 school buildings, 17 operating on double-shifts, to accommodate 42 schools in total
• One food distribution centre
• One health centre

Deplorable conditions, people in Refugee camps depend on UNWRA to survive

Report Fishing In Gaza~Life and Death

Posted by on Saturday, 19 January, 2013

Irish Friends of Palestine Delegation at Gaza Seaport meeting Fishermen

Pat Fitzgerald is a Sinn Fein Councillor at Waterford County Council and John Hearne is a Sinn Fein Councillor at Waterford City Council. Both men were crew members on the Irish Ship to Gaza MV Saoirse,with Pat as the Ship’s Engineer. They both spent a week in Givon prison, in Israel, after their boat was captured in route to Gaza and boarded by the IOF Navy in 2011. Both men are professional Trawler fishermen in Ireland and members of the recent Irish Friends of Palestine Delegation to Gaza November 2012. As part of our Irish Delegation they held meetings and tours with Gaza fishermen and with Mahfouz Kabariti of the Gaza Fishermen Association. The Delegation made a presentation of engraved Derry Crystal to Mr. Kabariti and the Fisherman’s Association on behalf of Irish Friends of Palestine members who were part of the Irish Ship to Gaza Freedom Flotilla II Campaign. A personal report from Pat Fitzgerald is submitted below. For a full list of upcoming reports about our recent delegation go HERE

A chairde, I consider myself honoured to have been part of the delegation that visited Gaza in early November 2012 just days after a ceasefire agreement between Hamas and the Israeli government. The ceasefire agreement ended the latest 8 day round of aggression by Israel on the helpless, imprisoned, and oppressed population of Gaza during which they suffered aerial bombardment, shelling and the threat of invasion from thousands of Israeli troops amassed along the border of the enclave.

The trip was organized by the Irish Friends of Palestine. During the visit, which lasted six days, our delegation met with victims and relatives of victims killed and injured in the conflict, we also met with voluntary groups, governing officials, the United Nations envoy to Gaza, hospital staff, school teachers, pupils and the Fishermen’s Association of Gaza.

Presentation to Mahfouz Kabariti (left) on behalf of the Irish Friends of Palestine members of the Irish Ship to Gaza Freedom Flotilla II. An excerpt from Irish Poet Seamus Heaney's poem "The Cure at Troy" was inscribed on the crystal plaque: "History says, Don't hope on this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme. So hope for a great sea-change on the far side of revenge. Believe that a further shore is reachable from here. Believe in miracles and cures and healing wells."

As I come from an area in Co. Waterford which is steeped in a fishing / nautical tradition and having previously worked in the marine sector for almost twenty years, I was particularly interested in the plight of the fishermen of Gaza. Mr. Mahfouz Kabariti of the Gaza fisherman’s association had kindly offered the delegation an invitation to meet with them and on the fourth day of our visit we arrived at the Fisherman’s co-op of the Port of Gaza.

Delegation of Irish Fishermen meeting with the Gaza Fishermen's Association. Delegation members left to right: Clr Pat Fitzgerald, Clr John Hearne, Ben Duggan, Ollie Stapleton, Diarmuid Murray, John Mallon, Phil McCullough

The Co-op building had suffered severe damage the previous week during an Israeli F-16 bombing raid when the building next door which had housed the fishermen and harbour workers canteen was totally demolished. However despite their obvious problems, the leaders of the fishermen welcomed us with open arms and invited us into the building and lead us up a badly damaged concrete stair case to the co-op conference room. In this room overlooking the port of Gaza which had cracked walls and twisted window frames and broken glass swept into one corner, we listened to the concerns of the fishermen.

Clr John Hearne with fellow Delegation member Phil McCullough get report on fishing situation in Gaza. Nets are often purposely destroyed by Israeil Navy and difficult to repair or replace.

Just to give you some back round information. In 2005 Israel illegally reduced the twenty nautical mile limit which was established under the Oslo Accord to ten nautical miles. In June 2006, Israel imposed a total ban on fishing. The ban lasted for months. When the fishery reopened fishermen were permitted to fish within a six nautical mile limit only. The limit was further reduced to three miles in 2007. However, since 2009 Israeli forces have continued to attack Palestinian fishermen even within the three miles. After the ceasefire negotiated in late November 2012, the Israelis have relaxed the limit to six miles but as the fishermen need to target migratory fish species in deep water, this is only a slight improvement on the three mile limit.
Palestinians are pushing for a complete rollback to the twenty mile limit of the Oslo Accord. On an almost daily basis, fishermen are subject to being shot at, which results in deaths and injuries among crew. Their vessels are often attacked with powerful water cannon, arrested, unnecessarily inspected, humiliated, and their boats and fishing equipment are often confiscated.

The Port of Gaza itself is a large well built port. It’s sheltered by two long breakwaters about a kilometre apart extending from the shore and almost enclosing a deep water basin. It has a narrow entrance on the northern side. The fishing fleet consists of approximately 500 vessels, 400 of which are small one man vessels. A further fifty are the slightly larger sardine type vessels, crewed by one sometimes two men. There is about twenty 14-16 metre vessels, these are sturdy wooden hulled boats with transom sterns and a large flared prow.

Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza Seaport

These boats are used for trawling and seine netting. There is a further ten larger vessels which use the longing lining method, although these have not been to sea for years as they are designed for the deeper offshore waters of the Mediterranean. The vessels looked to be in a seaworthy condition despite an almost six year trade blockade of the Gaza strip enforced by the Israeli military. The blockade which is now entering its sixth year has created huge problems for fishermen, who along with all the other problems they face, also have to endure a shortage of fuel and spare parts, even paint, antifouling and rope is in short supply. The vessels are privately owned and crewed from a pool of 3’700 registered unionised fishermen. The crews are paid using a percentage or what we term as ‘share of the catch’ similar to the way Irish fishermen operate.

Palestine is a land which also has a long maritime tradition. Fifty years ago the Palestinian fishing fleet worked all over the eastern Mediterranean. Fish made up an important part of the diet of the Palestinian people. With their fishing fleet now hemmed into a sea area six miles wide and forty miles long the fishermen themselves are now reduced to just fishing to put what little fish they catch on their own family tables.

Gaza fishermen try to survive as best they can. Due to fishing restrictions illegally imposed by Israel, they waters are voer fished and the catch is very small.

After the meeting as we were leaving the harbour area, I was approached by an old fisherman. He told me his son Ammar Mohamed Baker had been arrested while at sea fishing the previous week. The Israeli military had boarded his vessel and ordered the skipper to bring the boat and crew to Israeli port of Ashdod. Ammar was the family’s sole breadwinner and they had not heard from the Israeli authorities as to when he would be released or indeed why he had been arrested. Since my return home I have been in contact with the Israeli Embassy in Dublin on a number of occasions and I have not yet received any information from them as to why this man was arrested and detained. This type of oppression is a common enough occurrence for Palestinian fishermen and to the best of my knowledge this man is still in prison.

Clr Pat Fitzgerald and Clr John Hearne with Mahfouz Kabariti (left) and Mohammed Baker (center) Two of Mohammed's sons are fishermena and were attacked with 12 other Fishermen by the Isreail Navy the day after signing a ceasefire.

My good friend and colleague Waterford City Councillor John Hearne is a man who has accompanied me on the recent Irish Friends of Palestine Delegation to Gaza and also two previous failed attempts to enter Gaza by sea as part last years Flotilla. John also has many years experience of fishing here in Ireland and in Australia. It was John who advised me to look at the Palestinian fisherman’s experience with their Israeli masters and compare it to our own.

Clr's Pat Fitzgerald and John Hearne take notes during reporton fishing conditions from Mahfouz Kabariti of the Gaza Fishermen's Association.

PLEASE WATCH THIS INFORMATIVE VIDEO FROM GAZA FISHERMEN. NOTE THAT THE 3 MILE LIMIT WAS PART OF THE CEASEFIRE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HAMAS WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO 6 MILES, HOWEVER ISRAEL IS STILL ATTACKING BOATS THAT VENTURE PAST THE FORMER 3 MILE LIMIT.

Determination in the Face of Israeli Brutality – The Children of Gaza

Posted by on Friday, 11 January, 2013


** Daithi Bell is a Sinn Fein Councillor and a teacher at Corpus Christi College in Belfast. He has kindly put forth the following submission after travelling out to Gaza on our most recent Delegation which took place immediately after the recent invasion of Gaza. To learn more about our program go HERE to see an example of the program go HERE.. Daithi’s report:

Sinn Fein Councillor Daithi Bell, who is also a teacher at Corpus Christi College in West Belfast, stands in the ruins of a bombed classroom in Gaza

It is with great difficulty that I will try to describe what I saw and witnessed during my visit to the destroyed schools in Gaza and the feelings I experienced. It would be wrong of me not to do so and I am duty bound to carry this message back to you all.

I experienced a mixture of emotions upon visiting the region. It was heart breaking to see the amount of devastation caused by the recent Israeli attacks on the area, combined with the high levels of poverty that are a direct result of the continued siege on the Gaza strip.

On our third day we were brought to the Ministry of Education and were shown one of the schools that was targeted during the attacks. I braced myself for the worst as I was already aware that during the Israeli assault, children had suffered the most, and the highest percentage of casualties were in fact children.

one of the many classrooms struck by Israeli missile at Umm El Khura Primary school.

I as a teacher cannot imagine teaching, never mind learning, in such conditions as I viewed bombed out classrooms and playgrounds. I asked myself constantly, how in any way could a school be considered a legitimate target?

West Belfast teacher Daithi Bell pictured with youth worker MaryKate Quinn. also from belfast, visiting bombed out school in Gaza.

Teacher Daithi Bell holds up sample of childrens school work found in the rubble of bombed classroom.

Children’s class books and work littered the floor. Huge sections of the walls and floors were missing. Tables and chairs were entangled in a mess of steel and iron. There were also holes in the walls were shrapnel from the bombs had cut like a knife through butter. I could not bare to imagine what the loss of life might have been had children been in the classrooms I saw. What I can say from seeing this is that there is no doubt that the Israeli statements saying that they were trying to target combatants is a bare faced lie! This eight day long bombardment was an attempt to break the spirit and moral of a determined, unbowed and unbroken, Palestinian people.

I am a proud Irish Republican but I believe it does not take a person to be politically motivated to realise right from wrong. It simply takes one to be human, regardless of your religious or political beliefs to see what has been inflicted upon the Palestinian people is nothing short of an act of genocide. I only hope that I in some way can make a difference.

Teacher Daithi Bell meets some former students of the bombed out school who tell about the devastating loss of their school and classrooms

Through the school twinning project that I will be working on I hope to share what I have seen with others. What we achieve as individuals may be small in the grand scheme of things, but a great man once said “Everyone, Republican or otherwise has their own particular part to play. No part is too great or too small, no one is too old or too young to do something.”

This applies to every just struggle across the world, and it is with the thought of those smiling faces that greeted us upon entering Gaza, despite the oppression they have suffered, that we must have a renewed determination to work harder than ever for freedom, justice and equality. Tiocfaidh ar la!

Some of the beautiful Children of Gaza

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Freedom & Friendship Delegation 11-2012-Report Back

Posted by on Friday, 11 January, 2013

Children in Gaza Greeting Irish Delegation

The following list contains the majority of meetings undertaken by members of the most recent Freedom & Friendship Delegation to Gaza during the month of November 2012 immediately after the Israeli attack on Gaza. Over the coming weeks we will post individual reports on these meetings and or discussions, along with photos and videos. We will finish up by reporting on our future work flowing from these meetings in Gaza which will be undertaken in 2013 and beyond.

Tour/Visit/Meetings with Minister of Local Government

Meeting, discussions and presentation with Minister Mohammed J. Al –Farra
Tour Civil Affairs Building destroyed by Israel, this building housed visa applications, births, deaths marriages etc.
Tour Al Jazeera Club where disabled atheletes train, building and facilities destroyed by Israel
Tour Yarmouk Football Stadium destroyed by Israel
Report on Waste Management situation which is DIRE!

Ministry of Education and Higher Education

Deliver Gift and letter of friendship from our Minister of Education John O’Dowd to Gaza Minister of Education Mr Osama A. El Mozini
Presentation and Meetings with Minister of Education Dr. Osama A. El Mozini to discuss fact finding mission on Educational situation in Gaza after invasion and IFOP’s school twinning program with Ministry of Education Gaza.
UNWRA school destroyed by Israel
Umm El-Khura Girls Primary School hit by missiles
Abasan Girls Primary School-IFOP Twinning Program

Official Governmental Meetings

Visit PLC with other International delegations for panel discussions regarding the International Campaign for Releasing the Abducted members of Parliament. Report on the Israeli violations against the MP’s of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
Audience, presentation and meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah.

Khan Younis Municipality Meetings and Visits

Letter of friendship from Mayor of Derry Kevin Campbell to new Mayor of Khan Younis Mr. Yahya M. El Astal-Meetings and discussions with Mayor and Hazem Al Farra, Head of International Relations Dept Khan Younis Municipality.
Tour of Khan Younis city, Refugee Camps, Police Station, schools and NGO’s; Emaar and Basma Centre.
Discussion of the strong ties between Derry and Khan Younis sister cities.

Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees

Meetings and discussions of future projects with Dr. Attallah Abu AlSebah Ministry of Detainees Affairs Jerusalem and Refugees, and other Ministry of Detainee Representatives
Conference on Prisoners
Meeting former Prisoners and Families of Prisoners
Rally for Prisoners and Families
Individual Cases of importance

Gaza Fishermen Association

Tour and Fact Finding Mission
Presentation to Gaza Fishermen Association
Meetings with Gaza Fishermen.

House of Wisdom

Received by Dr.Ahmed Yousef and Maphaz Yousef of HOW. Meetings held at HOW with a cross section of representatives of both Governmental and Civil Society including representatives of all Political parties and views. Open discussion on what can be done and proposed future IFOP work with HOW

Other Meetings and Visits

CEPR ( Council for European Palestinian Relations)- Ramzy Hassouna, Gaza
Lunch with Mr. Sameeah Al Haddad-from Al Haddad Brothers Co. Ltd.
Visit Al Dalou family and home. The Al Dalou family lost 10 members including 4 children during the recent attacks by when their home was hit by missiles.
OCHA meeting on current humanitarian situation

IFOP Aid Campaigns

Ibrahim’s Dream-New Electric Scooter purchase
Warm Hearts Campaign Delivering Children’s Winter hats and scarves
Basma Smile Centre and Ethar donation
Teddy Bears for Gaza Campaign
Finger Puppets for PTSD Therapy after recent Israeli invasion

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COMPLETED ARTICLES AND REPORTS TO BE LISTED HERE:

Gaza Schools by Clr David Bell a teacher “Determination in the Face of Israeli Brutality – The Children of Gaza”

Fishermen by Clr Pat Fitzgerald “Report Fishing In Gaza~Life and Death”

PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK BACK AS WE ADD MORE REPORTS FROM OUR VERY SUCCESSFUL RECENT DELEGATION

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