Jüdische Stimme Deutschland

Jewish Boat welcomed in Gaza

Vik 2 Gaza, 15 May 2011

Eight months after the Jewish boat was kidnapped by the Israeli navy on her way to Gaza, the Jewish boat has arrived in Gaza symbolically on 14 May. Edith Lutz, co-organizer and passenger on the "Irene" brought a photo-collage of the boat to Gaza. "We are still waiting for the return of the real boat", she says, "but it's the arrival of the message that's most important." The message is: There are many Jews opposing the Israeli politics of oppression.

fishermen and representatives

fishermen and representatives

To take the message to Gaza Edith Lutz joined the vik2gaza-group (www.vik2gaza.org), a group of friends of Vittorio Arrigoni, whose murder in Gaza last month devastated many Palestinian and international friends. These friends have come together to commemorate Vittorio's work in Gaza and to assure its people of their solidarity.

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German Jews 'inundated' with requests to join new Gaza aid flotilla

Haaretz, 14.06.10

Jewish Voices for a Just Peace seeks second vessel, as dozens more activists ask to take part in aid mission.

An association of German Jews planning to send a boat with humanitarian aid to break the Gaza blockade is searching for a second vessel, given the high number of requests to travel with the group.

The group, Jewish Voices for a Just Peace, had originally planned to send one small vessel from an unnamed Mediterranean port in mid- July, with the intention of getting aid past the Israeli-imposed blockade of Gaza.

Israel Navy forces approach one of six ships of an aid flotilla bound for Gaza on May 31, 2010.

Photo by: Reuters

However, spokeswoman Edith Lutz told dpa that "our preparations have been held back somewhat because we have been inundated with requests to travel."

Lutz said that the first vessel, which could hold up to 14 passengers, was now full and that a further 40 German Jews were seeking to travel aboard a second vessel.


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9 giugno 2010

La 'nave degli ebrei' (Jewish boat) per Gaza partirà presto


In un porto del mediterraneo (e non diciamo per ora quale) un piccolo vascello aspetta una missione speciale: partirà per Gaza. Per evitare sabotaggi, data e nome esatto del porto di partenza verranno annunciati solo poco prima della partenza.

"Il nostro obiettivo è chiedere la fine dell'assedio di Gaza, di questa illegale punizione collettiva della intera popolazione civile. La nostra barca è piccola, per questo quello che portiamo può solo essere simbolico: portiamo borse per la scuola, piene di regali degli studenti delle scuole in Germania, strumenti musicali e materiali artistici. Per i servizi medici portiamo medicine essenziali e piccole attrezzature mediche e per i pescatori portiamo reti e attrezzature. Siamo in collegamento con i servizi medici, educativi e mentali a Gaza."

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Jewish flotilla to break Gaza siege

ynet, 06.06.10

German Jewish group prepares flotilla to protest Israel's blockade on Gaza. 'Activists frightened, but not by Hamas,' member of organization says

The Rachel Corrie aid ship Photo: Reuters

The German-Jewish organization Jewish Voice for Peace in the Middle East is preparing a Jewish flotilla to the Gaza Strip. "We intend to leave around July," a member of the organization, Kate Leiterer, said to Ynet. "We have one small craft so far, in which there will be between 12 and 16 people, mostly Jews."

Leiterer, herself Jewish, said there was great interest in joining. "Getting another boat means more expenses, and we're discussing this possibility," she said. "Because of limited space, there will be school equipment, candy, and mainly musical equipment, and there'll be musicians aboard who'll teach the children of Gaza. They need to see that Jews are not what how they are drawn in their eyes."

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