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Jewish Group Prepares for Gaza Voyage

By Alternative Information Center (AIC)

n solidarity with the recent wave of ships attempting to break the siege on Gaza, a boat of European Jewish activists, accompanied by television journalists, will be sailing to Gaza from a yet to be announced Mediterranean port.

`Our purpose is to call an end to the siege of Gaza, to this illegal collective punishment of the whole civilian population, said Kate Leiterer, one of the German organizers of the boat, being sponsored by `Jdische Stimme` (`Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Near East), EJJP (European Jews for a Just Peace in the Near East) and Jews for Justice For Palestinians (UK).

Our boat is small, so our donations can only be symbolic: we are taking school bags, filled with donations from German school children, musical instruments and art materials, Leiterer added. `For the medical services we are taking essential medicines and small medical equipment, and for the fishermen we are taking nets and tackle. We are liaising with the medical, educational and mental health services in Gaza.

``In attacking the Freedom Flotilla, Israel has once again demonstrated to the world a heinous brutality. But I know that there are very many Israelis who compassionately and bravely campaign for a just peace. With broadcasting journalists from mainstream television programmes accompanying our boat, Israel will have a great chance to show the world that there is another way, a way of courage rather than fear, a way of hope rather than hate``, said fellow organizer Edith Lutz.

The group is calling on leaders of the world to help Israel find her way back to reason, to a sense of humanity and a life without fear. `Jewish Voice` expects the political leaders of Israel and the world to guarantee a safe passage for the small vessel to Gaza, thus helping to form a bridge towards peace.

The exact date and name of the port of departure will be announced only shortly before the boats launch, but the group is hoping to sail in the latter half of July.

For more information contact:
Edith Lutz, EJJP-Germany +15204519740
Kate Katzenstein-Leiterer, EJJP- Germany +1629660472472
Glyn Secker, Jews for Justice For Palestinians (UK) +7917098599

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