In the past 15 weeks, more than 130 Palestinians in Gaza have been executed by Israeli snipers, more than 4,000 have been wounded and 15,000 injured with tear gas. At least 43 people have had their legs amputated due to the types of bullets the Israeli Occupation Forces are using and hundreds more will have long-term debilitating injuries from these bullets. The medical system in Gaza is overwhelmed and urgently needs medicalsupplies.
Although the Freedom Flotilla Coalition continues to see our mission's goal as political solidarity rather than charity or aid, the need for medicalsupplies in Gaza is too urgent to ignore. As a result, our Right to a Just Future for Palestine flotilla that is on its way to Gaza will carry as many medicalsupplies as our four boats can safely hold. These are medicalsupplies that have been specifically requested by Palestinian medical authorities in Gaza--all of them are in short supply due to the blockade.
We demand that the Israeli government not interfere with our boats as they approach, dock and unload in Gaza in order to deliver the medicalsupplies directly to hospitals in Gaza City, less than one 1.6 km from the Gaza City harbor. Whatever happens to our boats, we hold the Israeli government accountable for the safe delivery of these life-saving supplies to Palestinian medical authorities in Gaza.
As an occupying state that has placed a land, air and sea blockade on Gaza, Israel is required by international law to allow medicalsupplies into Gaza. The Freedom Flotilla Coalition and its worldwide allies, including those in Israel, will keep the international community and governments informed of any delays in delivering these critical medical supplies to Gaza.
We will use your donations to purchase non-perishable medical supplies, such as gauze and sutures, close to our last ports of call, Naples and Palermo, before heading to Gaza. (Please do not send us actual medical supplies, as we do not have the capacity to move additional items to our departure point.) Together, we can help end the illegal blockade of Gaza.