This week, mid-Island resident, two-term Island MP and retired United Church minister Jim Manly will join other prominent internationals to challenge the blockade of Gaza aboard the Swedish tall ship S/V Estelle as part of the international “Freedom Flotilla Coalition.”
The ship will carry school supplies and materials to rebuild structures destroyed by Israel during its 2008 attack on Gaza known as Cast Lead.
Gaza is the world’s largest open-air gulag where 1.5 million Palestinians are illegally imprisoned by the state of Israel.
Their dire living conditions are worsened by an Israeli siege limiting medical items, food, water, building materials and fuel.
Operation Cast Lead — purportedly named after the medieval torture method of pouring molten lead down the throat of the victim — killed 1,400 Gaza residents while destroying hospitals, schools, ambulances, UN facilities — and more than 30 members of the Samouni family.
A similar humanitarian attempt to break the blockade in 2010 saw Israeli forces murder nine unarmed passengers of the MV Mavi Marmara in international waters.
That atrocity spurred the founding of Mid-Islanders for Justice and Peace in the Middle-East, www.MidIslanders.com, of which Mr. Manly is a founding member.