Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Boats That Broke the Gaza Blockade,
A Book Launch Canadian Tour
By Greta K Berlin
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, October 1, 2012
New book tells harrowing, yet uplifting story
of the first boats to
break the Gaza blockade
Free Gaza Movement co-founder Greta
K. Berlin is embarking on a multi-city tour in Canada to launch Freedom
Sailors, a new book about the international efforts to end the blockade of
Freedom Sailors, co-edited by Berlin, tells the story
of 44 passengers on two dilapidated boats that sailed to Gaza in August
2008. The boats, launched by the Free Gaza Movement, were the first
international boats to land in the port of Gaza in 41 years to breech the
The Freedom Sailors book launches in
Hamilton, Toronto, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Nanaimo, and Vancouver will
also provide updates on the continuing efforts to challenge the maritime
blockade, including the Canadian Boat to Gaza's new project, Gaza's Ark <http://www.gazaark.org/>
WHEN & WHERE
* Hamilton: Friday, September
28 at 3pm. Cordoba House, 88 Forsyth North.
* Toronto: Friday, September
28 at 7pm. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street.
* London: Saturday,
September 29 at 7pm East Village Arts Co-op, 757 Dundas Street.
Montreal: Monday, October 1 at 6:30pm. 3720 Parc Ave.
* Ottawa: Tuesday,
October 2 at 7pm. Under One Roof, 251 Bank Street, 2nd floor.
Nanaimo: Tuesday, October 23 at 6pm. Harbourfront Library.
Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm. Rm 1800, SFU HarbourCntr, 515 W. Hastings.
ABOUT GRETA BERLIN
Greta K. Berlin is a media communications expert, and a spokesperson and
cofounder of the Free Gaza Movement. She was on board the FREE GAZA - the
first boat with internationals to reach the besieged strip of the
Mediterranean in 41 years. She has been an advocate for justice for
Palestinians since the early 1960s and she has worked for the International
Solidarity Movement in the West Bank.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
ABOUT FREEDOM SAILORS
"Freedom Sailors is a powerful record of the political and humanitarian
activity of some of the best humans we are ever likely to meet, or learn
about. These women and men leave us with the most wonderful of questions: is
human courage and sacrifice the same as love? And is it this love for
ourselves collectively, as humans, that has a chance of saving us and our
planet? To read this book is to see what we can be like, in the face of
- Alice Walker, Earthling poet, writer and activist
"A riveting account of one of the great moments in the
history of non-violent resistance: breaking the criminal and sadistic siege
of Gaza, and letting the prisoners know that at least some of the outside
world care about them and their grim fate. The Free Gaza flotillas are truly
- Noam Chomsky, Ph.D. - Professor, MIT
For More Information:
Hamilton, London, and Toronto: Sandra Ruch, 416.716.4010
Dylan Penner, 613.859.6996
Montreal: Andrea Summers, 514.799.6928
Nanaimo and Vancouver: Irene McInnes 604.737.1299
Greta Berlin can be
directly reached at 703.296.8270