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Gaza rejects Greek government charity=20
15 July 2011=20

The following letter was delivered to the Greek Government on July 12=2C 20=
11 making it clear that the people of Gaza seek freedom and respect for the=
ir human rights=2C including their right to lead a dignified life=2C not ch=
arity. Seemingly deaf to their call=2C yesterday a spokesman for the Greek =
Ministry of Foreign Affairs=2C Mr. Delavekouras=2C repeated the Greek Gover=
nment's "generous offer" to deliver limited humanitarian aid to the people =
of Gaza - instead of helping them gain the freedom that is rightfully their=

We=2C members of Palestinian civil society in Gaza=2C have been watching th=
e actions your government has taken to block Freedom Flotilla 2 from settin=
g sail towards the biggest open air prison - the Gaza Strip - to challenge =
Israel's criminal blockade. Israel's closure of Gaza has deprived us of thi=
ngs that most people take for granted=2C first and foremost=2C our freedom =
of movement. We are not allowed to pursue adequate health care or education=
al opportunities because we cannot travel freely. We are cut off from our f=
amilies in other parts of the occupied territory and abroad=3B and we are n=
ot allowed to invite people to visit us in Gaza. Now=2C you have imported t=
his restriction on the people whose main mission is to stand in solidarity =
with us.

The people of Gaza are only in need of humanitarian aid because we are prev=
ented from building our economy. We are not allowed to import raw materials=
 or to export=3B our fishermen and farmers get shot at when attempting to f=
ish or to harvest their crops. As a result of deliberate Israeli policy=2C =
80% of our people have become food aid dependent=2C our infrastructure is i=
n shambles=2C and our children cannot imagine a day when they will know fre=

Your offer to deliver the cargo of the Freedom Flotilla entrenches the noti=
on that humanitarian aid will solve our problems and is a weak attempt to d=
isguise your complicity in Israel's blockade.

We are so sorry not to accept your charity. The organizers and participants=
 of the Freedom Flotilla recognize that our plight is not about humanitaria=
n aid=3B it is about our human rights. They carry with them something more =
important than aid=3B they carry hope=2C love=2C solidarity and respect. Yo=
ur offer to collude with our oppressors to deliver aid to us is strongly RE=

While it is clear that you have been under enormous political pressure to c=
omply with the will of the Israeli regime=2C to collaborate with Israel in =
violating international law and legitimizing the siege=2C we refuse to acce=
pt your breadcrumbs. We crave freedom=2C dignity and the ability to make ch=
oices in our daily lives. We urge you to immediately reconsider and to let =
the Freedom Flotilla sail.

Finally we recognize the historical relations between our people and your c=
ountry's support for our legitimate rights. With this history in mind and y=
our previous acknowledgment of the freedoms denied to us=2C we are calling =
on you to allow the freedom flotilla boats to leave for Gaza=2C thus challe=
nging Israel's illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip and illegal occupation of=
 Palestinian land.


Palestinian Network of NGOs (PNGO) - Representing over 60 non-governmental =
organizations in Gaza=2C
Palestinian International Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza
General Society for Rehabilitation
Deir Al-Balah Cultural Centre for Women and Children
Maghazi Cultural Centre for Children
Al-Sahel Centre for Women and Youth
Rachel Corrie Centre=2C Rafah
Rafah Olympia City Sisters
Al Awda Centre=2C Rafah
Al Awda Hospital=2C Jabaliya Camp
Ajyal Association=2C Gaza
Al Karmel Centre=2C Nuseirat
Local Initiative=2C Beit Hanoun
Beit Lahiya Cultural Centre
Al Awda Centre=2C Rafah
Middle East Children's Alliance - Gaza office
Alshomoa Club for Women
General Union for Public Services Workers
General Union for Health Services Workers
General Union for Petrochemical and Gas Workers
General Union for Agricultural Workers
General Union of Palestinian Syndicates
General Union of Palestinian Women
Palestinian Congregation for Lawyers
Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU)
Union of Health Work Committees
Union of Synergies-Women Unit
Union of Women's Work Committees
Palestinian Association for Fishing and Maritime
Palestine Sailing Federation
Fishing and Marine Sports Association
Palestinian Women Committees
Progressive Students' Union

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