By Paul S. Graham
March 16, 2011: Huwaida Arraf spoke at a forum in Winnipeg, Canada entitled “From Direct Action to the Freedom Flotilla: the International Solidarity Movement and the Palestinian Freedom Struggle. Arraf is co-founder of the ISM and chairs the Free Gaza Movement.
She was with the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31, 2010, when Israeli forces raided the vessels on the high seas, killed nine peace activists, wounded 50 and interned the crews along with 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid. She tells how she became involved in the Palestinian freedom struggle and talks about plans for the next Freedom Flotilla.
This next Flotilla will include a vessel from Canada. Canada Boat to Gaza is well on the way to raising the funds it needs to participate in this action. I’m sure they would appreciate your help.
The forum was one of several events that made up Israeli Apartheid Week in Winnipeg. IAW Winnipeg was sponsored by:
– Students Against Israeli Apartheid (at the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba)
– Canada Palestine Support Network (Winnipeg)
– Independent Jewish Voices (Winnipeg)
– Peace Alliance Winnipeg