Monday, July 30

New Videos: Vancouver Delegation to Gaza Reportback + Palestinian Fishers Under Attack in Gaza

On July 22, 2012, members of the Vancouver Delegation to Gaza, Resistance Refugees Rights and Return, delegates Khaled Barakat, Kathy Copps, Brian Campbell, Charlotte Kates, Aiyanas Ormond, Martha Roberts and Jase Tanner reported back on their experiences and who they saw and met in Gaza at the Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre in Vancouver, Canada.

They discussed the siege on Gaza, the fishers and farmers of Gaza, women’s organizing, political prisoners, education and youth, refugees’ struggle to return, popular health organizations and more.

Videographer Devin Gillan captured the reportback on video and has made it available online for those that missed the opportunity to attend in person. If you would like to invite one or more members of the delegation to speak with your group, community or event, please contact the delegation at

Fishers in Gaza are under assault daily, braving Israeli warships in order to secure the products of Gaza’s Mediterranean seacoast, which support the livelihood of over 70,000 Palestinians in Gaza. Since 2006, the Israeli siege on Gaza has penned Gaza’s fishers into 3 nautical miles of the shore – when most fishing requires at least a 10 mile range, and even the 1993 Oslo accords secured 20 miles of fishing access for Palestinian fishers. Gaza’s fishery has lost 85% of its income because of the Israeli siege.

Jase Tanner, of the Vancouver Delegation to Gaza, filmed the following dramatic footage during a trip out to sea during his time in Gaza with a longtime fishing family, when their boat was fired upon by an Israeli warship, their steering disabled as they attempted to quickly sail toward shore. (Numerous fishers have been arrested and jailed, and fishing boats confiscated, by the Israeli navy.)

This is the daily experience of Gaza’s fishers – most often unnoticed and not filmed by international activists. Share this footage to inform the world about what is happening to fishers in Gaza as they attempt to live from their own sea that has supported Gaza throughout history.


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