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FreeGaza Movement

Human rights group that sailed 5 times into port of Gaza.

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Who we are

Interim Board of Directors & Staff

Below are the names and bios of the Free Gaza board as well as our web team and our board of advisors, many of whome began with the Free Gaza movement in 2006.

Web Team

Andrea Z (Italy) Webmaster Andrea is a webdesigner, he joined the team in December 2009.

Interim Board of Directors of Free Gaza II

Greta Berlin (France/USA), Board Secretary Greta Berlin is one of the founders of the Free Gaza Movement. She has been an advocate for justice for the Palestinians since the early 60s. She is the mother of two Palestinian/American children whose father was born and raised in Safad, Palestine and is a 1948 refugee. She has a masters degree in Theatre and journalism and a bachelor’s in English and theatre. She was on the first voyage in August, 2008 and helped run the next four voyages, all successful in entering Gaza in 2008. She was one of the major spokespersons for Freedom Flotilla I and has continued as the media contact for Free Gaza. She is the co-editor and co-author of the book, Freedom Sailors, the story of the first voyage to Gaza and how we succeeded in spite of ourselves. The book can be purchased through

Audrey Bomse (USA) Audrey Bomse has been an activist since her student days in the 1960s. She’s been involved in the civil rights movement, the prisoner rights movement, and the El Salvador, Egypt and Palestinian solidarity movements. As a human rights lawyer, she worked in Israel and the OPT for 7 years, including as coordinator of the United Against Torture Coalition, comprised of 15 Palestinian and Israeli NGOs representing the interests of Palestinian detainees and working to prevent and combat torture. Audrey was a passenger on the second voyage of the Free Gaza Movement in October 2008, and has been working on legal issues involving the Israeli naval assaults on the Freedom Flotilla as well as on Gaza fisherman and their boats. Audrey has been an active member of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) for 25 years, past co-chair of its Prisoners’ Rights Committee and is the current co-chair of its Palestine Subcommittee.

Maria del Mar Fernandez (Spain) Bio to come

Lubna Masarwa (Palestine48) Lubna Masarwa is a political and social activist. She works for Al Quds University as a community organizer for social and political rights in East Jerusalem. She focuses on education and the right to school for every child. Lubna has also worked against house demolitions and forced evacuations of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

Muhsen Abu Ramadan, (Gaza, Palestine)

Director of Arab Center for Agricultural Development in Gaza, Chair of (PNGO) Palestinian (NGOAS) in Gaza. Academic background (sociolgy&Development), Active in (B.D.S)_ BOYCOTT ,DIVERS ANT AND SANCTIONS. and in breaking the siege activities.

Col. Ann Wright, (US)

Ann is a twenty-nine-year veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves who retired as a colonel. She served sixteen years in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps in U.S. Embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She was deputy ambassador in the last four embassies where she served. Ann was a passenger on board Challenger 1, the Free Gaza boat in Freedom Flotilla I when the flotilla was attacked on May 31, 2010, and has written and spoken many times about the morning of the attack.

Board of advisors

Board of Advisors

James Abourezk is a former United States Senator from South Dakota. He was the first Arab-American to serve in the Senate, representing South Dakota from 1973 to 1979. In 1980 Abourezk founded the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC), a grassroots civil rights organization. In 1989, he wrote “Advise and Dissent: Memoirs of South Dakota and the U.S. Senate,” and he is the co-author of “Through Different Eyes: Two Leading Americans — a Jew and an Arab — Debate U. S. Policy in the Middle East.”

M.Cherif Bassiouni is a Distinguished Research Professor of Law emeritus at DePaul University, where he has taught since 1964. He is also a consultant in international human rights and humanitarian law for the United Nations. Bassiouni is the author of 32 and editor of 47 books on International Criminal Law, Comparative Criminal Law, Human Rights, and U.S. Criminal Law. He has authored 241 articles published in law journals and books in the U.S. and other countries.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chomsky is well known in the academic and scientific community as one of the fathers of modern linguistics. Since the 1960s, he has become known more widely as a political dissident and libertarian socialist intellectual.

Gretta Duisenberg is an international human rights activist from The Netherlands. She is the founder of “Stop the Occupation,” an educational and advocacy organization that works in Holland and throughout the European Union. Duisenberg is a board member of “One Justice”, an international group of lawyers in Paris and Geneva, and Honorary President of the Arab Centre for Research and Studies on Palestine (Hebron). In 2002 Duisenberg was awarded the Human Rights Peace Prize by the Belgian Human Rights League. In 2005 she was nominated for Woman of the Year.

Jeff Halper is a professor of anthropology, political activist, author, and lecturer. In 1997, Halper co-founded the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) to challenge and resist the Israeli policy of demolishing Palestinian homes in the occupied territories, and to organize Israelis, Palestinians and international volunteers to jointly rebuild demolished Palestinian homes. In 2006, Jeff, along with Palestinian activist Dr. Ghassan Andoni, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Archbishop Theodosius (Atallah) Hanna is the Archbishop of Sebaste from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Ordained on the 24 December 2005 at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, he is the second Palestinian to hold the position of Archbishop in the history of the diocese. Theodosius is founder of the Orthodox Youth Movement in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. He is a well-known author, and his articles have been periodically published in various newspapers as well as in local and international magazines. Theodosius is widely known for his work promoting Christian-Muslim dialogue to help foster the spirit of cooperation and unity in Palestine.

Peter Hansen is the former United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Commissioner-General from 1996-2005. Before joining the UN, Dr. Hansen was at Aarhus University in Denmark, where he taught political science from 1966 until he took leave to become Assistant Secretary General of the UN in 1978. From 1985 – 1992 Dr. Hansen was Executive Director of the UN Centre on Transnational Corporations. He also served as the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, as well as the Executive Director of the Commission on Global Governance, Geneva, Switzerland, 1992-1994.

John Pilger is an Australian journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. In his career as an investigative journalist, Pilger has received numerous human rights and journalism awards, as well as honorary doctorates. His 2002 film, “Palestine is still the Issue,” was nominated for a British academy award.

Leila Sharaf is a Jordanian Senator and former Minister of Information. She is the chair of the Board of Trustees of Philadelphia University and a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut, as well as a member of the International Academic Council of the United Nations University for Peace. Ms. Sharaf is President of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Human Rights and the Amman Center for Human Rights. She is a former member of the Board of the Arab Organization for Human Rights and a founding member and former Vice President of its branch in Jordan. In 1990, Mrs. Sharaf was a member of the Royal Commission for drafting the National Charter for Jordan, a major document for the democratization process.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh is an Irish political leader and activist. He is currently serving his second term as a TD in the Dáil, Ireland’s parliament. Ó Snodaigh previously served as the Sinn Féin representative on the National Forum on Europe and the party’s spokesperson on the Nice Treaty. He is currently the Sinn Féin Chief Whip in Leinster House, as well as the spokesperson on Housing, Justice, Equality and International Affairs.

Baroness Jenny Tonge is a human rights activist and a member of the British House of Lords. Prior to entering the House of Lords, she was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond Park in London from 1997 to 2005 and was her party’s spokesperson on International Development. During that time, she became very involved with the battle for justice for Palestinians. Baroness Tonge currently speaks on this and health issues from the Liberal Democrat front bench in the House of Lords.

Gaza Advisory Council

Mona El-Farra, M.D. is Deputy Director of the Union of Health Work Committees in Gaza. She is a physician by training, and a human rights and women’s rights activist by practice.

Mahfouz Kabariti is a human rights activist and President of the Palestinian Sailing Federation and Fishing & Marine Sports Association in Gaza.

Jamal El-Khoudary is the Chairman of the Popular Committee Against the Siege and an independent member of parliament in Gaza. He is a long-time outspoken advocate for the people of Palestine.

Amjad Al-Shawa is an organizer and human rights activist and the Director of the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO) in Gaza City, a civil and democratic body comprising more than 100 Palestinian NGOs, which seeks to support, consolidate and strengthen the Palestinian civil society.


“Gandhi’s and King’s successors in the twenty-first century have carried out further experiments in the power of nonviolent truth to achieve justice and peace in every corner of the world—including, in the last two months, Gaza. The Free Gaza Movement has succeeded in breaking the siege of Gaza by nonviolent direct action. After sailing from Cypress, 44 activists from 17 countries landed their two small wooden boats at Gaza Port on August 23, 2008, where a beleaguered people welcomed them. This nonviolent initiative allowed Palestinians to enter and leave their own country freely for the first time in over 60 years. As Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories noted, it is now a question of whether the courage and commitment of the Free Gaza Movement ‘can awaken the conscience of humanity to an unfolding tragedy’. From the groundbreaking work of Gandhi and King to the ongoing example of the Free Gaza Movement, we can discern the transforming power of nonviolence at a crossroads in our history.” H.E. Mr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd Session of the UN General Assembly, in: “Remarks to commemorate the Second International Day of Nonviolence”, Oct. 2, 2008,

“Please accept my support for your forthcoming peace boat journey to break the Siege of Gaza. You carry with you the hopes and wishes of many people around the world.” Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“Peace and security, we discovered in South Africa, do not come through the barrel of a gun…I support the boat convoy in its attempt.” Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus

“A courageous and necessary endeavor” Noam Chomsky

“The homes of people in Gaza must no longer be their prisons. I hope your boat journey will help show the world why the siege of Gaza must be ended and why we must all redouble our efforts to achieve the just peace which Israelis and Palestinians deserve.” Richard Burden, MP Labour (UK)

“Gandhi once said, ‘A few people with the courage of their convictions can become perfect nuisances of the whole State.’ Blessed be the nuisances of the Free Gaza movement.” Norman G. Finkelstein

Become an endorser Right now we have more than 200 endorsers. If you want to become an endorser or if you have and your name or weblink is missing, please contact us at: friends[at]

List of Endorsers

  • 14 Friends of Palestine,
  • Abnaa Al Balad, Palestine,
  • Abrahams Töchter (D),
  • ACAT, Catalunya/Espanya,
  • Adams, Miriam and Steve, New Mexico (USA)
  • A Different Jewish Voice (Een Ander Joods Geluid) - Amsterdam, NL,
  • AIPPP (Patrimoine Palestinien) Strasbourg
  • Aktionsbündnis für einen gerechten Frieden in Palästina (Deutschland)
  • Alternative Information Center,
  • American Friends Service Committee-Pacific Southwest Region (AFSC),
  • American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC),
  • Americans Against the War - France (AAW-France),
  • Americans For A Just Peace In The Middle East,
  • Americans for a Palestinian State, CA,
  • American Muslims for Palestine,
  • Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights (Oregon, USA)
  • Antonine Friendship Link, (UK)
  • Arab-Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East (Chicago),
  • Araguaney Foundation (Spain),
  • Arbeitskreis Nahost Berlin (Middle East Group Berlin),
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu (South Africa), see his letter of support
  • “Aristera!” (“Left!”) (Greece), (click on “Aristera!”)
  • Association France Palestine Solidarité,
  • The Australian Friends of Palestine Association,
  • Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine,
  • Australians for Palestine,
  • Banias, Yannis, Member of Parliament in Greece (Syriza Partie)
  • Barnes, Andrea, peace worker (USA)
  • Bat Shalom of the Jerusalem Link,
  • Bay Area Peace Navy,
  • Bay Area Women in Black,
  • Berkeley Women in Black,
  • Bishop Munib Younan (Jerusalem),
  • Blincoe, Nicholas, author (UK),
  • Britain Palestine Twinning Network,
  • Brouillet, Carol, Congressional Green candidate, California,
  • Bubbies and Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Burden, Richard, MP, Birmingham Northfield (UK), Chair of Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group,
  • Cafe Intifada *he Caipirinha Foundation,
  • Campagne Civile Pour la Protection du Peuple Palestinien CCIPPP (France),
  • Center for Studies and Alternative Information on Middle East (MA.D.I.S.A.)
  • Center for Theology and Social Analysis (Missouri, USA)
  • Checkpoint 303 (Tunisia/France/Palestine),
  • Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy (Chicago),
  • Chomsky, Noam,
  • Citizens for Justice in the Middle East (Kansas, USA)
  • The Coalition of Women for Peace (Israel),
  • Code Pink,
  • Collectif judéo-arabe et citoyen pour la paix, Strasbourg
  • Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche Orient in Luxemburg CPJPO,
  • Le Comité Solidarité Palestine de Saint-Nazaire (France)
  • Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine CJPIP (USA),
  • Coordination de l’Appel de Strasbourg pour une paix juste au Proche-Orient,
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),
  • Conscience International (USA),
  • Corrigan-Maguire, Mairead,
  • The Cyprus IndyMedia Collective,
  • Deir Yassin Remembered,
  • DePaul Academic Freedom Committee (Chicago),
  • Deutsch-Palästinensische Gesellschaft e.V.,
  • Dimitriadi, Antigoni Karali, Vice President of KEDE (Center of Research and Action for Peace, Greece)
  • Dritsas, Theodoros (Greece), Syriza MP for Pireas
  • Dropkin, Greg, Liverpool (UK)
  • El Hoss, Dr. Salim, former Lebanese prime minister, see his endorsement letter (in Arabic)
  • European Jews for a Just Peace EJJP,
  • Farrah-France (Réfugiés)
  • Follain Community Health Project, Waterford Women’s Community Network

  • Finkelstein, Norman G.,
  • Friends of Al-Aqsa, UK,
  • Friends of Sabeel (N.W.)
  • Gai, Racheli, Tucson, Arizona
  • Galloway, George (UK), RESPECT MP for Bethnal Green and Bow
  • Gaza 3ala Bali (Gaza on my Mind), from Ramalla area, *ttp://
  • Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP),
  • Gesellschaft für Österreichisch-Arabische Beziehungen/Society for Austro-Arab Relations,
  • Gibson, Dr Ian, MP for Norwich North (UK)
  • Global Exchange, San Francisco, CA,
  • Guns2Guitars (Israel),
  • Gutierrez, Andrew Paul, PhD, Professor of Ecosystem Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • Halpin, Dr. David, co-ordinator Dove and Dolphin aid voyage to Gaza
  • Halifax Friends of Palestine, Yorkshire (UK),
  • Hardy, Jeremy, star of “Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army”, and comedian,UK, Wikipedia
  • Holton, Doug (UK), Theatre practitioner, author of “Culture and Activism in India” (with Michael Walling) and “Cultural Revolutions”
  • I love Palestine,
  • International Action Center San Diego, CA
  • International Solidarity Movement Northern California,
  • International Solidarity Movement Michigan
  • International Solidarity Movement-Chicago chapter (USA),
  • Intersindical Alternativa de Catalunya (IAC),
  • Intifada-Solidarity Association to the Palestinian People (Greece),
  • Iona Community, Glasgow,
  • ISM Denmark,
  • ISM France,
  • ISM Switzerland,
  • ISM Italy
  • ISM Spain,
  • ISM London UK,
  • Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - UK (UK),
  • I-Witness Palestine, Southern California,
  • Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD),
  • Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East (EJJP-Austria)
  • Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in Middle East - EJJP Germany,
  • Jews for Justice for Palestinians (UK),
  • Jewish Peace News archive and blog:
  • Jewish Voice for Peace,
  • Jewish Women for Justice in Israel/Paletine, Boston, MA
  • Justice for Palestinians, San Jose, CA, U.S.A., website
  • Kersanidis, Stratos, Film Critic, Athens, Greece
  • Kos Grabar, Bojana, Amsterdam (NL)
  • LA Jews for Peace,
  • Leon, Michael, Consultant,
  • Liverpool Friends of Palestine (UK)
  • Loach, Ken, filmmaker (UK),
  • Los Angeles Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee
  • Lucas, Dr. Caroline, Green Party MEP South East England,
  • Meead, Portland Daily Photos,
  • Mahon, Alice, retired UK Labour Party MP, Wikipedia
  • Mansour, N.S. (Bill), Professor Emeritus, Oregon State University
  • MAS Freedom, the human & civil rights advocacy affiliate of the Muslim American Society,
  • Meulenbelt, Anja, Kifaia Foundation, Amsterdam,
  • Meyer, Dr. Hajo G. (Netherlands), Holocaust survivor, author of “The End of Judaism”
  • Middle East Crisis Response, Woodstock, NY,
  • Middle East Study Group (California, USA)
  • MidEast: JustPeace, Michigan,
  • Morgantini, Luisa, MEP, Vice President of the European Parliament
  • The Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPACUK),
  • Nabulsi, Dr. Karma, Oxford University,
  • National Association of Muslim American Women (NAMAW)
  • Nazir Ahmed, Baron Ahmed, member of the House of Lords (UK),,_Baron_Ahmed
  • Netherlands Palestine Committee,
  • Neturei Karta International,
  • Network for the Political and Social Rights (Greece),
  • New Profile (Israel),
  • Nonviolent Action Community of Cascadia,
  • North, Titus (USA), political science professor and former candidate for Congress,
  • Norwich Friends of Palestine PSC
  • Not In Our Name (NION): Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism,
  • NOVA - Social Innovation Centre (Catalonia/Spain),
  • Olive Cooperative, UK
  • Olympia/Rafah Sister City Project - Olympia, WA/Rafah, Gaza,
  • Omer, Mohammed, Journalist (Palestine),
  • The One Democratic State Group-Gaza,
  • Palestinian Agricultural Development Association-PARC/Gaza,
  • Palestine Aid Society, Los Angeles
  • Palestine Committee of Norway,
  • The Palestinian Centre For Human Rights (PCHR),
  • The Palestine Medical Relief Society,
  • The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS),
  • Palestine Relief Fund, Sydney Australia,
  • The Palestinian Sailing Federation,
  • Palestine Solidarity Campaign, UK,
  • Palestine Solidarity Committee - Seattle,
  • Palestinian Community of Catalonia, Spain
  • The Palestinian Youth Network
  • Pau Ara Madrid
  • Pau Ara Valencia
  • Pax Christi Metro New York,
  • Pax Christi UK,
  • Paz Ahora,
  • The People’s Voice: Ragnar Johannessen & Schuyler Ebbets,
  • Peterson, David, Writer & Researcher, Chicago,
  • Philadelphia Jews for a Just Peace
  • Popular Committee Against the Siege, Jamal El-Khoudary, see endorsement letter
  • Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (USA),
  • Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG),
  • Qureshi, Kamal, Danish MP,
  • Rachel Corrie Foundation (Washington, USA),
  • The Ramadhan Foundation (UK),
  • Resource Center for Nonviolence, Santa Cruz, CA,
  • Rivero, Michael (USA),
  • Salahuddeen - The Voice of Palestine (South Africa),
  • San Jose Peace and Justice Center (SJPJC),
  • Sakorafa, Sofia, Member of the Greek parliament and former Olympic Women’s javelin champion
  • Sansour, Leila, film director, founder of Open Bethlehem (UK), *•
  • Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign,
  • Sheehan, Cindy, anti-war campaigner, Congress candidate (US),
  • Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign (UK),
  • Shropshire Palestine Talks (UK)
  • Simpson, Dr., Brad, Asst. Professor of History & Int. Affairs, Princeton University
  • SouthBayMobilization (San Jose),
  • Stand Up Seattle, Seattle, WA,
  • SUSTAIN: Stop US Tax Aid to Israel Now,
  • Syed, Shakeel (California),
  • Tours In English - Palestine - Israel - West Bank,
  • Tromsø, Norway, see endorsement letter of the mayor
  • Union Juive Française pour la paix (France),
  • UNISON (UK),
  • Un Ponte Per… (Roma),
  • U-pal (Understanding Palestine) (UK)
  • US Academics For Peace (USA),
  • USS Liberty Survivors 1967- Friends of FGM
  • Visions of Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine,
  • Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace,
  • We Are Wide Awake (USA),
  • “We Refuse to Be Enemies: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Coalition for Peace”, Connecticut
  • The Western New York Peace Center,
  • Wilson, Dr Bill, MSP for the West of Scotland,
  • Women in Black - Amherst, Massachusets
  • Women in Black-Armidale, Australia
  • Women in Black - Cambridge, UK
  • Women in Black, Edinburgh, Scotland,
  • Women in Black - Green Valley, Arizona
  • Women in Black, India
  • Women in Black - Los Angeles,
  • Women in Black, Netherlands,
  • Women in Black - St. Louis, MO
  • Women in Black - Tucson, AZ
  • Women in Black-Victoria BC, Canada
  • Women in Black, Vienna, Austria,
  • Women of a Certain Age (WCA) New York, NY,
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF),
  • Women Walk Home For A United Cyprus,
  • The Working Group on the Middle East, Metropolitan Chicago Synod - ELCA
  • Xarxa d’Enllac amb Palestina, Catalonia, Spain
  • Xarxa de Solidaritat amb Palestina del Pais Valencia
  • Yesh Gvul, support group for Israeli occupation refuseniks,
  • Zaytoun, UK,
  • Zochrot (Israel),