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Danielle Ní Mhóra, Darren Waterkamp, James Harkin, Jason Curran and Eamonn Moore from Derry will jump for Gaza on March 12th Saturday!

Saturday 12th of March, 25 people will be flying in the Derry skies for the Irish Ship to Gaza. The sky diving jump will take place at the Wild Geese Sky diving school in Country Derry, the jumpers will being falling from the sky around 10AM. All of this is to raise money for the Irish Ship to Gaza sailing as part of the Freedom Flotilla 2 this May.

The Skydive event is organised by the Northern Irish Ship to Gaza groups, Derry Friends of Palestine and Friends of Palestine Belfast. We have people from Belfast, Antrim, Dublin and Derry jumping on the day. Those representing Derry in the jump are: Danielle Ní Mhóra, Darren Waterkamp, James Harkin, Jason Curran and Eamonn Moore, please give them your support, and if you are interested in helping to sponsor them please contact us here info @ (remove the spaces) we have the Irish ship secured but we still need to raise funds for fuel and the final payment, so we hope people in Derry will get on board and support the Derry 5 as they jump for Gaza!

And more big news, Iara Lee, a survivor from the Mavi Marmara and the only person to smuggle out video of the brutal attack which resulted in nine aid workers being murdered by Israeli commandos, is flying into Ireland to do the jump with us!! There will be an event in Derry on Friday the 11th March the night before the jump where Iara will screen her film on the Mavi Marmara using her video footage of the attack. This event will be held at Sandinos Friday 11th from 7:30 to 9:30PM, everyone welcome, admission free. Iara will be presenting the 5 Derry jumpers with a certificate and scarves from Palestine. For more about the Sandinos event and Iara Lee go HERE.

Spectators are very welcome to come out and watch the jumpers, below are directions to the Wild Geese, you should arrive about 9AM to make sure you don’t miss the first one! The Sky-centre has full catering facilities.


Address Details:

Movenis Airfield, Carrowreagh Road,
Garvagh, Co. Derry,

Garvagh is situated on the A29, halfway between Coleraine and Maghera. Given below is just some directions on how to get to us from a few locations.

Directions From Belfast:

• On the M2 / M22, follow the signs for Ballymena and L/Derry.
• The M2 / M22 will end but continue on, as this is the A6, follow the signs for L/Derry.
• Take the by-pass around Toome, towards L/Derry.
• At the junction of the A31/A54 (Castledawson), take the 2nd exit off the roundabout towards L/Derry on the A6.
• Travel for 6 miles and turn right onto the Mullagh Road for Maghera.
• At the Tee-junction at the end of Mullagh Road turn left and go into Maghera town centre.
• In Maghera town centre, turn right at the Bank/Hotel, and follow the signs for Coleraine.
• Travel for 10 miles on the A29 until you reach Garvagh.
• In Garvagh, at the crossroad, turn right for Kilrea – B64.
• Go for 200m and turn left (opposite O’Connell’s garage), onto Station Road.
• Travel for 2 miles and the Sky-centre will be on the left.

Directions From Derry:

• Follow the signs for Limavady / Coleraine on the A2.
• Take the by-pass around Limavady.
• 1 mile from Limavady turn right onto the B66 (Ringsend Road) for Garvagh.
• Go for 6.5 miles to Ringsend.
• At Ringsend turn right onto the B66 for Garvagh (Boleran Road).
• At the end of this road turn left at the Tee-junction and go into Garvagh.
• In Garvagh go straight across at the cross-roads, for Kilrea – B64.
• Go 200m and turn left (opposite O’Connell’s garage), onto Station Road.
• Travel for 2 miles and the Sky-centre will be on the left.

Last Sunday close to 300 people participated in the 10K sponsored run from Lisburn to Belfast City Centre for the Irish Ship to Gaza. Runners from all walks of life braved the cold Irish weather to make a clear statement to Israel the Irish people say “The illegal Siege must be lifted” and we will see Ireland at the forefront when the siege is broken by sea.

The Irish Ship to Gaza campaign wishes to thank all those who made this event such a big success with special thanks to John Mallon, Philomena Flood, Michele Garrett, the stewards who did a great job on the day and the rest of the Belfast and Northern fundraising team! Such an overwhelming site to see entire families decked out to run, several schools sent teams including Colaiste Feirste, who won for the first team across the finish line. Trophies were awarded for 1st male, 1st female, 1st school, 1st team and also for the most support and effort. Young, old and in between all took part, we especially thank all the physically challenged people who participated. Everyone had one thing in common, to help make sure Ireland is represented with its own ship in the Freedom Flotilla 2 and fair play to those from Armagh and Downpatrick for coming up to run in this event.

The professional runners began arriving at the finish line only 27 minutes later with the winning time of 27 minutes 10 seconds! This was followed by the fun runners and walkers later on. Special thanks to Lilly Mulholland owner of Kelly’s Cellar who graciously opened Kelly’s up for free Irish stew, sandwiches, tea and coffee for everyone after the race and who personally donated £60.00 to the ISTG campaign as well.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, SDLP Cllr Pat Convery greeted the runners on the steps of City Hall after the race:

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, SDLP Cllr Pat Convery greeted the runners on the steps of City Hall

The results are below along with photos of the presentations.

Daniel Diamond winner with a time of 27 minutes 10 seconds, also the 1st male to cross finishline, Ryan accepts the trophy on Daniel’s behalf:

1st Place goes to Daniel Diamond

1st Woman to cross was Deirdre Glenholmes:

Caoimhe Prigent accepting trophy for Deirdre Glenholmes

1st School was Colaiste Feirste:

Colaiste Feirste

Fastest team winners: John Loughlinn & Caoimhin Mhic Goilla Mhín represeting the Sinn Fein team, winners for 1st team to cross the finish line:

John Loughlinn & Caoimhin Mhic Goilla Mhín represeting the Sinn Fein team, winners for 1st team to cross the finish line

Winner of most support and participation was Phil McCullough

Winner of most support and participation was Phil McCullough

Aoibhe Clarke a tiny supporter who was carried across the finish line by her mum. Aoibhe says let’s get this ship in the water!!

Aoibhe Clarke a tiny supporter who was carried across the finish line by her mum

below is a selction of of runners who participated:


Organised by the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign

This public meeting will feature eyewitness accounts of the illegal and brutal Israeli siege of Gaza, and will also discuss ways forward and how the siege can be challenged.


Speakers Include:

FINTAN LANE: Coordinator of the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign which is sending an Irish ship as part of Freedom Flotilla 2 in spring 2011

EWA JASIEWICZ: An English/Polish member of the the Free Gaza Movement and of the International Solidarity Movement, Ewa was in Gaza during the ‘Operation Cast Lead’ massacre in 2009. She was also on the Freedom Flotilla that was attacked by Israeli forces last May as it brought aid to Gaza and attempted to break the siege.

YOUSEF AL-HELOU: Palestinian freelance journalist based in Gaza, who reports for Press TV. Yousef is travelling directly from Gaza to Ireland for this speaking tour and will talk about daily life on the ground.


Derry Friends of Palestine is teaming up with our comrades Friends of Palestine Belfast for an amazing skydive event called “Jump for Gaza” in aid of the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign. And just to prove this is an all Ireland campaign to send an Irish Ship to Gaza, that’s right, our own Fintan Lane, Irish Ship to Gaza coordinator, will be Jumping for Gaza!! What about them Cork lads, they’re a brave lot!!

The event itself will take place at the Wild Geese Skydiving school in County Derry, February 12th 2011. So plenty of time to raise sponsorship monies for a great cause!! You can register to jump online at our Facebook event HERE, once registered you will be emailed your sponsorship form and can start fundraising right away!!

If you are not on Facebook then you can email (minus the spaces) Sinead at chair @ or Philly at friendsofpalestinebelfast @ for more information and to register or get your sponsor form.

The Wild Geese are located at Movenis Airfield, Carrowreagh Road,
Garvagh, Co. Derry. Here is some information from the Wild Geese about making your first jump!!

Are you 16 years or over, if so, then let us introduce you to an experience of a lifetime. A thrill that you will never forget. Your first sky-dive will remain forever in your memory. A thrill that you will not only experience during your first sky-dive but continue, should you go on to make many hundreds more! We work under the regulations of the British Parachute Association (B.P.A.), the governing body of our sport in the U.K., therefore all your training will be carried out by highly qualified B.P.A. Approved Instructors.

A full time operation, the centre itself is open seven days a week, all year round. Now all we need is your commitment to join us in the most amazing world and off-this-planet (literally) experience of Skydiving.

Read about what your first jump experience will be like HERE

• Minimum age is 16yrs.
• Under 18’s need parental/guardian written consent before training and jumping: (Please Click HERE to download and print the appropriate form).
• Anyone 40 yrs and over will need a doctor’s written permission before jumping, get it HERE.
No maximum age for those doing a Tandem Skydive.
• Weight limits for a Tandem Skydive are:
– Male 102kg. (15 stone) max.
– Female 82kg. (13 stone) max

H E Archbishop Theodosios Atallah Hanna-Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Most Reverend Monsignor Manuel Musallam Roman Catholic Church Jerusalem, Mr Constantine Dabbagh, Middle East Council of Churches

Derry Friends of Palestine were proud to send representatives to attend an event in Dublin organised as part of the International Solidarity Day with Palestine. We would like to Thank Adnan Shabab from the Embassy and Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland for the invitation. It was a pleasure to meet the Palestinian Ambassador and the event was well received by all who attended.

The event was hosted by Sadaka (in partnership with Christian Aid) and the Palestinian Embassy in Dublin. The event “Christians in Palestine” brought together the leaders of the Christian churches in Palestine. Archbishop Theodosius Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Most Reverend Monsignor Manuel Musallam of the Roman Catholic Church, formerly of the Holy Family Church in Gaza, and Mr Constantine Dabbagh of the Middle East Council of Churches.

Dr. David Mossison of SADAKA has written a report called “Palestine: A Christian Response to Occupation” which is a must read. You can find it HERE The “Chruches for Justice” represented by the Holy men visiting Ireland send a message that all Palestinians, Muslims and Christians alike, are suffering under the illegal siege of Gaza and occupation of Palestine.

Their message to the world?
“We Palestinians Christians declare that the military occupation of our land is a sin against God and humanity”

Sinead MacLochlainn Chair of Derry Friends of Palestine said “It was a great honour to meet H E Archbishop Theodosios Atallah Hanna a well respected man by both Muslims and Christians in the Middle East. Mr Constantine Dabbagh of the Middle East churches also works with Palestinain refugees as well. Coming from a Catholic background, I have long wished to meet Monsignor Manuel Musallam and enjoyed every minute I had with him. He has a great sense of humour and when he speaks he can bring tears to your eyes with his message of unity, compassion and hope. His letter to the world after the invasion of Gaza was stunning.”

These Palestinian Church leaders will be touring Ireland. The tour will include a courtesy visit with President Mary McAleese, a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin, a number of meetings with senior Irish church leaders, a reception with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, a presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs, and a meeting with Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson in the NI Assembly. To view the photos of their Stormont Visit go HERE.

If you missed their tour of Ireland you can see them on RTE. Taken from their Mayo visit here

The Church leaders gathered in the historic setting of Ballintubber Abbey to pray for peace in the Holy Land, prayers were read by representatives of many organisations and churches and included the participation and Sheikh Khalid Sallabi a Imam of the Muslim community in Galway. The gospel was intoned in Arabic in the ancient Orthodox Christian tradition of the Middle East by Archbishop Theodosius from Jerusalem.

This service will be broadcast on RTE radio 1 on St. Stephen’s day (26th of December) at 10.45 am

H.E. Archbishop Theodosios Atallah Hanna Archbishop of Sebastia for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Archbishop Theodosius (Atallah) Hanna was born in 1965 in the village of Al Rameh, Galilee district, Israel. He was ordained in 1991 and since that time has held many prominent positions within the structures of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, including spokesman for the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. He held the position of Secretary General of the Clerical Lay Joint Council of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem and was appointed Professor of Church History and Arab Civilisation at the Arab Teachers College in Haifa. He is the founder of the Orthodox Youth Movement in Jerusalem and the Holy Land and is an active member of the international ecumenical movement both at local and regional level. Alongside his work towards Christian unification, he is a representative at the Geneva-based World Council of Churches. Throughout the Holy Land he is regarded as one of its most prominent religious and spiritual leaders. On the 1st December 2005 he was unanimously elected by the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem as Archbishop of Sebastia (Nablus district).

Most Reverend Monsignor Manuel Musallam
Priest of the Latin (Roman Catholic) Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Monsignor Manuel Musallam was born in British Mandate Palestine in the West Bank town of Birzeit in 1938. He entered the seminary of Beit Jalla, Bethlehem Governorate and became a priest in 1963. He served as a priest in Jordan, then in Jenin, and finally served as parish priest of the Holy Family Parish, Gaza until his retirement in May 2009. During his time in Gaza Monsignor Manuel became known as the “Priest of the Million” in recognition of his unfailing care and concern for both Christian and Muslim alike. He also served as Director of the two Latin Patriarchate Schools in Gaza which are run as co-educational facilities providing for both Muslim and Christian children. Monsignor Musallam is currently President of the Christian World Department at the International Relations Commission and a member of the Islamic Christian Commission in Support of Jerusalem and the Holy Sites and Director of its Birzeit Office.

Mr. Constantine Dabbagh
Executive Director of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) Department of Service for Palestinian Refugees in Gaza

Constantine Dabbagh was born in British Mandate Palestine in the city of Jerusalem in 1938, and in 1947, fled as a refugee to the Gaza Strip. During his life he has worked for the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Gaza and for the United Nations in the Republic of Congo (now Zaire). Constantine currently directs the provision of health care, education and community services for the predominantly Muslim population of Gaza. These services focus on mothers and babies, vocational education and the provision of psycho-social health services to an increasingly traumatised population.

Msgr. Manuel Musallam ran the Holy Family school in Gaza and was the priest at Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza for many years. After the horrific invasion of Gaza as so many laid dead and dying, Father Manual wrote a heartbreaking letter to the world which I remember reading at the time. Shortly after it was put to music and a video made. For those who have not read or seen this letter please view the letter set to music below. Titled “From the Broken Heart of Gaza” a letter by Father Musallam to the world.

INSHALLAH Premier in Derry, organised by Derry Friends of Palestine in partnership with Free Gaza Movement

INSHALLAH Premier in Derry, organised by Derry Friends of Palestine in partnership with Free Gaza Movement

Maurice Jacobsen a US documentary film maker has completed his one year filming of his documentary “Inshallah” inside Gaza. As part of the worldwide film tour, the Director, and his film, will be touring Ireland and we are pleased to announce that Derry Friends of Palestine has secured a screening. We would like to thank the Playhouse for facilitating the event in their newly refurbished theatre.

Sinead MacLochlainn, Chair of Derry Friends of Palestine said today “The Irish premier of this stunning interactive documentary will take place through the month of November in four venues across Ireland. The audience will have the opportunity to become part of the final film edit. In Derry the film will premier at the Playhouse, on Sunday November 14th at 7 pm. After the film there will be discussions with the producer and also a live video conferencing has been arranged between the audience in Derry and a studio in Gaza where a Q&A session between both sides will take place.”

Everyone welcome!! There is no charge for attending the screening, however we welcome donations. Derry’s Playhouse Theatre, Sunday November 14th 7pm

Ms. Maclochlainn continued: “The documentary has just begun screenings and is embarking on an international tour with planned stops in the UK, Ireland, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, US and returning to Gaza in the spring. This will be a “one off” event as the “Inshallah” tour will then move on to other countries after the tour here.”

More information listed below on this unique event followed by the “Inshallah” film trailer:

A new documentary from Gaza directed by Maurice Jacobsen who has been working there for the last year. The documentary will be followed by a live two-way Q&A session at the conclusion of each screening between locals audiences and members of the Gazan community from the studios of the Media Group, Gaza City. The audience discussions and Q&A session with Gaza will be videotaped for inclusion on the project’s companion web site and will be incorporated into the final edit of the documentary. During these sessions an opened dialogue on Gaza will be encouraged.

Galway based coordinator for the Free Gaza Movement, Niamh Moloughney is part of this production team, “I’m delighted to be screening this documentary which gives us a tour of Gaza & it’s creative community. Part of the documentary follows the Freedom Flotilla from the Gaza side. The live link up provides us with another way to break the siege & isolation of Gaza.”

Maurice is bringing with him an idea from Gaza, which needs the support of the international artistic community -‘One of the biggest difficulties of the Gaza situation is communicating the Palestinian narrative to the world community….misinformation and disinformation run rampant.


Tue 9th – Galway TOWN HALL THEATRE @ 8pm
Sun 14th – Derry THE PLAYHOUSE @ 7pm
Mon 15th – Belfast CULTUIRLANN @ 7pm
Thurs 18th Dublin FILMBASE, TEMPLEBAR @ 8pm

Everyone Welcome come show your support and learn how you can help!!

A public meeting will be held in the South-East, on Monday 6th September, to launch a local Irish Ship to Gaza group. The Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign (ISTG) was formed recently to raise funds to send an Irish ship on the Second Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, which is planned for late October or early November. Affiliated organisations include the Irish Anti-War Movement, Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Free Gaza Movement, Derry Friends of Palestine Tyron/Derry to Gaza, Palestinian Right Institute.

The aim of the second flotilla remains the same as the first; to break the illegal Israeli sea blockade and to bring humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

Guest speaker is Dr Fintan Lane (National Coordinator of ISTG, a member of the Free Gaza Movement and a participant on the Freedom Flotilla)


The Parish Pump
New Ross
Co. Wexford


IRISH SHIP TO GAZA by Carlos Latuff

IRISH SHIP TO GAZA by Carlos Latuff

The Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign wishes to thank the great resistance cartoonist Carlos Latuff, for his very kind donation of artwork for the Irish Ship to Gaza and for all his support for our efforts to send an Irish ship to Gaza.

Carlos has done some great work on the BDS campaign and his work is known around the world. He said he has a great love for Ireland and also Palestine, and that it was an honour to create work for Ireland and Palestine together in one cartoon.

Those who comprise the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign represent Irish people and organisations that aim to break this inhuman siege by being part of the Second Freedom Flotilla. We are fundraising to ensure that an Irish ship is among those that set out in October 2010 to break the illegal siege of Gaza.

Please help us ensure that Ireland is fully represented in the Freedom Flotilla 2 to break the siege on Gaza by donating to the Irish Ship to Gaza fund below.



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P.O. Box 96A, 7/12 Dame Street, Dublin 2
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Account Number 33077059



Tomorrow (Friday) 27th August, Dr Fintan Lane of the “Irish Ship to Gaza” all Ireland committee will be speaking in Limerick at the Absolute Hotel, 8:00PM the public is invited to attend.

The event is organized by the Limerick branch of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) who are delighted to have Dr. Fintan Lane, Irish activist from the Freedom Flotilla and Free Gaza Movement speaking. He will be discussing the next Freedom Flotilla which is to sail in October.

There will be an Irish ship taking part in the Freedom Flotilla 2 and Fintan will be outlining plans for the Irish Ship to Gaza and discussing how people can participate in this action to break the siege on Gaza.

Fintan was on board the Irish boat the Challenger 1 when it was attacked and hijacked by Israeli forces on May 31st during the first Freedom Flotilla. The attack resulted in the murder of nine aid activists from the Turkish boat the Mavi Marmara.

This is a great opportunity for the people of Limerick who protested in their hundreds at the brutal invasion of Gaza which left hundreds dead including children, and the recent flotilla attack in international waters. This is a chance for the people of Limerick to get involved with the Irish Ship to Gaza and participate in this unique solidarity initiative which will take place across the island of Ireland.


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There will be a public meeting of the Irish Ship to Gaza initiative in Galway this SATURDAY 28th August at the Nun’s Island Theatre at 4:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend.

We encourage all those in the Galway area who support ending the siege on Gaza to attend this public launch in order to find out how Galway can participate in this unique all Ireland initiative to send an Irish Ship to Gaza on the Freedom Flotilla 2 in October.

Let the siege be broken and let Ireland be there.


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