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Michael Coleman: Tahrir Take Two

Australian Delegate Aboard November "Canadian Boat to Gaza".

by Miles Howe

Michael Coleman. Photo: Miles Howe
Michael Coleman. Photo: Miles Howe

On November 4th, the Israeli Navy attacked the Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir, and the Irish ship, the Saoirse, as they attempted to break Israel's blockade of Gaza. Aboard the Tahrir was about $50,000 worth of medical aid, in short supply in Gazan hospitals thanks to Israel's unconscionable block of medical supplies to the occupied territory.

Palestinian solidarity activist, and youth worker, Michael Coleman, was aboard the Tahrir. The Australian Coleman also took part in the Tahrir's maiden voyage, in the "Freedom Flotilla II", the far larger international contingent of ships bound for Gaza. Aside from one ship, the Karama, which managed to challenge the Israelis, all other ships in the Flotilla were either sabotaged, or forcibly halted in Greek territorial waters.

The two ship "Freedom Waves" flotilla, this time sailed from Turkey.

Please enjoy Michael Coleman's first-hand account of the Tahrir's November voyage.



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