Corfu, 3rd of July: Open Letter to Mr. Papandreou by Martjin Dekker

Open Letter to Mr. Papandreou

by Martijn Dekker on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 1:16pm

Corfu, 3rd of July



Dear Mr. Papandreou,


We, members of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla II, are outraged by your government’s decision to close the ports of Greece to our humanitarian initiative, even by force if needed. From all parts of the world we have come to the shores of Greece, leaving behind our work places and families, in order to peacefully put into practice our solidarity with the oppressed people of Gaza.


This decision not only violates the consecrated principle within international law of the freedom of the seas and the ancient tradition of freedom of the Mediterranean, but also disregards the claims for democracy and self-determination of the people of Palestine as well as of the non-governmental organizations we represent.


It is totally incomprehensible to us and fills us with just wrath that the Greek government closes the ports to our ships at the very moment in which you, Mr. Papandreou, have been constantly expressing the need for solidarity with the Greek people. You and your government acting as an ally of Israel in the Palestinian question means you also seem to have forgotten the struggle against the military dictatorship in your own country.


The members of this international peace mission therefore demand, on behalf of the people of Gaza, for us the same right to move that has been granted for centuries to the Greek people in our countries.




Nourdin el Ouali

Ibrahim Belaidi

Rafiq Fris

Amar Harraoui

Anne de Jong

Manu van Kersbergen

Marloes Kuijer

Max van Lingen

Chris Verweij

Delegation from The NETHERLANDS


Immad Kareem

Delegation from AUSTRALIA


Leo Gabriel

Delegation from AUSTRIA


Monder Nemri

Delegation from BELGIUM


Ines Mizic

Delegation from BOSNIA


Antonio Padron

Delegation from CUBA


Dr. Samir Kazkaz

Delegation from GERMANY


Ewa Jasiewicz



Fintan Lane

Delegation from IRELAND


Vauro Senesi

Delegation from ITALY


Nooravman Samsuddin

Delegation from MALAYSIA


Gunnar Rutle

Delegation from NORWAY


Nadia Kevorkova

Delegation from RUSSIA


Fernando Jose Forsthuber

Delegation from SPAIN


Giovanni Esposito

Delegation from SWITZERLAND


Khalid Tuhraani


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