- John Turnbull, Captain – Canada
- Francisco Canales, 1:a mate – Spain
- Pascal Maurieras, 2:a mate – France
- Tobbe Larsson, Sweden
- Ferry Sarpooshan, Sweden
- Carl Robert Staiger, Sweden
- Karin Sandfridsson, Sweden
- Ellen Hansson, Sweden
- My Rut Leffler, Sweden
- Anna Dressler, Sweden – Germany
- Ian Diaz Young, England – Spain -Hispan TV/England
- Richard Sudan, Press TV/England
1. JOHN TURNBULL, CAPTAIN, SAILING ON THE FREEDOM
Sailing and history have been two passions in his life. Raised as a Unitarian, he has also been an activist for justice. Working with the Canadian Boat to Gaza was a natural progression. He participated on the Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir, in Greece and in Turkey as ground and support crew.
“I grew up in Canada at a time when Canadians took pride in their respect for Human Rights and their role in international affairs as peace keepers. Of course, this was a national myth, but there was a strong historical basis in fact in a post-war world. I now understand that justice prevails only when ordinary people demand it. Politicians don’t lead. Activists do.”
2. FRANCISCO CANALES, SAILING ON THE FREEDOM
Activist convinced and committed to the ecological and humanitarian movement, councilman in my town hall. Being aware of the state of oppression in which the Palestinian people are and knowing that I can contribute my knowledge sailors to this cause of the flotilla of freedom, I decide to participate from the base that all fight towards freedom is born of the most ancient and primitive causes.
“Solidarity” in all its facets. These are times when more than ever we all have to contribute our effort for a fairer world.
Activista convencido y comprometido con el movimiento ecologista y humanitario, concejal en mi ayuntamiento. Siendo consciente del estado de opresion en el que se encuentra el pueblo Palestino y sabiendo que puedo aportar mis conocimientos marineros a esta causa de la flotilla de la libertad, me decido a participar partiendo de la base que toda lucha hacia la libertad nace de la mas antigua y primitiva de las causas.
“La solidaridad” en todas sus facetas. Son tiempos donde mas que nunca todos debemos aportar nuestro esfuerzo por un mundo más justo.
3. PASCAL MAUREIRA, SAILING ON THE FREEDOM
I participate in the flotilla because I always had political and union commitments where the solidarity of peoples was paramount.
To accept the conditions of existence of the Palestinian people is to accept that tomorrow other peoples, even the French people, will be treated in the same way. Moreover knowing myself to sail, it was natural that I propose my help to this action.
Je participe a la flotille car j’ai toujours eu des engagements politiques et syndicaux oū la solidarite des peuples etait primordiale.
Accepter les conditions d’existence du peuple palestinien, c’est accepter que demain d’autes peuples, meme le peuple francais, soient traités de la même facon.
De plus sachant moi-même naviguer, c’etait naturel que je propose mon aide a vette action.
4. TOBBE LARSSON, SAILING ON THE FREEDOM
A great-grandfather who soon becomes grandfather, teacher and electrician. Have been in many solidarity organizations where isolating South Africa can be said to be the beginning of how my view on the world has come to be.
What is happening in Israel / Palestine is simply wrong and now I have the opportunity to participate in an action that shines the light on this conflict and perhaps also brings the people hope for the future.
I also look forward to (on a personal level) trying out travelling at sea.
5. FERRY SARPOOSHAN, SAILING ON THE FREEDOM
I was born in Iran, living in Sweden since 1980. I have studied for operation technician at KTH in Stockholm and started working at SL tunnelbana AB 1985 as a switch operator.
With my participation in Ship to Gaza, I want to draw attention to the world’s freedom fighters and politicians that the blockade of Gaza is INHUMAN and illegal. It has to be ended.
“You can not close your eyes when civilians, like women and children, suffer for decades without the hope for life. What is happening in Gaza is terrible. Therefore, the blockade must be broken.”
6. CARL ROBERT STAIGER, SAILING ON THE FREEDOM
Sailed with Freedom from Stenungsund to Gothenburg where I helped to prepare the ship. We must all do what we can to help the people of Gaza.
Now that the situation has become the most difficult. I felt that I could and wanted to contribute more. Therefore, with the last leg of Gaza, I am sailing in solidarity with the residents there, and with all those who fight against oppression and violence.
7. KARIN SANDFRIDDSON, SEGLAR MED FREEDOM
I travel with a luggage containing solidarity and compassion.
The physical existence of the ship sometimes feels secondary.
What matters to me is that we are talking, screaming, debating, spreading our opinions. That we go to Gaza for all those who can never travel there.
Now we break the blockade!
8. ELLEN HANSSON, SAILING ON THE FREEDOM
I am 31 years old and lives in Gothenburg, musician and student, graduating as international cultural project leader in May.
I sail with Ship to Gaza for justice, as all people, regardless of where in the world, are entitled to their basic human rights.
When the outside world is watching and politicians and leaders continue to be passive, we must act as grassroots movement and pull the eyes of the world towards Gaza. I strongly believe that, as peaceful activists, we have a great power to arouse opinion, generate support and show the Palestinians in Gaza that they are not alone or forgotten.
“It is our responsibility as fellow human beings and we must not give up until we have succeeded”
9. MY LEFFLER, SAILING ON THR FREEDOM
The main reason for me to participate in “Ship to Gaza” is to personalize Israel’s immoral and civilian occupation of the Palestinian people on a personal level.
Practically approaching Gaza with supplies and under the outside world trying to break the blockade feels necessary. Women have always been deeply engaged in the peace struggle and ties can be tied between sisters on both sides of the conflict.
“Talking and listening as tools in peace work is the only possibility for long-term and sustainable agreements.”
10. ANNA DRESSLER, SAILING ON THE FREEDOM
Born in Germany, living in Sweden but mostly out on travel and ‘projects’ around the globe. Activist and problem solver, a normal person with a diversity of professions.
In 2012, I was a Project Leader for an anti-money laundering campaign. In 2015-2016, I participated in a private project working with refugees near the Macedonian border and along the Balkan route. I enjoy my freedom wholeheartedly and want others to have the same opportunity.
“Gaza is a zone in the world where laws of human rights seem to be forgotten. I believe that every person can change the world, in their own way, wherever they are and in whatever way they can. Lets start here, with a blockade that should never have existed, and continues, along with all other man-made catastrophes.”
11. RICHARD SUDAN, SAILING ON THE FREEDOM – JOURNALIST
12. IAN DIAZ YOUNG, SAILING ON THE FREEDOM JOURNALIST