Our 2023 boat started its voyage in Kristiansund, Norway, in early April 2023, thanks to our friends and partners at Ship to Gaza Norway and Palestinakomiteen i Norge. The boat was named at a ceremony in Bergen on April 17, by Fauzia Hussain-Wiik, Bergen head of Landsorganisasjonen i Norge (LO), the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions. The boat is called Handala in honour of the emblematic Palestinian refugee child who yearns to return to a free Palestine.
We are proud to announce one of our members is onboard as a volunteer, helping to promote next years humanitarian mission sailing from Laggan Locks to Liverpool. Good luck Mags
Who We Are
The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) is a grassroots people-to-people solidarity movement composed of campaigns and initiatives from different parts of the world, working together to end the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza. Our member organizations include: Canadian Boat to Gaza, Freedom Flotilla Italia, My Care Malaysia, Kia Ora Gaza [New Zealand / Aotearoa], Ship to Gaza Norway, Palestine Solidarity Alliance [South Africa], Rumbo a Gaza [Spain], Ship to Gaza Sweden, Mavi Marmara Freedom and Solidarity Association [Turkey], US Boat to Gaza, and the International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza. Our partner organizations include the Palestine Solidarity Campaign [Britain], Free Gaza Australia and the Platform of NGOs for Palestine [France]. See also our FAQ page.
Our partners in Gaza include:
Union of Agricultural Work Committees – represents Palestinian fishers and farmers and empowers their steadfastness and sovereignty, within a sustainable community-based, liberational developmental framework.
We are Not Numbers – aspiring and inspiring young Palestinian journalists telling the human stories behind the numbers in the news about the blockade.
The Freedom Flotilla Coalition was formed after the 2010 Freedom Flotilla, to coordinate action between numerous local campaigns in maritime efforts to end the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza.
We respect everyone’s human rights regardless of race, gender, tribe, religion, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, or language.
Our actions against the blockade are always governed by the principles of non-violence and non-violent resistance.
We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, but support no particular political party or organization.
There is extensive information about previous Freedom Flotillas here. Previous Freedom Flotilla missions have included: Ship to Gaza Greece, the European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza and Miles of Smiles.