Freedom Sailors: Book Launch with Bill Dienst
Tuesday, February 19, 7pm
People’s Co-op Books
1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.
In order to break the illegal siege, in August 2008, the Free Gaza Movement sent international boats to land in the port of Gaza, the first in 41 years. Freedom Sailors tells the story of 44 passengers on two dilapidated boats that sailed to Gaza and breached Israel’s illegal blockade. Hear co-editor Bill Dienst launch Freedom Sailors in Vancouver, and learn more about the Canadian Boat to Gaza’s new project, Gaza’s Ark. Bill was on board the LIBERTY on August 23, 2008 when it sailed into Gaza Port.
“A riveting account of one of the great moments in the history of non-violent resistance: breaking the criminal and sadistic siege of Gaza…” – Noam Chomsky, Ph.D. – Professor, MIT
“Freedom Sailors is a powerful record of the political and humanitarian activity of some of the best humans we are ever likely to meet. – Alice Walker, Earthling poet, writer and activist.
Bill Dienst is a physician in Omak, Washington. In 1985, after an intensive summer course in Arabic, Bill spent a half year in Egypt, the West Bank and Gaza volunteering with Palestinian healthcare organizations, and the Palestine Red Crescent Society headquartered in Egypt. He has been to Palestine on trips sponsored by the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility to Israel/Palestine and with the Palestine Medical Relief Society.