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Leader of Free Gaza Boat Movement to visit India

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Malegaon: The Palestinian lady who is spearheading the international movement to break the cruel and illegal Israeli blockade of Palestine’s Gaza Strip is visiting India partly sponsored by MG. She will be in Delhi during 28-30 September. Huwaida Arraf   will be reaching Mumbai on September 25 and will come to Delhi on 28. A Palestinian-American, Huwaida Araf received her Bachelors degrees from the University of Michigan, and her Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law, where she focused on international human rights and humanitarian law. In 2001 Huwaida co-founded the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. During 2007-2008, Huwaida taught human rights law at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem. She was one of the initiators and organizers of a delegation of American lawyers to Gaza in February 2009, and co-authored the report on their findings, "Onslaught: Israel's Attack on Gaza and the Rule of Law." She made history when in July 2009 she set for Gaza on a ship as part of what she termed as 'Free Gaza Boat Movement'. The passengers included Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S.  Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The ship also carried three tons of medical aid, children's toys, and rehabilitation and reconstruction kits for twenty family homes.

"The objective of Huwaida's visit to India is to get the country involve far more deeply than hitherto, into the International Palestine Solidarity Movement", said Firoz Mithiborewala who is coordinating the tour.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2009 on page no. 1

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