posted on May, 31 2010 @ 03:15 AM
PASSANGERS LIST OF FREEDOM FLOTILLA :
List of American passengers
Greta Berlin (USA)
A cofounder of the Free Gaza Movement, Greta Berlin since the early 1960s has advocated for justice for the Palestinian people.
She is the mother of two Palestinian/American children, whose father was born and raised in Safad, Palestine.
She has been an outspoken advocate for the rights of Palestinians and has spoken and written extensively about what she has witnessed during her
three trips to the Occupied West Bank.
When not working with Palestinians, Greta has spent 30 years teaching engineers and scientists how to design and deliver presentations.
She has been in the West Bank three times since 2003 and was wounded by Israeli gunfire in July 2003 while trying to pull down the gate in the
fence at Anin, just outside of Jenin.
Hedy Epstein (86)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Hedy was born in Freiburg, Germany on 8/15/1924, the only child of Ella & Hugo Wachenheimer. She lived in Kippenheim, 30 km north of Freiburg,
where her father’s side of the family had lived for generations. She left Germany at 14, in1939, on a Kindertransport (children\’s transport), to
London, England – one of almost 10,000 mostly Jewish children.
Both her parents, as well as other family members, perished in Auschwitz in 1942. In July 1945, she returned to Germany to work for the American
government, first with the U.S. Civil Censorship Division and then as a research analyst at the Nuremberg trial of the Nazi doctors who performed
medical experiments on concentration camp inmates.
In May 1945, she arrived in the United States and quickly became involved in peace and social justice issues.
Since 2003, she has visited Israeli-occupied West Bank five times to witness the effects of Israel’s occupation.
Katherine Elliott Sheetz (63)
Woods Hole, Mass., USA
Kathy Sheetz, 63, is a Registered Nurse with a master’s degree in sustainable development.
She has worked on human rights, health and food security, most often in Haiti.
David Schermerhorn (80)
Deer Harbor, Washington State, USA
David is a commercial film producer and is 80 years young. He was part of the crew of the Free Gaza on its maiden voyage to Gaza in August 2008.
He is an explorer, adventurer and has traveled around the world on boats.
Passenger list from Ireland
Caoimhe Butterly (31)
Caoimhe Butterly is an Irish human rights activist & the Free Gaza Movement’s Gaza coordinator.
She has worked on human rights observation projects and with NGOs in Zimbabwe, Chiapas, Guatemala, Lebanon, Iraq (Voices in the Wilderness) Haiti
Caoimhe lived in the Jenin refugee camp for a year in 2002 before being shot by Israeli soldiers, then deported.
She has worked with human rights organizations, social movements, NGOs, prisoner rights campaigns and as a volunteer on ambulance services during
the massacres in Gaza in December and January, and was a witness to war crimes and white phosphorous attacks, Caoimhe went to Gaza on the second trip
in October 2008, then stayed as one of the two Free Gaza coordinators there. She was also on board the DIGNITY when it was attacked in December
Mairead Maguire (66)
Mairead Maguire is a Nobel Peace Laureate (l976) and Co-founder of Peace People, Northern Ireland. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her
work for peace and a nonviolent solution to the Ethnic/political conflict in Northern Ireland. Mairead has travelled many times to the occupied
territories of Palestine to support the nonviolent peoples’ movement for Human Rights, International Law,and Self Determination of the Palestinian
people. Maguire was shot with a plastic bullet whilst participating with Palestinians/Israelis/Internationals in a peaceful protest March to the Wall
in Bilin, in April, 2007. Mairead went on the maiden Voyage of Dignity in October, 2008, the second successful voyage for the Free Gaza Movement. She
was also on Board ‘Spirit’ when Israel hijacked the Boat in International Waters, taking all 2l humanitarian passengers to Israel, where they were
arrested, detained for a week in an Israeli prison and then deported.
Mark Daly 37
Mark Daly is an Irish Senator. He is a Member of Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Seanad Spokesman on Overseas Development, the
Deputy Government Spokesman on Innovation, and the Coordinator for the National Forum on Europe.
Shane Dillon (36)
Shane is an Irish Seafarer. He has served as Chief Officer on Irish and Briish merchant ships, and is now based in Dublin.
Fiachra O Luain 28
Fiachra Ó Luain is an Irish Peace Activist. Fiachra was an independent candidate in the 2009 European election.
One of the first people to identify and protest the illegal use of Shannon Airport in the build up to the aggressions against Afghanistan and
Iraq; he won his courtcase regarding a blockade of Trident Submarine base.
He was compelled to become a EU candidate upon watching the massacres of Israel’s ‘Operation Cast Lead’, he hopes to help build new
consensus in Europe and the Americas about the gravity of the situation in Gaza
Passenger list of UK
Alex Harrison (32)
Alex Harrison is a solidarity worker living between London and the Middle East.
She lived and worked in Balata, Nablus in the West Bank during the intifada. When she tried to visit family in Palestine in 2006 and 2008, the
Israeli authorities denied her entry.
Alex was on board the Spirit of Humanity (8th Voyage) when Israeli forces hijacked the boat and abducted the passengers.
She is determined to return to Palestine and plans to work do long-term human rights monitoring in Gaza.
Theresa McDermott (43)
Theresa McDermott is a postal logistics worker from Edinburgh. She spent a month in Palestine in 2004 with the ISM, and has served as crew on
several Free Gaza voyages, including the first trip in 2008, as well as aboard the Spirit in July 2009, when it was highjacked by Israeli naval
Denis Healey (55)
Denis has been involved with boats for 45 years, beginning with small fishing boats in Portsmouth.
He has been captain of the Dignity on several successful voyages to Gaza, and was captain of the Spirit when it was high