Ship to Gaza is in Palermo, Sicily, Gaza Soon
by Kevin Neish
Well the Ship to Gaza, the Marianne av Goteborg, is now in Palermo Sicily in Italy. We had a beautiful crossing from Motril Spain, our last port. Unfortunately I was not able to find time to send any report from Motril, as I was very busy repairing the air conditioning on the ship, which had been officially declared beyond repair by the Spanish repairmen. Luckily I’m good at resurrecting the dead, so we now have air conditioning, which is crucial, as it is extremely hot and humid.
Many activists in Spain made references to the Internationale Brigades from Spain’s 1936 fight against Franco fascists in comparing them to us going to Palestine. As it happens I helped organize the placement of a memorial stone to two Canadian brothers from Cumberland, Gordon and Archie Keenen, who went to Spain in '36 with the Mackenzie Papineau battalion, where Gordon died at the battle of the Ebro River.
On our way from Lisbon to Motril we passed a huge fortified point of land which was the site of the last battle of the Republican Spanish fighters against Franco’s fascist forces. The democratic Republican fighters would not surrender despite being vastly overpowered by Franco’s forces supported by Nazi Germany and fascist Italian fighters and weapons. So they were actually driven into the sea.
One can only imagine what heroic battles took place on this cliff in 1939. And now today Spain is about to elect a progressive left wing government, so that is evidence that all evil eventually is defeated, as it will with the Zionists in Israel-Palestine.
Bye for now from Palermo.