The Palestinian lady who made the headlines after she traveled to
Gaza in July this year on a ship carrying tons of food
grains, medicines and other rehabilitation and reconstruction kits
for Palestinian families, will be visiting India in the next few
Huwaida Araf, the Palestinian lady and
the architect of the Free Gaza Boat Movement is arriving India on a
week long visit, says president of Awami Bharat and renowned
activist Feroze Mithiborwala.
She will be reaching Mumbai on
September 25 and will be in the town till September 27 before
leaving for New Delhi, says Feroze.
A Palestinian-American and also a
citizen of Israel, 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 her studies
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. From 2007 - 2008 Huwaida taught in a human rights law clinic at Al-Quds University in
Jerusalem, the first legal clinic in the Arab World.
Huwaida 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."
Huwaida created history when in July
2009 she set for Gaza on a ship as part of what she termed as 'Free
Gaza Boat Movement'. She was accompanied by
twenty-one human rights and solidarity workers representing eleven
different countries. 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", says Feroze
to ummid.com on phone.
"Huwaida is planning a next trip to
Gaza and as a natural corollary, we intend to have at least two
prominent Indians, preferably Parliamentarians, on board the Free
Gaza Boat along with Nobel Prize Winners, Prominent International
Human Rights Figures, Journalists, Senators & Congressmen from the
US, EU, South America, Africa and other countries", says Feroze.
Huwaida is expected to address various
meetings in Mumbai and Delhi before she finally leaves for Palestine
on October 1, 2009.