An update from Andy Stepanian, co-founder of the Sparrow Project.
For the past 24 hours I have been glued to twitter as a few of my close friends set out with the US Boat to Gaza with hopes of documenting the breaking of the maritime blockade that has economically crippled Gaza since 2006 and isolated 1.6 million Palestinians in what some humanitarians are calling “the world’s largest open-air prison.”
Shortly after my release from the Communications Management Unit I started a project, reaching out to families of political prisoners still held in the CMU. It was through these efforts that I met two amazing people — Paul Park and Noor Elashi. I met Paul while documenting the efforts of Project Palestine. Paul directed and shot this video and Noor helped story board the piece.
With high profile interviews from academics, humanitarians and artists their video provides a brilliant response to the accusations levied against the flotilla by media outlets that support the blockade. As activists we already understand that the flotilla’s purpose is not one of confrontation nor is it aligned with any Palestinian authority, but savvy PR initiatives by many special interests are quick to label the flotilla as such and in-tern they cultivate fear and distrust within the Israeli populace, inflame IDF forces that may at one point engage the flotilla, and control the flotilla narrative amidst the international community. It is important that we as activists turn the tide in the smothering public relations efforts levied from these special interests. Please take a moment this afternoon to share their video on social networks, twitter, etc.
We will be posting updates on and from the flotilla in real time via our twitter account http://twitter.com/sparrowmedia we invite you to join this conversation and help us to wage our own grassroots PR effort in solidarity with the people of Gaza.
All the best,