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on November 4, 2015
Freedom Sellers should be a Mandatory Read for all Americans! This book details one of the most amazing Journeys of a humanitarian mission. I read it ten times, laughed and cried every time. History was made and why it is not well known a tragedy. The historical context as well as the SS Liberty relates to current events still allowed to occur. The Freedom Sailors are hero's their story should be heard!
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on September 15, 2015
Interesting account related to the 1.8 million residents of Gaza, the largest open-air prison in the world.
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on August 22, 2012
What an amazing book written by 24 of the 44 intrepid sailors who brave the elements and the Israeli juggernaut to sail to Gaza. Worth every cent you pay for it. It's one great way to witness what activists can do in the face of overwhelming odds; suspicious death of one organizer, losing all the money and starting over, ongoing threats by supporters of Israel, bad weather and the Israeli navy turning off all communications for most of the 32 hours these two small boats were at sea.

I could not put it down
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on December 8, 2012
"Freedom Sailors" is a riveting account of how 44 avowed, non-violent peace activists sailed their two barely seaworthy boats past the naval blockade of Gaza and thus became the first vessels to break the siege in 41 years. How these leaderless, "hardheaded, independent-minded, stubborn" individuals from 17 different nations planned and accomplished this feat in 2008 is graphically told here from several perspectives. For example, many passengers write how their "honeymoon of romantic visions disappeared as reality kicked in and problem upon problem landed in" their laps, leading to fear, paranoia, and stress. Before embarking on their dangerous voyage, each courageous passenger even had to make out a will and say how their bodies should be disposed of!
I was held spellbound by reading "Freedom Sailors" and am glad that the "majority of the Royalties earned from this book will be donated to Gaza-based humanitarian organizations." Alan T. Marty MD
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on April 19, 2013
This is an incredible book. I could not put it down and read it in one night, staying up late just to finish. I cried, I laughed, but most of all, I appreciated the insightful and thoughtful writing and work that went into writing this account of some very brave activists. Kudos and may we all have the courage of the Freedom Sailors!!!
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on October 11, 2012
In every human rights and peace movement, there is a watershed moment that galvanizes a community giving them hope and in Dr. King's words makes them believe that the "long arc of the universe bends towards justice."

Rosa Parks was that watershed for civil rights. The first boat to Gaza is the pivotal event that raised awareness to the world in general and gave hope to peace activists in particular regarding the Israel Occupation and human rights for Palestinians.

When the boats made it through to Gaza, I remember being in absolute awe of the individuals that did it. After reading this book, it only deepens my respect. They weren't rich. Nor experts in maritime maneuvering. They were ordinary individuals with an extraordinary vision and grit determination and persistence.

I thought the layout of the book was clever in providing narratives from different participants as it gave a flavor to what each was thinking/hoping/worrying about during the journey that led to this historic event.
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on October 10, 2012
people should be more aware of the atrocities that go on throughout this world.
this book helps to illustrate that things are not all great in the gaza strip.
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on September 25, 2012
Freedom Sailors takes the reader along on an incredible journey, with all its ups and downs, that started with an audacious idea and led to the creation of a movement. Through the collective accounts of its protagonists, the book tells the story of what can only be described as an adventure -- in every sense of the word -- in solidarity.

Prepare yourself for an emotional rollercoaster, for you will experience being seasick, in the dark, far from shore, with no communication (Israel cut the ships' communications), catch sight of the tens of thousands waiting to greet the first boats to dock in Gaza's port since 1967, and get to know life in Gaza under Israel's profoundly unjust siege.

At risk of sounding cliché, let me say this story is a tribute to the human spirit, from the small group who went to great lengths to challenge a wrong, to all those who believed in their crazy idea, to the Palestinian people who endure under Israeli imposed inhumane conditions.

And it is a lesson to all of us who have, at one time or another, backed down when the odds were stacked against us.
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on October 2, 2012
What a group of very brave men and women who left their work and other obligations to expose a crime of ethnic cleansing being committed for more than 60 years now. It is a shame that the "Jewish State" is carrying on a Holocaust of its own against civilians. I encourage everyone who is interested in learning about this tragedy to read not only Freedom Sailors but also "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Elan Pappe", "The General's Son by Miko Peled", and "The Holocaust Industry by Norman Finklestine". Those are all very decent Jews who are telling the truth about a criminal apartheid state called Israel. Go there and see for yourself how racism is everywhere enshrined in the laws that govern the land.

Freedom Sailors is written by people who are simply very decent human beings and I am so very proud to know some of them personally.

As for the individuals who say the usual negative things about anyone trying to tell the truth about the criminal state, they never provide an arguement based on facts. Name calling is all what they are good at but come out and have a debate of course not. Thank you Freedom Sailors for proving to all of us that there are still very very decent human beings around.
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on September 2, 2012
The citizen activists who recount their stories in "Freedom Sailors" put their lives on the line for an ideal by boarding two questionable old fishing boats to challenge Israel's illegal blockade of Gaza. They are to be celebrated as heroes and the real upholders of small "d" democracy.

The ideal they upheld in word and deed is that indigenous Palestinians have the right to live as free people in the land their ancestors have lived on since time immemorial. "Indigenous Palestinians" are those Christians, Muslims and Jews who lived together peaceably in historic Palestine until the unilateral creation of the state of Israel in 1948. Yes, Jews are indeed indigenous to Palestine, but the indigenous Jews of Palestine were considered Jewish Arabs in the same way that there are Christian Arabs and Muslim Arabs - sharing the same Arabic language, food, music and culture. The European Jewish colonizers of Palestine are not the indigenous Jews of Palestine and they are not "returning to their ancient homeland," They never lived there. They are descendants of Eastern Europeans, who converted to Judaism in the 8th century. And they continue to steal and colonize Palestinian land and kill Palestinians.

Citizen activists like the Freedom Sailors are the people Margaret Mead was referring to in her famous quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

The smears of "anti-Semitism" (yawn) in the negative reviews here are old and tired and totally discredited. They are written by the Zionist state's ever vigilant, ever aggressive watchdogs who are ready to pounce on anyone standing up and speaking out for freedom, justice and peace for Palestinians and their ancestral homeland. Ignore them. (But first we should thank them for bringing so much attention to "Freedom Sailors" and assuring that the book's sales outstrip all expectations!) When the only two countries in the United Nations voting to support Israel's illegal occupation and colonization of Palestine are the United States and Micronesia (does everyone know where that is?) it's clear that world opinion supports the Palestinians and views the Zionist state as being on the wrong side of history.

Buy this book and read it! It's a lovely heartfelt account of this human rights adventure on the high seas by the courageous members of the Free Gaza movement, who threw self-interest to the Mediterranean winds in an effort to defy Israel and meet and greet the Gaza population of Palestine in their own seaport on their own land.
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