Gaza’s Ark is an international project to focus the world's attention on the continuing Israeli restrictions that prevent the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip from importing and exporting freely -- and thus building a viable economy. We will build a boat in Gaza using existing resources. A crew of internationals and Palestinians will sail it out of Gaza, the only Mediterranean port closed to shipping, carrying Palestinian products to fulfill trade deals with international buyers, to challenge the illegal and inhuman Israeli blockade.
If Israel acts as it has in the past to prevent the "Ark" from sailing, the effort itself will have shone a bright light on the talents within Gaza, and the people's ability to free themselves of aid dependence if just given the chance.
Although it will help in a very limited manner to alleviate Gaza’s unemployment crisis by paying wages to the boat builders and providing business opportunities to traders, Gaza’s Ark is not an aid project. It is a peaceful action against the blockade which Israel unilaterally and illegally imposes on Gaza.