More than 400 New Yorkers crowded into the Marco Polo Marina on 23 rd Street at the FDR Drive last night
for a sunset cruise around Manhattan to support the U.S. Boat to Gaza.
The boat, named The Audacity of Hope, will sail under the U.S. flag as part of a new international Freedom Flotilla
whose organizers are vowing to break the siege of Gaza this fall.
Ranging in age from 18 to 89,
supporters from around New York and as far away as Hawaii heard prominent journalists, actors, musicians, poets,
and survivors of past flotillas express feelings of urgency about the situation in Gaza
and distress at their own country’s role in it.