The British-American activist Mary Hughes Thompson died yesterday after suffering from cancer, leaving behind her a life of struggle that she spent defending the Palestinian cause, believing in the right of the youngest Palestinian child to live and defend his land until the occupation ends.

Dr. Mona Al-Farra, a community activist who is considered Mary's companion and close friend, said that she met her during 2007 in Los Angeles, California, USA, and at that time a group of activists had an idea to break the Israeli blockade that was imposed on the Gaza Strip in 2007, They had the idea of ​​breaking the blockade by sea with boats, and indeed we encouraged them to implement the idea after it was presented to us, and we assured them that it would require a media momentum that would expose the occupation practices against two million Palestinians in Gaza, even if you were prevented from reaching the shores of the besieged Gaza Strip.
Al-Farra added that after that, these activists, including Mary, announced the establishment of the "Free Gaza" movement and began to communicate with many activists from different countries of the world to mobilize this idea.
We also established in Gaza the International Committee to End the Siege, accompanied by the late Dr. Iyad Al-Sarraj and a group of civil society activists, and we started inviting the "Free Gaza" movement to receive them in Gaza.

Dr. Al-Farra pointed out that the activist Mary was in the midst of all these movements, but she was far from the media and did not like to appear and worked silently and throughout her life she was one of the most prominent solidarity with the Palestinian cause, adding: "After that they arrived in Gaza, and Mary brought with her socks, medicines and milk for the children," Our relationship with her continued after that on the basis of solidarity with the Palestinian people, and we used to meet once a year, but three months ago I called Mary and she told me that we would not meet this year as usual in Manchester, so I thought that she intended to close because of the virus pandemic, but she told me after that she was infected. A cancerous tumor, and the doctors told her that it is completely spread in her body and she may die within two months, and she passed away yesterday.

Dr. Al-Farra confirmed that Mary is a figure representing a very large group of activists scattered around the world who work to support the Palestinian cause and solidarity with the rights of the Palestinian people based on what this people and these activists decide, and work permanently so that our people can obtain all their rights, foremost among which is the right of return.

She pointed out that this work is long-term and accumulated and needs to continue, and every time I travel abroad, I see that the international solidarity movement with the Palestinian cause is always increasing little by little, and all activists, including Mary, always confirm that the Palestinian people still live a cause of national liberation and have a cause. Political, not a matter of aid or mercy.