Sailing


By Ben F
November 2, 2011
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Sailing

New flotilla 'headed toward Gaza'
Published today (updated) 02/11/2011 19:43

Fishermen are seen working near the coast of the Mediterranean Sea,
near Gaza City (MaanImages/Wissam Nassar, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A flotilla carrying medication is bound for the Gaza Strip after quietly departing a Mediterranean port, activists announced on Wednesday.

The Canadian Tahrir and the Irish Saoirse are carrying 27 people from nine countries, organizers said. The ships are carrying a symbolic cargo of $30,000 in medication.

The ships were in international waters Wednesday and hoping to reach Gaza by Friday. They set sail from Fethiye, Turkey, according to activists on board the two ships.

The "Freedom Waves to Gaza" kept the voyage secret until now due to accusations in July that Israel tried to sabotage a previous effort, the activists said in a statement Wednesday.

"Israel's actions in extending its illegal blockade all the way to shores of Greece required that we organize this new effort quietly," the Canadian Boat to Gaza wrote on its Twitter account.

US-based news channel Democracy Now posted footage of activists on board the Tahrir.

"Israel has caged Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, prohibiting physical contact between us. We want to break the siege Israel has imposed on our people," said Majd Kayyal, a student from Haifa.

"The fact that we’re in international waters is already a victory for the movement. Israel's siege of Gaza is untenable and it's a moral responsibility to put an end to this injustice."

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Advis3r

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:10

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A ship full of fools who are kidding no one - the UN has determined the blockade is legal. Is this just another stunt to spend a day on the beach at Ashdod before being deported - got to hope the terrorists in Gaza don't fire any rockets when they land would be a total embarrassment if they got killed by a grad fired from Gaza now wouldn't it?


Real Real Zionist

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 17:59

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Jose, do you accept the UN report that I assume you're referring to above?


Real Real Zionist

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 18:00

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And do you accept the Goldstone report?


Advis3r

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 19:00

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Fool even Mr Goldstone does not accept the Goldstone report!!!

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