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Israel last night warned an attempt by peace activists to sail two wooden boats to the Gaza Strip was a “provocation” and said it would prevent them reaching their destination.
A group of 46 activists set sail yesterday morning from Cyprus and were hoping to reach Gaza later today to challenge the economic blockade Israel has imposed on the strip and to deliver a cargo of 200 hearing aids for a deaf school and 5,000 balloons.
Another passenger, Huwaida Arraf, a Palestinian with Israeli and US citizenship, said: “The siege that the Israelis have imposed on Gaza is not only illegal in terms of international law, it is also immoral. Global institutions and the governments of the world know what is happening and are not doing anything about it.”
Its quite shameful that while the foreign secretary blusters about Georgia, nothing is being said about the continuing blockade of Gaza. Well done to these non-violent protestors.
Osama Qashoo has also has a personal account about this on CIF.
The protestors also have a website – freegaza.org/
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