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According to Hamas activist Jamal al-Khudari, chairman of the Popular Committee Against the Siege, more than ten flotillas for the Gaza Strip are now being planned in the Arab and Islamic world as well as in other countries. He noted that Israel’s reaction (to the previous flotilla) will only result in additional initiatives. Members of the Hamas de-facto administration's anti-siege committee even mentioned being aware of intensive preparations worldwide to launch more flotillas to the Gaza Strip
Iran’s Red Crescent Society announced that a decision to launch two aid ships to
the Gaza Strip was made at a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.The ships are set to depart this coming weekend (according to another version, that campaign will include three aid ships and an airplane). Red Crescent official Abdul Rauf Adibzadeh said that one of the ships will be loaded with supplies donated by the Iranian people, and the other will carry relief personnel.
In that context, it was reported that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
considers instructing the Revolutionary Guards to provide military escort to the
ships en route to the Gaza Strip. Ali Shirazi, Khamenei’s representative in the Revolutionary Guards, said that the Iranian navy is prepared to escort the Gaza peace flotilla with all its forces and capabilities.
Free Palestine Organization and Reporters Without Borders Association, two
Lebanese NGOs (front organizations?), announced their decision to launch this weekend an aid ship to the Gaza Strip with 50 journalists and 25 European activists on board, including parliament members. The ship, named Naji al-Ali, will carry humanitarian aid and school supplies
A Sudanese organization called Palestine Aid Committee announced it was
planning to send an aid ship with medical supplies, iron, and cement to the Gaza Strip (Safa, June 5, 2010). The ship will depart from the Port Sudan harbor after donations from official and private sources are secured
Turkey’s PM Tayyip Erdogan is considering the possibility of personally taking part in a flotilla to the Gaza Strip under the escort of Turkish warships. According to the report, Turkish government officials asked him for some time to look into the implications of it
Free Gaza, a pro-Palestinian organization which actively participated in the previous flotilla, is now working to arrange another flotilla. Nidal Hejazi, a Free Gaza senior official in Norway, said that the organization is now planning to purchase a ship from Norway to set sail to the Gaza Strip as soon as possible. He said he hoped to organize a flotilla consisting of more than ten ships from other
Viva Palestina—George Galloway, a pro-Palestinian former British MP with close
ties to the Hamas de-facto administration, announced that two parallel convoys will
depart for the Gaza Strip, one by sea and the other by land, immediately
after the month of Ramadan (which ends on October 12 this year). The convoys,
which he described as the biggest in history, will be organized by the Viva Palestina
organization and the international community
The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG)3—ECESG activist
Rami Abdo said that there are plans to fund yet another flotilla. According to Abdo,
there are four ships preparing to set sail to the Gaza Strip, and several more
ships which can be purchased have been located. He said that the purpose of
the next flotilla will not be simply to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip but alsoto break the “siege” imposed on it. Several hundred people will reportedly take part in the flotillas
Cooperation between various organizations—there is a great deal of contradictory
information on activities to organize a new flotilla called Freedom Fleet 2. According to the information, several organizations (such as Free Gaza and ECESG) are to take part in the flotilla, which is supposed to set sail in one month. For now, it remains unclear how many ships will take part in it, even though the plan is to make it bigger than its predecessor
ECESG founder Iyad al-Saraj said that the convoy will be made up of 15 ships
with at least one thousand passengers on board (Radio Sawa, June 5, 2010). Free Gaza spokeswoman Greta Berlin said that her organization has teamed up with ECESG to launch three more ships to the Gaza Strip in September or October 2010
German Jews are preparing to send a ship loaded with humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip at the end of July despite an Israeli blockade, a representative for the initiative said on Thursday.
"The list of passengers has not been drawn up yet but we have a lot of requests from around the world," said Edith Lutz, who is preparing the journey for the German chapter of European Jews for a Just Peace.
Despite initial delays, Egyptian authorities have allowed an
Algerian aid convoy into the besieged Gaza Strip.
Accompanying the convoy of medical equipment and food aid was a delegation
of three parliamentarians and other senior figures.
The Algerian Society for Guidance and Reform sent the aid in solidarity with
Palestinians following Israel's deadly raid on an aid flotilla.
Egyptian authorities had refused to allow the delegation into Gaza through
its Rafah crossing, despite that it was declared open indefinitely. Egyptian
sources said the delegation was informed that only three parliamentarians
would be allowed to enter, and without the aid.
The delegation rejected the offer, and three were eventually permitted to
enter with the aid, officials said.
Yasser Qashlaq, the director of the Free Palestine Movement, said on Thursday that up to 50 ships could join the Freedom Flotilla II,
Meanwhile, the movement, in cooperation with Reporters Without Borders, is organizing a new mission to send educational supplies to the children of the besieged Palestinian territory. Qashlaq said a ship would depart from Lebanon within a week.
On Sunday an Iranian ship left the port of Khorramshahr and is currently headed for Gaza, according to Reuters. Another ship, loaded with food, construction material and toys, will depart Iran on Friday