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Israel steps up bid to block aid ship bound for Gaza
The Amalthea in Lavrio, 9 July The Amalthea is carrying 2,000 tonnes of food, medicine and other items
Israel has stepped up its attempts to stop an aid ship breaking its blockade of Gaza, sending a letter to the UN and engaging Greece and Moldova in talks.
The Moldovan-flagged ship, Amalthea, chartered by a charity run by the son of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, was due to leave the Greek port of Lavrio on Saturday.
Israel said it now believed the ship would not reach Gaza.
An Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship in May killed nine Turkish activists.
Israel insisted its troops were defending themselves but the raid sparked international condemnation. Israel recently eased its blockade, allowing in almost all consumer goods but maintaining a "blacklist" of some items.
Israel says its blockade of the Palestinian territory is needed to prevent the supply of weapons to the Hamas militant group which controls Gaza.
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The foreign ministry believes that due to these talks, the ship will not reach Gaza
Originally posted by mamabeth
reply to post by Master Shen long
I have decided to join you in this little playground!
Stop and think...Would you want one of your "enemies"
shipping supplies to the other side?I believe Israel may
not care about letting foodstuffs' and medicines going
through the blockade.I think Israel is concerned over
the items that might be hidden in them.
Originally posted by Danbones
Well, at some point the Israelis are going to have to accept the reality that public reaction to their behavior and their horrendously dishonest propaganda is to regard them as being below the worst of the worst past heinous nationalities.
The Israeli government has admitted that its blockade of Gaza is not a security measure but actually an act of "economic warfare" against Hamas, an Israeli human rights group says.
In response to a lawsuit by the Tel-Aviv based Legal Center for Freedom of Movement (Gisha), the Israeli government explained the blockade as an exercise of the right of economic warfare, mcclatchydc.com reported on Wednesday.
Ah yes, I've read about this...the Libyan relief ship bound from Gaza from Greece. In fact, even though this Libyan ship told them they were welcome to search and then deliver the aid themselves to Gaza, Israel went to the UN and asked them to "block" it.