posted on Jun, 11 2011 @ 09:33 AM
More than 30 Canadian activists are preparing to sail for the Gaza Strip as part of a controversial international flotilla protesting Israel's
blockade of the Palestinian territory, a year after nine people were killed in a similar undertaking.
This is certainly going to angry the Israeli government, and draw criticism from Stephen Harper and his supporters.
A group called The Canada Boat to Gaza says it's raised more than $300,000 and has purchased a ship -- dubbed the Tahrir, after the uprising in
Egypt -- which is docked at an eastern Mediterranean port they will not disclose.
It seems as if they are very serious about this and have it in full gear, with ship and personnel. It will be interesting to see what type of response
they are greeted with near the shores of Gaza.
At least 10 such ships are planning to set sail for Gaza later this month, carrying aid supplies and around 1,500 protesters from dozens of
countries, according to organizers.
LOL looks like Israel will have their hands full with an outright publicity nightmare. Their response will definitely be scrutinized by the world
Ehab Lotayef, a spokesman with the Canadian group, said that several protesters from Australia, Belgium and Denmark will also be onboard the
Tahrir, along with between $30,000 and $50,000 worth of medical supplies they hope to deliver to Palestinian doctors.
Most these boats will be carrying well needed supplies to the citizens of Gaza, yet it is very probable that the Israeli government will take it upon
themselves to assume these materials are in support of terrorism. Upon inspection they will probably find humanitarian aid yet say it can be used for
"Our main objective is that Israel should not have jurisdiction over the waters of Gaza," Lotayef said from Montreal. "This is the least we can do
to try peacefully to break the blockade they're living under."
It is almost foolish to think that they will get a friendly greeting by the Israeli Navy but I support their cause. Israel does need to let more aid
into Gaza. I am fearful that we may see an event like the last flotilla and the Turkish ship.
I don't recall so many different groups organizing together for this cause at one time. I wonder if it has to do with Hamas and Fatah expecting to
claim statehood in September, could it have to do with the Egyptian opening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza, or perhaps Netanyahu's refusal to
discuss 1967 borders?
It will be interesting to see how Israel reacts to this scenario and how the rest of the world will react to Israel's reaction. This could be very big
news in the making, or it could be just another nothing that will pass without any recognition. I will for sure be keeping an eye on this
I wish this group the best of luck with their honorable mission of getting well needed aid to the citizens of Gaza.
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