Israeli civilians to confront Free Gaza on blockade

Posted: May 18, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in Activists, Anti-Israel, Gaza, Hamas, International, Israel, Palestinians

Free Gaza's logo The notorious Free Gaza organization, which attempted to break – and did break – the blockade on Gaza imposed by Israel and Egypt, is at it again, with Turkish support. The organization set sail to Gaza again. Obviously, they are heroes, intimidated by evil Zionists – you know, the people surrounded by hundreds of millions of genocidal Muslims:

The Free Gaza Movement, which has launched eight other sea missions to Gaza, confirms that Israel has tried these kinds of threats and intimidation tactics before in order to try to stop the missions before they start. “They have not deterred us before and will not deter us now,”  said one of the organizers.

Ship to Gaza — Sweden, a Freedom Flotilla coalition partner, together with parliamentarian Mehmet Kaplan (Green Party) yesterday asked for an audience with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Carl Bildt, to discuss what measures the Swedish government and the European Union will take to protect the Freedom Flotilla’s peaceful, humanitarian voyage. Earlier this week during a meeting with the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza – another coalition partner, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyib Erdogan expressed his support for “breaking the oppressive siege on the Gaza Strip…which is at the top of Turkey’s list of priorities.“

Coalition partners, Ship to Gaza – Greece and the Turkish relief organization IHH, stressed that the ships, passengers, and cargo will be checked at each port of departure, making it clear that we constitute no security threat to Israel.

(Free Gaza)

THERE IS INDEED no doubt Free Gaza by itself constitutes no threat to Israel or its security. However, isn’t it true that 15 tons of cement Free Gaza plans to supply to Gazans would be seized by Hamas and could be used to create fortifications for its own troops? Isn’t it true that if Israel allows Free Gaza and the likes to enter Israel freely, radical elements could join the group, supplying Gazans with arms and explosives? After all – who inspects the supplies? Are we to trust the organization – openly anti-Israel – to monitor itself?

In the meanwhile, the politicians debate each other on how the ‘flotilla’ should be greeted. This year, however, Israeli civilians decided to take a stand:

A grassroots campaign calling to sail out and confront the foreign activists at sea has gained many followers – and 15 ships.

Arutz-7’s Hebrew news service spoke with Matan Freiman, one of the organizers of the counterprotest. “Our goal is, first and foremost, to send a message to Turkey,” Freeman said.

Israeli activists will also remind the approaching foreign ships that Hamas bears responsibility for the fact that ships cannot enter and exit Gaza freely. Hamas refuses to release Israeli prisoner Gilad Shalit, Freiman said, and is thus to blame for the situation in Gaza.

The goal is to get Israel’s point of view into the media, both in Israel and abroad, he explained.

(Channel 7 News)

As the group announced the action, nearly 1,500 people signed up for its Facebook group, through which organizers hope to gather volunteers for the action. It is indeed a tremendous effort, first of its kind by Israeli civilians. While Free Gaza’s operation is supported by governments and NGO’s, Israeli action was created and is supported by regular people. Such efforts indeed should be supported.

  1. Sharon says:

    Good to know civilians are helping to stop this ship from sailing into Israel

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