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Gaza aid flotilla undeterred as Israel steps up warnings

from Hurriyet Dailynews
UN officials called for restraint as pro-Palestinian activists behind an aid flotilla vowed to break the blockade of Hamas-run Gaza, while Israel again warned it would intercept the ships.

Israel Plans To Stop ?Peace? Flotilla
Philadelphia Bulletin
It is no accident that when the flotilla left Istanbul on May 22, the person who stood beside the organizer of the flotilla, Bulent Yildirim ? serves as

Ending the Gaza blockade, Muriel Asseburg

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Muriel Asseburg

Proximity peace talks between Israel and the Ramallah based Palestinian Authority (PA) have started. However it is rather improbable that these talks will develop into a serious peace process leading to a two-state settlement in the foreseeable future. On the contrary, one thing is already clear: ending the blockade of the Gaza Strip is not a priority on Israel?s agenda, or that of the PA or the international community.

Good Luck to the Turkish charity IHH, Viva Palestina and Free Gaza Movement flotilla which is sailing to Gaza to break the Israeli blockade.

from ORGANIZED RAGE by Mick Hall


The flotilla, supported by the Turkish charity IHH, Free Gaza Movement and Viva Palestina is sailing to Gaza from Turkey, it consists of 9 ships, carrying 750 passengers in total including 35 MPs, numerous press members, artists, intellectuals, writers, representatives from NGOs, activists: women, men and children and 15,000 tons of humanitarian aid cargo.
As the organisers state categorically:

Israel: The Freedom Flotilla – PR Stunt or Humanitarian Act?

from Global Voices Online by Gilad Lotan

By Gilad Lotan

Nine ships sailing from various destinations, including Ireland, Turkey and Greece, are headed towards the Gaza Strip with the goal of breaking the Israeli maritime blockade on the Gaza Strip. The so-called Freedom Flotilla is carrying around 750 activists, including diplomats and journalists, as well as about 10,000 tons of supplies. If they don’t turn back, IDF navy commandos plan to block the ships. Israel has vowed to prevent the ships from docking in Gaza, offering instead to send the aid through its own crossings after carrying-out security checks.

Carlos Latuff’s cartoon on Israel’s blockade of Gaza

Turkey Backs Gaza Aid Ships Amid Israeli Threats, Vatan Says

from Yahoo news
May 28 (Bloomberg) — Turkeys Foreign Ministry said an aid convoy thats seeking to deliver supplies to Gaza over Israeli objections is a humanitarian operation and not a political show, Vatan newspaper said.

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