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Activisits set sail to challenge Gaza blockade

09-27-2010 08:20 BJT

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A boat carrying Jewish activists from Israel, Germany, the United States and Britain has set sail from northern Cyprus for the Gaza Strip. The group hopes to breach Israel's naval blockade there.

In Jerusalem, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official has called the boat a provocative joke. He urged pro-Palestinian activists to deliver the supplies to Gaza through "established channels," including the Red Cross.

The boat left from the port of Famagusta, nearly four months after Israeli commandos boarded a flotilla of Gaza-bound ships and killed 9 pro-Palestinian activists.

According to one of the organizers, the goal of the voyage this time is to show that not all Jews support Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

Rami Elhanan, Activist, said, "I think evil must be resisted. 14 years ago I lost my 14 years old daughter in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem. And ever since then I joined the parent circle, the bereaved families Israeli-Palestinian group of people (who have) lost their love ones and I devote my life to convey the basic message everywhere I go, that we are not doomed. This is not our destiny to keep on killing each other and the only way to go on and move out of this endless cycle of violence is simply by talking.

The vessel plans to deliver children's toys,books, medical equipment, and outboard motors for fishing boats to Gaza residents.

Some of the participants appealed to Israeli military not to intervene this time.

Yonatan Shapira, Former Israeli Helicopter Pilot & Activist, said, "I really hoped that my squadron, my former squadron, where I flew until seven years ago - the same squadron that dropped the commando, the pirates that killed the people on the Mavi Marmara will refuse to participate this time. I hope they are not going to say yes to these illegal orders, and they will listen to their hearts and think twice before they obey this illegal order to enforce this illegal blockade."

The vessel is carrying a total of nine passengers and crew members, representing a host of pro-Palestinian Jewish human rights organizations.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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