the International Freedom Flotilla is on its way to Gaza to break the four year old siege. This is monumental, really. The boats will travel solely through international waters and reach Gaza directly without ever getting into waters or territory under Israeli jurisdiction. In addition, all the cargo and passengers have been thoroughly checked at several ports before setting off to ensure that they only carry humanitarian aid. Nonetheless, Israel has repeatedly threatend that it will attack the boats, force the activists to go on land in an Israeli city (Ashdod), has even prepared prison facilities (which Israel proudly displays in its boasting) and will then deport the activists.
Several EU countries, EU delegations, the new EU foreign affairs minister, the Turkish governments and many more have demanded an unconditional lifting of the siege and an end to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Meanwhile, the right-wing (and fascist, let's be honest) foreign minister of Israel Avigdor Liebermann denies that there even is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza to start with.
It looks like tomorrow, there might be a big show-down in the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea in front of Gaza. Please, pay attention and be ready to pressure your governments to pressure Israel to let the humanitarian convoy pass. This is a historic moment, and we can all be part of it.
Also, please sign the petition to demand the free passage of the flotilla or look at http://www.freegaza.org/ for campaigns in your country:
Here is a small video http://www.youtube.com/watch?
For more videos and updates, check: www.witnessgaza.com
and a report from one of the boats:
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Israel has commandeered Free Gaza Movement vessels in the past. The Israeli military is threatening to take action against unarmed peace and civil resistance volunteers. Furthermore, a fleet of so-called Israeli citizens is en route to intercept and harass the flotilla. AMP and the Free Gaza Movement are extremely concerned about the safety of the humanitarian activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla.