Tuesday, 15 February 2011

New flotilla aims to reach Gaza on deadly raid anniversary

A new flotilla of ships will try to reach Gaza at the end of May to mark the first anniversary of a deadly Israeli raid against a similar convoy that killed nine activists according to organizers.

The flotilla will try to break Israel's blockade of the territory will consist of around 15 boats with activists from 25 nations compared to just six ships last year.

Activists on board last years’ Free Gaza flotilla say Israeli commandos started shooting as soon as they boarded the vessel. But Israel says the commandos used live fire only after they were attacked with clubs, knives and guns. Eight Turks and one American of Turkish descent were killed in the incident.

Last month an Israeli probe into the incident concluded that both the raid and the blockade of the impoverished Palestinian territory complied with international law.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the inquiry had neither value nor credibility.
Maria Elena Delia of the Italian branch of "Sailing to Gaza," the non-governmental group that is organizing the new flotilla, called the Israeli blockade of Gaza "a crime and a violation of international law."

"We hope to break this blockade and if we can't, we will set sail again and again," she said.


  1. Israel asked the people on the flotilla if they could inspect the boat. (imagine if an enemy country was delivering items into Cuba). The people on the boat responded "You could go F**k yourself." Israel goes onto the boat and the people start attacking. Metal rods and there is proof that they were planning the attack. Where the Hell did they get a paintball gun from if the Gaza wasn't planning this attack. After getting attacked the israelis opened fire. After the whole incident Israel let the ship go into Gaza. But they sent it back. You try to tell me that Gaza wasn't trying to make Israel look bad.