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Canadian activists head home from Gaza flotilla

Canadian activists are heading home after a failing to deliver an aid shipment to the blockaded Gaza strip. The Canadians aboard the Tahrir announced their decision Saturday after authorities prevented the ship from leaving a port in Greece. The vessel was part of a flotilla hoping to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip.

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Greece stops Gaza-bound boat, immobilizes flotilla

The Greek coastguard intercepted a small French boat with Pro-Palestinian activists aboard on Thursday, the third flotilla ship to be prevented from sailing to Gaza to challenge an Israeli blockade. Greece, just over a year after nine people were killed when Israeli marines stormed a pro-Palestinian flotilla, imposed a ban on all Gaza-bound ships saying […]

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Single boat heads to Gaza as flotilla stalls in Greece

Single boat heads to Gaza as flotilla stalls in Greece

A lone French yacht was on Wednesday headed for Gaza after sneaking out of Greek waters in defiance of a ban on the departure of aid ships aiming to run Israel’s blockade on the coastal strip. The MV Dignite/Al Karama, which left Greek waters early on Tuesday, is heading slowly towards Gaza, a spokesman for […]

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Life for Palestinians in Gaza Strip improved, so why send flotilla there?

It was a very hot weekend for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. That is why thousands of them preferred to enjoy their time on the clean beaches, swimming, sunbathing, riding horses, sailing, smoking water pipes and barbequing. These photos were provided not by a Jewish photographer or some naïve Western reporter who happened to be in the […]

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Israel ‘Positive’ as Gaza Flotilla Delayed

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said efforts to stop a flotilla intending to break his country’s naval embargo of the Gaza Strip had taken a positive turn after Greece prevented most of the ships from sailing. “We’re seeing developments at this time regarding the flotilla that seem very positive, with the governments of Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and others working to […]

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Greeks arrest captain of flotilla ship

Greeks arrest captain of flotilla ship

Greek police have arrested the captain of a U.S. ship whose passengers and crew had hoped to help lead a Gaza-bound flotilla aimed at challenging Israel’s maritime blockade of the Palestinian territory. John Klusmire, an American citizen and captain of The Audacity of Hope, was asked to report to a police station Saturday morning, said Jane Hirschmann, an […]

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Greek coastguard intercepts Gaza ship

The Greek coastguard intercepted a boat carrying U.S. activists soon after they set sail fromGreece on Friday to join a pro-Palestinian flotilla to Gaza, one of the activists said. The boat, dubbed “The Audacity of Hope,” had just left Perama port, near Piraeus, for the open seas, a Reuters witness said. Greek authorities said earlier on […]

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Gazans unimpressed by flotilla

Gazans unimpressed by flotilla

Israel has been claiming for quite some time that the desire to break through the blockade on the Gaza Strip is devoid of any basis since it is possible to transfer essential goods to Gaza through the monitored crossings. This claim received unexpected reinforcement on Thursday from none other than the Gazans themselves … who […]

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Israel steps up campaign to stop Gaza flotilla

Israel’s Gaza sea blockade is an act of self-defense

Self-defense against threats to national security and individual citizens is a core right and duty of all nation-states. No one seriously disagrees. And yet this week, the Mediterranean Sea will once again be the site of a dangerous attack on this basic right. Activists from around the world, seeking to draw attention to the plight […]

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Israel’s blockade protects it from bloody conflagration

A year ago hundreds of “humanitarian” activists converged on the Gaza Strip’s maritime frontiers in a pre-meditated attempt to stage a bloody conflagration. The end result was an anti-Israel media frenzy that did little to help the Palestinian cause and the activists’ expressed aim to end the socalled “blockade” of Gaza. As Israel prepares for […]

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Journalists claim censorship by flotilla activists, cite dictatorial atmosphere

Journalists claim censorship by flotilla activists, cite dictatorial atmosphere

Enraged at the paranoia, the dictatorial atmosphere, mutual distrust and outright opposition on board, all Dutch journalists to leave the ship which the Dutch activists seek confrontation with Israeli marines in the Gaza Strip. According to the four editors left, they were censored by the activists, who were not served by critical questions, such as the financing of the operational […]

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Muhammad Sawalha

Who is behind the second Gaza flotilla?

The second flotilla is coordinated by Muhammad Sawalha, a senior UK-based Muslim Brotherhood figure connected to Hamas. Many of the participating organizations can be directly linked with the Union of Good (UoG), a coalition of European charities affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which in 2008 was designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. Treasury for […]

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Alice Walker is sailing in the wrong direction

Sometime within the next week or so the second, incredibly inaptly named “Freedom Flotilla” will set sail for Hamas-controlled Gaza in an attempt to break an Israel Naval quarantine whose purpose today is solely to prevent advanced weaponry from being smuggled in to known terrorists who proudly proclaim their intent to murder innocent children in […]

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What Gaza really needs

What Gaza really needs

Almost six years since Israel disengaged from the Gaza Strip, nothing there is what it seems. A Hamas junta rules, but the civilian government departments are run from the P.A. in Ramallah, financed by money Israel allows to go through. A blockade is ostensibly in place, but hundreds of lorries go through the crossings from […]

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How to deliver goods to the Gaza Strip

How to deliver goods to the Gaza Strip

On a daily basis, nearly 6,000 tons of food, fuel, materials and other supplies are transferred into the Gaza Strip. Never does the delivery of goods turn into a media frenzy. In contrast, previous convoys, instigating violent provocations with Israeli or Egyptian forces, rarely delivered substantial amounts of goods into the Gaza Strip. In addition, lawfully enforcing […]

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Flotilla faces serious delays, might sail only next week

Flotilla faces serious delays, might sail only next week

Withdrawn insurance deeds, alleged sabotage and Greek bureaucracy have dealt a setback to organizers of Freedom Flotilla 2, who said on Tuesday that departure to the Gaza Strip might be postponed until next week. “There have been many obstacles and complaints. Some boats are not ready and it is not clear when we will sail, although we expect […]

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IDF- Some flotilla activists planning to kill soldiers

IDF: Some flotilla activists planning to kill soldiers

IDF sources said Monday night that new intelligence information obtained in recent days shows that participants of the flotilla planning to break Israel’s sea blockade over the GazaStrip later this week plan to kill IDF soldiers who board their ships. According to the information obtained by the IDF, some of the participants have prepared sacks with sulfur, which they plan to pour […]

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Israel steps up campaign to stop Gaza flotilla

Israel steps up campaign to stop flotilla 

Israel has stepped up its campaign to stop a flotilla of ships breaching its blockade of Gaza by accusing some of the passengers of intending to harm Israeli soldiers if they board the ships. An Israeli government official said intelligence agents had discovered that extremists aimed to infiltrate the peace activists travelling on the 10-ship flotilla. “On the […]

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Group helps delay departure of Gaza-bound flotilla

The departure of a pro-Palestinian flotilla of international ships planning to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza has been delayed, largely because of the efforts of an Israeli advocacy group, both sides said Tuesday. Greek authorities have detained two of the ships docked here, including an American vessel, after the Israeli advocacy group, Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, submitted […]

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Flotilla can unload in Egypt

Flotilla can unload in Egypt

Israel and Egypt have come to an understanding by which ships taking part in an upcoming flotilla to the Gaza Strip will be allowed to unload their cargo of humanitarian goods at the Egyptian port of El-Arish, from where it will be transferred on land to Gaza after being checked, Israel Radio reported on Monday. The government […]

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Security cabinet receives final briefing on Gaza flotilla

Security cabinet receives final briefing on Gaza flotilla

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened his security cabinet on Sunday for final briefings from top naval officials and security officials on the Gaza-bound flotilla that plans to try and break Israel’s sea blockade over the Gaza Strip later this week. The ministers heard intelligence reports regarding the number of vessels, the passengers on board, and what the ships are […]

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U.S. State Dept. to Americans Do not participate in flotilla

U.S. State Dept. to Americans: Do not participate in flotilla

In a travel warning Wednesday the State Department said, “U.S. citizens are advised against traveling to Gaza by any means, including via sea.  Previous attempts to enter Gaza by sea have been stopped by Israeli naval vessels and resulted in the injury, death, arrest and deportation of U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens participating in any effort […]

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Flotilla ship turned back

A Canadian ship, part of a planned aid flotilla to Gaza, was forced to return to Crete when it tried to reach international waters, activists told al-Jazeera. Most of the ships that activists wanted to sail to Gaza to break Israel’s blockade have been kept in Greek ports. Greek officials have refused permission for the […]

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Greeks turn back US protesters bound for blockaded Gaza

American protesters on a boat bound for the Gaza Strip were escorted back to shore yesterday, as Greece announced it was banning vessels heading to Gaza from leaving Greek ports. The secretive attempt by the activists to head out to sea ended in failure after authorities in inflatable speedboats raced after them. … In Jerusalem, […]

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Quartet urges stop to flotilla

A group of Mideast mediators is urging governments to discourage flotillas bound for Gaza. The statement Saturday by the Middle East Quartet of Mideast mediators comes after Greek authorities arrested a captain who was part of a flotilla trying to deliver humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territory. The group says those wishing to deliver goods to Gaza […]

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