A boat carrying some eight Jewish activists has set sail for the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break Israel’s blockade of the territory and deliver Humanitarian aid to it’s inhabitants.
The ship, nicknamed the “Irene” carrying Jews from the United States, United Kingdom, Israel and Germany, left the port of Famargasta in Turkish northern Cyprus on sunday. The ship’s organisers said they are carrying children’s toys, musical instruments, textbooks, fishing nets for Gaza’s fishing communities and prosthetic limbs for orthopaedic medical care in Gaza’s hospitals.
The activists included Reuven Moskovitz, 82, who is a Holocaust suvivor. Moskovitz said he is ashamed of his governments behavior in it’s handling of the Gaza situation. I want to live side by side in peace with Palestinians he said.
Another passenger Rami Elhanan, 60, said his daughter was killed in a sucide attack in September 1997, Elhanan said He does not want to see Palestinians and Israelis killing each other. “if Israeli forces stop us, it will bring attention of the world to Gaza, the world will know that there are 1 and half million people in Gaza, and No one is talking about them, he said
A similar mission in may 2010 by a pro Palestinian Turkish flagged Flotilla resulted in the deaths of 9 activist. It is unkown what action Israel will take when the “Irene” nears the Gaza Strip.
Israel has mantained it’s ground, air, and maritime blockade, of the Gaza Strip since 2007, when Hamas took complete control of the Territory.