Anti siege trip organizers: We won’t tell Israel about our plans
The anti siege trip organizers: We won’t tell Israel about our plans
The organizers of the sea trip to break the Israeli siege on Gaza stressed Wednesday that they will not inform the IOA about their plans because their ships will not sail across Israeli territorial waters, adding that they are ready to challenge any obstacle that may obstruct the voyage.
The organizers stated that the trip is composed of two ships, one is called “Free Gaza and the other is “Liberty”, pointing out that an independent security group will search the vessels’ cargo to ensure they are free from any weapons or dangerous materials.
“Gaza is a virtual prison for over a million Palestinians. It’s been under siege almost continuously for two years. Israel says it no longer occupies the Gaza Strip so the boat will not be asking permission from Israel and will not allow Israeli security to board the boats,” British activist Hilary Smith told a press conference in London, adding that the passengers are prepared to endure weeks at sea.
“This is not a one-time symbolic trip. The idea is when we get to Gaza we have broken the siege,” Jeff Halper, one of the organizers, said.
For his part, Jamal Al-Khudari, the head of the popular committee against the siege, hailed the fortitude and courage voiced by the organizers of the anti-siege voyage, highlighting that their strong faith in the need for breaking the unjust Israeli siege on the Gaza people is what drives them to challenge the Israeli occupation.
Former British premier Tony Blair’s sister-in-law Lauren Booth will participate in the sea venture to break Israel’s blockade on Gaza.
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