Two Palestinians, including teen, dead in Gaza protests

Aaron Brown
August 1, 2018

Four boats left Scandinavia in mid-May and have since stopped in 28 ports throughout Europe to garner support for the Palestinians in Gaza.

The Gaza-bound flotilla had set sail from Norway on May 15 under the slogan "Right to a Just Future for Palestine" as part of a campaign to break an 11-year Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.

The attempt was the latest in a decade-long series of attempts by pro-Palestinian activists to break the naval blockade. The group said the supplies were "a small but important contribution to the increasingly dire medical situation" in Gaza.

Israeli forces have violently boarded a ship, being followed by Consortium News, that was headed to Gaza bringing humanitarian aid.

The worldwide Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) is a grassroots people-to-people solidarity movement composed of campaigns and initiatives from all over the world working together to end the siege of Gaza.

It said afterwards on Twitter that the boat had been "hijacked by Israeli forces".

Marama Davidson said the global community should be demanding an end to the illegal blockade, and asking Israel to stop impeding the flotilla's passage to Gaza to deliver medical supplies.

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"We expect the New Zealand government to strongly protest and demand his immediate release, along with his fellow campaigners and the Al Awda so they can deliver the much needed medical aid to the port of Gaza".

Earlier this month, Israel signed a warrant defining Palestinian television channel Al-Quds a terrorist organization and prohibiting its operations in Israel.

The territory is home to 2 million Palestinians, mainly the stateless descendants of people who fled or were driven out of what is now Israel at its founding in 1948.

Other attempts to run the Israeli blockade included a 2016 women's boat with 13 passengers including Nobel Peace Prize victor Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland.

"Their mission to Gaza posed absolutely no threat to Israel or to Israeli citizens".

Hamza Abu Shanab, another political observer and writer from Gaza, believes that the field behavior of both sides has become the main determinant in escalating or decreasing tension. An Israeli raid on a Turkish flotilla in 2010, in which ten activists were killed, caused a serious rupture in relations between Israel and Turkey, one of Israel's few friends in the Middle East.

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