Sunday, December 7, 2008

This Genocide Will Not Be Televised: Tel Aviv police seize boat planning to deliver aid to Gaza

(Cartoon by Carlos Latuff)

"Israeli police on Sunday foiled an attempt by Israeli Arabs to set off in a boat from Israel to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip with a cargo of food and medical supplies.

Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has been stepped up in recent weeks....

The Israeli Arab Islamist Movement organized what was to have been the first boat journey from Israel to the Gaza Strip with humanitarian supplies.

But police in the port of Jaffa instructed the boat's owner not to set off for Gaza and ordered him to move the vessel to the nearby Tel Aviv marina, where it was put under watch.....

Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra'am-Ta'al) said in response to the incident that "this is a cowardly act by people and the police who fear our delivery of medication to Gaza's Shifa hospital. The boat trip is a humanitarian act aimed at breaking the cruel siege."

The United Nations and human rights groups have voiced concern about the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and called on Israel to ease its blockade......"

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