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Sorry son, we cannot let the terrorists win.

The illegal and unjust occupation of Palestine continues on as usual.  The Israelis, under the pretense, of security are withhold vital supplies and services from the people of the Gaza Strip.  However, and aid convey dispatched from Turkey aims to break the illegal siege with a shipment of humanitarian aid. Al Jazeera reports:

“The biggest attempt by international aid groups to break the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip has gotten underway.

Nine ships under the banner, Freedom Flotilla, began their journey to Gaza on Saturday, despite warnings from Israel that they will be stopped for “breaching Israeli law”.

The vessels are carrying 5,000 tonnes of reconstruction materials, school supplies and medical equipment.”

Despite the virtual news blackout about the atrocities being perpetuated in Gaza people still know about the injustice and are making bold moves to stop it.

“Mohammad Sawalha, the vice president of the international committee to break the siege of Gaza, one of the organisers of the mission, told Al Jazeera that a global movement, made up of people who want to send the message that the situation in Gaza is unacceptable, was growing.

“We are trying to send a message to everybody that the situation in Gaza will not go on,” Sawalha said.

“No one can accept what is going on now in Gaza – preventing people from having the food and medicine they need. This is a crime.”

The convoy is from the UK, Ireland, Algeria, Kuwait, Greece and Turkey, and is comprised of 800 people from 50 nationalities. It is made up of three cargo ships and five passengers boats.”

The response from Israel is predictable:

Naor Gilon, a deputy director general at the foreign ministry, said the action would be a “provocation and breach of Israeli law”.

Ah yes, law and order becomes a priority only when it serves Israeli interests.  Like the US and international law, which is followed only when it mirrors imperial policy.

“Israel should not be under any illusion whatsoever that their threats or intimidation will stop us or even that their violence against us will stop us,” Huwaida Arraf, from the Free Gaza Movement, said.

Kahel Mazen, from EGESG, added: “If they [the Israelis] choose to resort to destruction and death, our mission is to try to open a window of hope for the people of Gaza.”

Quite the pickle indeed for the Israelis.  Blowing up Turkish and European ships with aid for civilians will most definitely put them back on the negative press radar.  What is galling is that it takes this dramatic action to evoke even the smallest of ripples in the Western media.

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