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Call on Ireland to seek safe passage for Gaza flotilla

Activists from the Freedom ship urge the Irish government to seek access from Israel to reach the Gaza port amid fears of an Israeli attack similar to last year's

AFP , Monday 20 Jun 2011
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Irish activists who plan to join an international aid flotilla to Gaza called Monday for the Irish government to urge Israel to allow the ships free passage to the Palestinian enclave.

About 25 passengers and crew will travel on the ship "Saoirse" (Gaelic for freedom) in the flotilla of about a dozen vessels involving activists from more than 20 countries, the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign (ISG) announced.

In May last year, Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists when they boarded a Turkish vessel, the Mavi Marmara, during an attempt to break the Israeli-imposed blockade of Gaza involving a flotilla that also included an Irish ship.

"This is going to be a very significant challenge to the Israeli blockade and we are absolutely determined to make it to Gaza and we hope that Israel will not impede the flotilla," ISG co-ordinator Fintan Lane, who participated in last year's flotilla, told a press conference in Dublin.

"We call upon the Irish government to ask the Israeli government to allow us free access to the port of Gaza. Israel has absolutely no right, legal or moral, to stop the flotilla," he said.

Lane called on the Irish government, along with other governments, to condemn the Israeli threats of violence.

"Israel has openly threatened to attack the flotilla. That is unacceptable and it should be condemned by all governments and the international community," Lane said.

"If the Israelis intervene it will be an attack," he added.

About 130,000 euros ($185,000) was raised in Ireland to fund the campaign and the ship will carry aid items such as medicines and sports equipment.

"This is a civil society project. It is an act of solidarity, an act of empathy between the ordinary people of Ireland and the ordinary people of Gaza," Lane said.

The ISG expects the Saoirse to reach a point at which the ships of the flotilla are expected to gather some time around 27 or 28 June.

It will then be about 16 hours sailing time from Gaza or about six hours from the area where the confrontation occurred with the Israelis last year.

The ISG named 19 people planning to sail on the Saoirse including a Socialist Party Euro-MP Paul Murphy, former Fianna Fail lawmaker Chris Andrews, former international rugby player Trevor Hogan and local councillors, trade unionists and activists from Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Organisers said last week that the Mavi Marmara will not join the flotilla this year.

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DCROcks
28-06-2011 06:23pm
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Terrorism supporters
It is sad to see so many individuals openly support terrorism in such a manner, and do so hiding behind false humanitarian claims. Those on these ships should be arrested, and charged with support of terrorism, especially Americans, where I hope the full weight of American law is thrown at these terrorist sympathizers.
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Saoirse
21-06-2011 01:36pm
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Flotilla vs Rafah
@"Jaime" Palestine doesnt need to ask permission from "all parties" which includes it's illegal occupier israel to accept aid into its own country from Ireland or anywhere else. Secondly, even "if" rafah was open (because it has not been open as promised by the so called new egyptian govt) it is still only a passenger crossing and not enough to service or sustain the 1.5 million people living in a prison created by israel. The flotlla aims to open the seaport so that Gazans can trade and rebuild their society and economy, get off the dole and get back to work, they deserve to live decently, not in a 21st century warsaw ghetto.
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mark
21-06-2011 11:03am
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Flotilla
You want to invade another countries waters which they have a right to protect. You are on your own. If you get hurt or killed do not go crying to the UN. You should try this in China or Iran you will end up in prison and never be seen again.
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Joe
21-06-2011 10:15am
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To Jaime
You are a disgrace!!! This blockade is ILLEGAL!!!!! there is nothing legal about it therefore everyone with any sense of morality should be fighting it. I'm sure if some criminals set up an illegal blockade to your Tesco supermarket and stopped your bread and cheese being delivered you'd have something to say about it! The bottom line the Israelis are violating the law. Plain and simple. What they do is illegal according to all International laws.
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Hypocrites!
21-06-2011 06:45am
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Travelers. Remember them?
You leave the Travelers for over a century to be the de facto untouchables of Ireland while no one lifted a finger to help them and the oft abused children, but Ireland is oh so concerned about Palestinians? The Republic didn't even give a rat's ass about their suffering Catholic brethren in the North. And they wrote off the IRA bc they were terrorists Remember? So on the second leg of your journey you no doubt plan on going to Gaza to protest their leaders policies there? Right? Feeble idjits won't even help the Travelers but they think people will actually believe their sincerity here? They can't friggin think for themselves.
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Jaime
20-06-2011 08:03pm
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A provocation
Today it's in the news that a Gaza relief convoy entered Rafah and delivered 30 tonnes of supplies with out incident. That's because they made legal arrangements with all parties beforehand and cleared customs in a proper way. This is quite different than the situation of the MV Finch, re-named MV Spirit of Rachel Corrie which tried to sneak into Gaza without working with either Israel or Egypt. this ship is to my knowledge. still stuck in El Arish Harbour a month later with no permission to offload. The cargo that they supposedly hold, a load of sewer pipe, which for all anyone knows could be molded plastic explosives plus whatever else might be on board. Egypt has refused to offload it because it doesn't have the equipment to inspect or transport it properly. And the Malaysian "Charity" that sponsored it refuses to be checked at Askelon Israel. So there it sits. This second Gaza flotilla has already been diminished even before it leaves port. Sailing without maritime insurance,
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