Left-wingers plan to launch next Tuesday a long delayed second attempt to break
The first 'Free Gaza" activists arrived in Gaza in late August on two boats after the Olmert government backed down from threats to arrest them or keep them at sea. The Foreign Ministry explained at the time it did not want to give the activists an opportunity to gain more media attention.
However, foreign media touted the sailing as a successful challenge to
Berlin added that the "siege-breakers" will bring with them large quantities of medicine that are being donated by European activists. Dr Arafat Shoukri, head of the European campaign, claimed that cough syrup is non-existent in Gaza and that the de facto Hamas government has made specific requests for medicines.
The Foreign Ministry previously has stated that medicines are available through humanitarian shipments that Israel has allowed to pass through Gaza crossings, except when they are closed in response to Kassam rocket attacks. It added that if the activists want to deliver medicine, they can do so via the port at
Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Lior Haiat stated, "We will not comment on announcements" because the activists made similar claims several weeks ago. He added that the government response not to intervene in the first landing was correct but does not serve as a precedent.
"They violated international law and caused incitement, so the real reason they gave of bringing food is not true," he explained. Next week's sailing is scheduled to arrive in
Ministry officials have not responded to requests to comment on what action, if any, it will take against the planned sailing next week.
"We intend to break
She told IsraelNationalNews, "We are not in contact with any official government source, whether Palestinian or Israeli. We have been invited [to
Berlin added it had no contact with the Foreign Ministry because the movement does not "need their permission to sail into