Gaza flotilla activists: It's not about the aid!

Monday, July 04, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Activists involved with the bogged-down "Gaza Freedom Flotilla" acknowledged on Sunday that their purpose is not really to deliver humanitarian aid to the residents of the Gaza Strip, but rather to provoke a confrontation with the Israeli navy.

The flotilla is currently docked in Greece, with Athens refusing to grant permission to sail due to the suspected violent intentions of at least some of its participants.

Greek authorities said that if the goal of the group is truly to deliver humanitarian aid, then the goods can be transfered to Greek ships that will get the aid into Gaza by working with Israel.

The flotilla organizers rejected the offer.

"That is not considered breaking the seige," declared Free Gaza Movement leader Ewa Jasiewicz.

Israel first imposed the Gaza blockade in order to apply pressure on the Palestinian leadership following the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006. The blockade was intensified when Hamas violently seized control of Gaza a year later. It was further intensified when Hamas and its allied terror groups began lobbing thousands of rockets into southern Israel.

Despite ongoing violence emanating from Gaza, Israel last week, just as on every previous week, supervised the transfer of 6,000 tons of good (more than 260 truckloads) into Gaza via its land border with the terrorist-ruled coastal enclave.

Those trucks deliver massive amounts of baby food, vegetables, poultry, building materials, medicine, clothing and other goods to Gaza every week. It has been estimated that so much humanitarian aid enters Gaza on a regular basis that the bulk of the population can be fed, clothed and otherwise taken care of for free.

At any rate, even local Gazans are admitting that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and that stunts like the Freedom Flotilla are unnecessary.

Israel has repeatedly stated that the Gaza embargo could end in a day if only Hamas would recognize Israel's right to exist, halt and renounce all terrorist activity against Israel and cease smuggling weapons forbidden by the Oslo Accords into Gaza.

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