Today, two ships carrying international activists broke the Israeli siege of Gaza by successfully landing upon shore! Stationed in Cyprus, the SS Free Gaza and SS Liberty finally departed and sailed to the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israel’s naval blockade. The sea trek was not entirely without problems, however. Activists on the boat lost all communication and navigation systems due to outside jamming and interference. Israel refuses to acknowledge that they had anything to do with this. Regardless, by completing their stated mission, The Free Gaza Movement, finally attracted the attention of U.S. media which previously turned a deaf ear to their efforts.
Arriving to hundreds of Palestinians in the besieged territory, the activists delivered humanitarian aid sidestepping Israel’s control. Indeed, the Israeli government had gone so far to say that such amounted to a political objective that only served to legitimize a terrorist organization! This is banter from the same folks who had earlier threatened force in attempting to halt the ships from breaking the siege. Thankfully the only thing that transpired was the brave and courageous completion of the goals of the pro-Palestinian activists! But they aren’t stopping there. Many more ships are being considered for the future in establishing a Cyprus-Gaza route. And as Paul Larudee of the San Francisco Bay Area who sailed aboard the SS Liberty has said, “We’re the first ones in 41 years to enter Gaza freely – but we won’t be the last. We welcome the world to join us and see what we’re seeing.”