For the second straight time, the Israeli navy has reasserted itself against international activists in its blockade of the coastline of Gaza. A boat carrying humanitarian supplies – which are sorely needed – as well as physicians, was turned back from its point of departure in Cyprus. With the Free Gaza movement bringing such ‘dangerous’ cargo, the Israeli navy reportedly threatened to open fire if the boat did not turn around.
After a boat ramming incident by the Israeli navy stopped a previous attempt from reaching the people of Gaza, passengers this time around made a full disclosure of intent and cargo to the Israeli authorities before departing. Of course, this made no difference as yesterday’s events illustrate. Nevertheless, international activists have pledged to attempt to deliver aid by sea once more at a later date. After successfully breaking the siege numerous times before the start of the December 27th Israeli offensive on Gaza, they have been unable to reach shore. Will they ever be able to again?
Someday history will remember when the Israeli navy turned back “the Spirit of Humanity.”