Member of the PLO Executive Committee, Dr. Saeb Erakat speaking about Marianne the Swedish Flotilla today, said that Palestine welcomes any peaceful effort by the international solidarity movement to break the ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza and reach the 1.8 million Palestinians sitting in Israel open-air prison.
“This is a reminder to the world that the flotilla is coming to Palestine and any attempt by Israel to obstruct its movement is considered a violation of international law. It’s also a reminder of the bloody and violent act of Israel in 2010 against the unarmed civilian activists who were on foreign vessels while sailing in international waters toward the shores of Gaza,” Erekat said in an official statement Wednesday.
On July 8th, Palestinians will commemorate Israel’s assault on Gaza last summer which led to the massive destruction and killings of over 2200 Palestinians.
Erekat therefore called on the international community to take swift and appropriate action before it is too late and history repeats itself at the hands of Israel.
Flotilla Marianne of Gothenburg, which departed on Friday for Greece, is part of Freedom Flotilla III, according to Ship to Gaza Sweden.
The boat, which was purchased jointly by the Ship to Gaza Sweden and Ship to Gaza Norway, is carrying solar panels and medical equipment, according to Ship to Gaza Sweden, along with five crew members and several passengers.
Among the passengers are Israeli-born Swedish citizen Dror Feiler, a musician and spokesman of Ship to Gaza; Kajsa Ekis Ekman, a Swedish journalist, author and social critic; Robert Lovelace, a Canadian scholar and activist; Ana Maria Miranda Paza, a Spanish member of the European Parliament; and Moncef Marzouki, Tunisia’s first post-revolution president.
IOF is currently monitoring a blockade-busting flotilla on its way to the Gaza Strip and is preparing to block it if need be, Israeli Channel 2 news reported.