Freedom Flotilla III to set off to gaza shortly, Israel renews threats

PNN/ Bethlehem/

One of the organizers of  Freedom Flotilla III trip, Dror Feiler Wednesday said that Marianne of Gothenburg is about to set off to Gaza within a few hours.  In response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry on warned that it will prevent the boat from reaching its destination and breaking the siege.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, Emmanuel Nachshon, said that the ministry is following the third flotilla updates through the media.

“They announced their intention to go to Gaza, but we will not allow this because Gaza is under a naval blockade approved by international law,” Nachshon said.

“If the so-called helpful Gaza flotillas were really interested in the welfare of the population in Gaza, they would send their aid via Israel,” he added, pointing out that Israel “will not allow their access to Gaza.”

Feiler, on the other hand, said that the trip organizers will work on getting international arrest orders against Israeli soldiers if they attempt to stop the boat.

To its part, the Palestinian NGO network said Israeli occupation will be responsible for the lives of activists on board. The network also denounced Israeli threats to the peaceful activists who are trying to reach Gaza, in solidarity with 1.8 million people.

The PNGO confirmed that all international bodies, headed by the United Nations, must immediately move to protect the boat and prevent any harm that could be done to it by Israeli forces.