Gaza, July 08: The goal of the Gaza-bound flotilla II is to voice solidarity with the Palestinian nation against “the Israeli colonialism and occupation,” an activist says.
“This flotilla has never been about the international aid, it’s never claimed to be about international aid, and the Zionists who pretend otherwise are making fools of themselves publicly,” Joe Catron with the International Solidarity Movement in Gaza told Media on Wednesday.
“The goals of the flotilla are to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people who are resisting the Israeli colonialism and occupation, that is the mission and that is our goal,” he added.
In early June, a 10-ship humanitarian flotilla gathered in various Greek ports to set sail for the Gaza Strip in a bid to break Israel’s five-year blockade on the coastal sliver.
Israel has ordered its navy to use all possible means to prevent the incoming international aid flotilla from reaching the Gaza Strip, but the Gaza Freedom Flotilla II organizers insist that they will push ahead with their aid mission.
Catron condemned as “cheap contemptible efforts” Israel’s claims that the flotilla is unnecessary because of aid coming to Gaza.
The Israeli blockade of Gaza, which was imposed in 2007, has deprived some 1.5 million people in Gaza of their basic rights including the freedom of movement and the right to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.