Israel to stop Gaza aid ships
The Freedom Flotilla, is carrying around 700 pro-Palestinian activists from various countries, as well as 10,000 tonnes of aid.
It is by far the largest fleet of aid to try to reach
In accordance with the directions of the Israeli government, the Israel Defence Forces and the Israeli Navy are preparing to prevent the flotilla from reaching the
The Israeli army also took journalists on a tour of a detention centre being prepared at
Ma’ariv, an Israeli newspaper, said preparations were being made to provide the detainees with food, drink and medical treatment.The paper said that Israelis on board would be arrested, Palestinians would be questioned by the Israeli secret service, and foreign nationals would be sent back to their countries.
Hanin Zuabi, a member of the Israeli parliament who is on board the flotilla, told Al Jazeera that the activists intend to reach
"If the Israelis try to stop us, this will be a huge diplomatic and political crises for them," Zuabi said.
"We have 50 states participating in this and are sending a very clear message to
Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal, on board the flotilla, said the activists travelling in the convoy included European parliamentarians, former
Organisers of the aid fleet said that they will ignore Israeli threats and head straight for
Three ships are from
Some Israeli officials see this as a disastrous public-relations situation.
"We can't win on this one in terms of PR," Yigal Palmor, a foreign ministry spokesman, said.
"If we let them throw egg at us, we appear stupid with egg on our face. If we try to prevent them by force, we appear as brutes." [my emph.]
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