Israeli Arab MK helped organizers of Gaza-bound Libyan aid ship 10Jul10 July 11, 2010

Haaretz -  10 July 2010

Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi gave a list of items needed by residents of the Gaza Strip to organizers of a vessel carrying aid from Libya that intended to reach Gaza despite an Israeli naval blockade on the territory, Army Radio reported Saturday.

In an interview with Army Radio, Tibi, of the Ra’am-Ta’al faction, confirmed a report in the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that he gave the Moldavian-flagged ship’s organizers a list of  items required by Gazans, including medicines, generators for hospitals and a type of children’s milk not available in Gaza.

Israeli Foreign Ministry officials said on Saturday that the ship would not dock in Gaza but instead at the port of el-Arish on the coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.

The change in destination from Gaza to el-Arish, agreed to by the ship’s captain, came after talks between Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his Greek and Moldovian counterparts.

The ship, the “Amalthia” has 12 crew members and 15 activists on board, as well as about 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid supplied by the Gadhafi International Charity and Development Association, which is headed by Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the second-born son of the Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi.

In April, Tibi joined a 40-member delegation of Israeli Arab leaders, including MKs on a trip to Libya. It was the first time that Arab MKs visited Libya in an official capacity.

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