Greece ban empowers Gaza convoy 5Jul11 July 6, 2011

Press TV -  5 July 2011
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Israel and Greece try to stop the Freedom Flotilla II from sending aid to the Palestinians but they are raising greater awareness and support for the cause, says an analyst.

“The amount of publicity which has been made about this Flotilla, and the extraordinary measures that have been taken have generated a lot of interest more so than with any previous flotilla or any other exercise,” Paul Larudee, co-founder of the Free Palestine Movement, tells Press TV.

Greek authorities have prevented the Freedom Flotilla II from setting sail, as the Israeli regime vows to take any measure to stop the caravan from reaching Gaza.

“When [the opposition] escalate their use of violence, we escalate our use of non-violence and we bring more people into the movement,” Larudee adds.

The 10-ship humanitarian flotilla was supposed to set sail for the Gaza Strip in early July in a bid to break Israel’s five-year blockade on the coastal territory which is home to 1.5 million Palestinians.

Israel’s security cabinet has ordered the navy to use all possible means to prevent the incoming international aid flotilla from reaching the Gaza Strip.


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