“We’re trying to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip and tell the world that Israel has no right to starve 1.5 million Palestinians,” said Greta Berlin, of the Free Gaza Movement, another organiser of the flotilla. “We are bringing in vitally needed supplies so the people of Gaza can rebuild their infrastructure.”
Israel has imposed an economic blockade on Gaza since the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas seized control almost three years ago. Nearly all exports and imports are banned and only a limited supply of food and medical aid is allowed in.
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“The political objective is to re-establish international law. The current human catastrophe in Gaza does not come as a result of a tsunami or an earthquake; the catastrophe has been created through politics. We are not taking a stand in the internal conflicts in Palestine, but for international law and human rights.”