‘Britain 2 Gaza’ to set sail in May

PressTV – Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:6AM

The UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign and four British campaign groups have organized a mission entitled “Britain 2 Gaza” to break Israeli siege on Gaza.

The ‘Britain 2 Gaza’ mission — organized by Friend of al-Aqsa, the British Muslim Initiative, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, and the Palestinian Forum of Britain — departs in May and will be joined with similar initiatives from over 20 other countries to bring together the largest seaborne mission to break the siege on Gaza.

The new flotillas will depart for Gaza on the first anniversary of the brutal attack of the Israeli commandos on the Turkish-flagged aid boat Mavi Marmara that left 9 people dead and more than 50 injured on May 31st, 2010.

On 23rd January 2011, Israeli regime released a report, in which it justified its especial forces’ violent attack on the aid flotilla on 31st May 2010.

Under the fourth Geneva Convention, Israel as an occupier is responsible for protecting civilians under its control, ensuring free unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief. But, the Zionists have failed to meet that basic requirement.

Israel had also no legal right to board the flotilla, since the Turkish flagged ship was in the international waters. Under international law, all states are free to sail ships in the international waters – boarding this ship therefore was a breach of Turkey’s sovereignty.

Meanwhile, Israel was not acting in self-defense. The regime’s argument that it was acting in self-defense is indefensible, since its troops boarded an unarmed boat using gas bombs, tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition.

Israeli regime’s brutal siege on Gaza civilians, is a collective punishment on the 1.5 million Palestinians, which has resulted in severe malnutrition, illness, suffering and death through lack of access to appropriate medicine, food, clean drinking water and construction materials.

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