Israel pressures UN to stop Flotilla

PressTV -Sun May 1, 2011 11:41AM
Interview with Janet Kobren, Activist and Co-Founder of the Free Palestine Movement.

Activist Janet Kobren explains that Israel is pressuring the UN to stop the Flotilla while trying to persuade Goldstone to retract his UN report.

Press TV interviewed the Activist, Socialist and Co-Founder of the Free Palestine Movement Janet Kobren about the Goldstone Report and the freeing of Gaza under Zionist occupation.

Press TV: What movements has Israel been making to stop the next Flotilla on a political level?

Kobren: Well there have been a number of things for example. Israel has been pressuring the UN to stop the Flotilla, and Goldstone has probably been pressured by Israel to retract his UN report. It’s not just his, it’s a committee but it was given his name. The kidnapping and killing of Vic suggests they are probably trying to pressure activists to stop their work. It will not work. Activists will continue with more resolve than ever.

Press TV: So you are saying that in the activism community there is a disbelief that Vittorio Arrigoni who came across to Gaza on the first Free Gaza Mission in 2008 could have been killed by a Palestinian? Is that what you are saying?

Kobren: Well it’s not clear why he was killed or who killed him. It is possible that there are elements inside Gaza that are extreme and want to get rid of internationals. It might be some false flag operation also to get rid of some internationals from Gaza so that Israel can do whatever it wants to do; whatever it has been doing.

Press TV: Janet, there has been news of Turkey having been pressured by Israeli Ministers to withdraw support from the Flotilla. Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi has said he does not support such actions. First of all what’s your response to those efforts?

Kobren: Well again these are tactics probably by Israel, and the United States to try and top the Flotilla by any means possible. The Flotilla will go, and it will either be stopped by Israel like the last one or they may even let the Flotilla go into Gaza. It can arrange anywhere in between. We just don’t know what will happen.

Press TV: Today as people share their memories of Victor, have you at the Free Gaza Movement heard anybody saying that they are now unwilling to go to Gaza, or is there a distrust of the situation in the Gaza Strip?

Kobren: With the Palestinian Solidarity Activists that I’m around and in contact with, there has not been a single one who will not continue their work because of this.



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