German activists set sail for Gaza in support of Freedom Flotilla

A humanitarian aid ship will set sail for Gaza from the German port city of Hamburg on June 19 to support an international initiative to break the Israeli siege by sending ships carrying humanitarian supplies.

The ship, named Freedom Flotilla II, is sponsored by Professor Udo Steinbach, a well-known German expert on the Middle East, and the German Initiative to Break the Siege of Gaza.

Former German deputy Norman Paech has also expressed his support for the enterprise and said the embargo on Palestine was against international law. Paech was onboard the Mavi Marmara in 2010, when Israeli commandos boarded the ship and killed nine Turkish activists. The vessel was part of the “Freedom Flotilla,” a group of ships carrying international activists trying to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The president of the German Jewish Community, or DIG, Reinhold Robbe, criticized Professor Steinbach and said he was letting radical people use his name and academic renown, urging him to give up his support for the flotilla, according to the Anatolia news agency.

German journalist Peter Wolter and Swiss writer Henning Mankell will also be onboard the flotilla. All aid ships bound for Gaza are expected to meet in Greece on June 27.


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