Greece is under Israel’s occupation – video

 

PressTV Mon Jul 4, 2011 3:39PM





Greece’s decision to prevent a Gaza-bound aid flotilla from leaving its coast means Greece is under Israel’s occupation, says a co-founder of Free Palestine Movement.

“They [the Greek government] have said openly that it was the United States that pressured them to do that [prevent the aid flotilla from setting sail to Gaza] when the United States has said so as well and we know that … they [US government] are doing it [pressuring Greece] because the Israeli government wants them [to do so],” Paul Larudee told Press TV on Sunday.

“So, in effect, Greece is occupied by Israel very much like Palestine,” he added.

Greece seized the US “Audacity of Hope” on Friday moments after it set sail for Gaza to break Israel’s blockade of the Palestinian coastal strip.

The aid convoy’s captain was later arrested for attempting to cast off without permission.

Greece has recently expanded its relations with Israel, and Athens and Tel Aviv are currently holding preliminary talks on potential energy deals.

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

Some 1.5 million residents of Gaza are being denied their basic rights, including freedom of movement, the right to a decent standard of living, and proper employment, healthcare, and education.

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