Freedom Flotilla Update: Dignité-Al Karama will be arriving in Gaza any minute now.

PNN – Palestine News Network –  18.07.11 – 16:25

When the Freedom Flotilla II was thought to be deactivated, the French ship Dignité-Al Karama surprisingly decided at 8:30p.m. yesterday to keep on sailing towards Gaza.

The Dignité-Al Karama, the smallest ship of the Freedom Flotilla II, left Kastellorizo Island on Saturday night after being in Greek waters over the past weeks. It arrived at international waters 12 hours later without being followed by the coast guard or Navy. The crew, which had told the Greek authorities their destination was the Egyptian port of Alexandria, decided however to sail towards Gaza after a long debate.

The French yacht has been the only one successful in evading the Greek Authority’s decision to prevent the ships from leaving their shores. Thus, out of the 300 activists and dozen ships that made up the Freedom Flotilla II only ten activists and one small ship is left.

The passengers view themselves as “representatives of the whole Freedom Flotilla II – Stay Human”. Among them, there are representatives of the Canadian, French, Greek and Swedish Boats to Gaza, and also renowned Israeli journalist Amira Hass, reporting for Haaretz, and a team from Al-Jazeera TV.

They are aware of the potential risk of being stopped by the Israeli military. But they also know the symbolic importance of reaching Gaza, especially after the measures that Israel has employed in blocking the Flotilla by both force and pressures to the Greek Government.

“It is a message to the Israeli government, to the international community and to the besieged people of Gaza: The Canadian Boat to Gaza & Freedom Flotilla II are not giving up, until the inhumane and illegitimate blockade of Gaza is lifted. Gaza, we are coming!” they stated.

PNN – Palestine News Network – Freedom Flotilla Update: Dignité-Al Karama will be arriving in Gaza any minute now..

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