US denounces support for Gaza bound Flotilla II

By AFP
Published: June 25, 2011
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Israel raided an aid flotilla bound for Gaza last year in which nine activists were killed. A new flotilla is due to depart from US bearing supplies for Palestinians in Gaza. PHOTO: AFP

Israel raided an aid flotilla bound for Gaza last year in which nine activists were killed. A new flotilla is due to depart from US bearing supplies for Palestinians in Gaza. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON: United States warned Friday that a pro-Palestinian aid flotilla would be taking “irresponsible and provocative actions” if it carries out plans to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza.

The flotilla seeks to mark the anniversary last month of an Israeli commando raid that killed nine Turkish activists aboard a ship that was part of a flotilla trying to break the Israeli-imposed blockade of Gaza.

“We are concerned that a number of groups are organizing a one year ‘anniversary’ flotilla to commemorate the incident by sailing from various European ports to Gaza in the near future,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

“Groups that seek to break Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza are taking irresponsible and provocative actions that risk the safety of their passengers,” she said in a statement.

She said such flotillas are not needed to funnel humanitarian aid to Gaza because such assistance can be delivered to the Israeli port of Ashdod, where it “can be offloaded, inspected and transported to Gaza.”

“We urge all those seeking to provide such assistance to the people of Gaza to use these mechanisms, and not to participate in actions like the planned flotilla,” Nuland said.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday expressed her opposition to the planned flotilla.

“We do not believe that the flotilla is a necessary or useful effort to try to assist the people of Gaza,” the chief US diplomat told reporters.

“Just this week, the Israeli government approved a significant commitment to housing in Gaza. There will be construction materials entering Gaza,” Clinton said.

“And we think that it’s not helpful for there to be flotillas that try to provoke actions by entering into Israeli waters and creating a situation in which the Israelis have the right to defend themselves,” Clinton said.

On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists, including one who also had US citizenship, when they boarded a Turkish vessel that was part of a flotilla trying to break the Israeli-imposed blockade of Gaza.

A group of pro-Palestinian activists, led by several Turkish groups, have said they plan to sail within the next few days to Gaza, mainly from Greek ports.

 

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Babar
    Jun 25, 2011 - 7:57AM

    Ms. Clinton missed the entire point. Or did she?

    Flotillas are being sent to support freedom for Gaza against Israel’s holocaust on Palestine. Its not about delivering the aid but breaking the siege.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 25, 2011 - 8:10AM

    Every freedom movement must be supported. We the US citizens are not the slave of our govt. We are free to do whatever we think and believe is right. Recommend

  • malik
    Jun 25, 2011 - 9:44AM

    This is just an attempt to provoke Israelis and to precipitate some violent response from their side.

    Israel does not believe in keeping scoreline 2-1. It believes in scoreline 100-1. One small act of violence will be responded with disproportionate violence. What benefit will happen when you know how the enemy is going to respond?Recommend

  • Love Turkey
    Jun 25, 2011 - 1:38PM

    I support the action of Turkey. Where are other muslim countries, human rights organizations, UN and civilized nations. Recommend

  • safir
    Jun 25, 2011 - 6:25PM

    @ love turkey all the human rights organisation and democratic values goes to sleep
    when palestine or any……………………..Recommend

  • Noman
    Jun 26, 2011 - 1:42PM

    Mis Hillary statement is in keeping up with the time honoured tradition of US establisthment since 1960’s regarding Israel ie keep lying and condemn the victom and be as hypocratic as possible even if sounding very absurd and loosing all credibility. Shame on her for her ‘SHAMELESS UNASHAMEDNESS’Recommend

  • shaun
    Jun 26, 2011 - 9:03PM

    What is the name of this organisation? How can i donate to support it?Recommend

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