Friday, July 01, 2011

Hope Dashed So Quickly

A boat carrying dozens of US activists seeking to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has been towed back to port by a Greek coast guard after setting sail from a port in Greece.

The boat, dubbed The Audacity of Hope, is one of nine vessels carrying several hundred activists who say they want to deliver aid to the Palestinian territory. The boat left the port of Perama on Friday.Joseph Dana, a journalist for the Nation magazine on board the boat told Al Jazeera that the ship left the port of Perama and sailed for an hour after which it was intercepted by a Greek coast guard ship that demanded it return to the port.


The Greek embassy in Tel Aviv put out a statement confirming that the Greek coast guard has enforced a decision by the Civil Defence to prevent all flotilla vessels from leaving Greek ports.


Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, said in a speech to graduating army cadets on Thursday: "I would like to praise the many leaders throughout the world who worked against the 'provocation flotilla,' led by US and European leaders, [the] UN secretary general and my friend the Greek prime minister."


Yeah, the Audacious US activists probably should have set sail from a country that isn’t in dire need of US support. Maybe they didn’t think this through.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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