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Israel: New Gaza flotilla has ties to Hamas, terrorist organizations

Israel's ambassador to UN warns the organization not to allow new flotilla, planned for May, to launch; U.S., Germany also call on flotilla organizers to find other ways to deliver aid to Gaza.


by Shlomo Shamir and DPA and Haaretz Service

April 21, 2011 | 12:11 pm

Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, Mavi Marmara resulted in the deaths of 9 Turkish activists May 22, 2010.

Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, Mavi Marmara resulted in the deaths of 9 Turkish activists May 22, 2010.

Israel warned the United Nations Security Council on Thursday not to allow a new flotilla to sail to Gaza, saying that the flotilla organizers had “ties to Hamas and other terrorist organizations.”

Another flotilla to Gaza is being planned for May, one year after Israel’s deadly raid on the aid flotilla that sailed from Turkey. The new flotilla being planned is larger than the last one, with 15 ships that will transport over 1,000 people in an attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade on the Strip.

While speaking to the UN on Thursday, Israel’s UN Ambassador Meron Reuben said, “Numerous participants engaged in the planning of this flotilla have made very troubling statements expressing their willingness to become martyrs in this effort,” Reuben said.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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