June 29, 2011
Gaza flotilla sails on despite technical difficulties
Reports of bureaucratic and technical obstacles have given flotilla organizers the chance to remain in the spotlight, resulting in an increased awareness of Israel's policies in Gaza.
Hundreds of participants in the flotilla to the Gaza Strip have been forced to cool their heels at ports around Greece and in other countries, in a war of attrition of sorts that is playing itself out on several fronts.
The delay in the flotilla’s departure has created financial pressure on the participating organizations, as well as the participants, who must pay for the travel and the prolonged stay in hotels.
Organizers say that so far, none of the passengers has dropped out, even though the delay has disrupted their personal plans and caused them extra expenses. But one of the organizers said that in addition to financial pressure, the delay is causing psychological pressure - which, he added, is clearly the intent of those causing the holdup.
Thus if the flotilla’s departure is delayed for an extended period, it is safe to assume that some people will forgo participation.
Read more at Haaretz.com.