Warns Foreign Media Participation in Gaza Flotilla Is Violation
of International, Israel Law
have been warned that being in the Gaza flotilla would not constitute
freedom of the
press but rather incitement to terrorism. The Red Cross has declared
that there is no humanitarian crisis in
Gaza and that anyone trying to break the Gaza security blockade
would be helping Hamas to smuggle
weapons into Gaza to be used against Israeli civilians.
Israel News Agency
Israel ---- June 27, 2011 .... Oren Helman, Director of the Israel
Government Press Office has told the Israel News Agency that
participation in the Gaza Flotilla would be a serious violation
of both international and Israel law.
of ships is due to arrive soon in the Middle East in order to
try and enter the Gaza Strip," said Helman.
flotilla is a dangerous provocation that is being organized by
Western and Islamic extremist elements to aid Hamas, which the
world defines as an extremist Islamic terrorist organization.
Those participating in the flotilla have declared that it is their
intention to break the naval blockade that has been imposed on
the Gaza Strip for security reasons, given Hamas's efforts to
smuggle weaponry and terrorists into the Gaza Strip."
"The Gaza flotilla intends to knowingly violate the blockade
that has been declared legally and is in accordance with all treaties
and international law. The Government of Israel has instructed
the IDF not to allow the flotilla to reach its goal."
Director of the Government Press Office, I would like to make
it clear to you and to the media that you represent, that participation
in the flotilla is an intentional violation of Israel law and
is liable to lead to participants being denied entry into the
State of Israel for ten years, to the impoundment of their equipment
and to additional sanctions."
you to avoid taking part in this provocative and dangerous event,
the purpose of which is to undermine Israel's right to defend
itself and to knowingly violate Israeli law. Please pass along
the contents of this letter to your editorial boards around the
IHH head Bülent
Yildirim recently announced that due to technical difficulties,
the Mavi Marmara would not sail with the other ships in the upcoming
flotilla to Gaza. The participation of the Turkish cargo ship
was also canceled.
the flotilla's organizers who do not belong to IHH are still planning
to go ahead, although on a smaller scale than previously planned,
with the participation of Western (American, Canadian, European
and Australian) anti-Israeli networks. It is not known whether
IHH activists will sail on the Western ships (which in our assessment
are at full capacity) as announced by Bülent Yildirim, or
whether the entire organization will not participate in the current
flotilla. In any event, even if IHH activists do sail, their presence
will be small and symbolic, as opposed to the central part they
played in the previous flotilla.
Even if the
flotilla does take place, there will be a significant difference
between its original plan and final format. Since the previous
flotilla, the organizers have been acting to dispatch an upgraded
flotilla of 15 vessels whose flagship would be the Mavi Marmara.
Their objective was to magnify the flotilla's propaganda effect
and set a new high point in their anti-Israeli campaign, while
making it difficult for Israel to respond to the challenge. In
effect, there will be fewer ships than planned.
the flagship Mavi Marmara, which became a symbol and was supposed
to carry a significant number of participants, will not sail.
Moreover, during the political propaganda campaign which has been
waged in recent months, the organizers faced a number of setbacks
which eroded the legitimacy for flotilla as far as world opinion
was concerned as reservations were expressed openly by the Secretary-General
of the UN, the United States, the European Union and various Western
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