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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Civil resisters set to breach Gaza's blockade

As you probably know, Gaza Strip, also known as the largest concentration camp on Earth, is subject to extreme and inhuman blocakde by Israel and Egypt.

Right now two ships of the NGO Free Gaza are sailing from Cyprus in an open attempt to breach this blockade peacefully. They carry 200 hearing aids for children and, well, 500 balloons. The expectation is that the Israeli navy will intercept them but lawyers are already preparing charges of kidnapping, would that be the case, I guess that on the grounds that those are not Israeli territorial waters. It could be piracy too, I figure.

In any case, it seems that the important thing here is to challenge the illegal and criminal blockade itself. Nonviolent struggle has a lot of power but requires perseverance, patience. And obviously Palestinians have no more patience left.

- Al Jazeera

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