Wednesday 6 April 2011

European Gaza flotilla seeks EU political cover

In spite of all the problems, Europeans and the Euro media never give up on their favourite pastime:  Israel bashing.

Source: EU Observer (Second Gaza flotilla seeks EU political cover)

The organisers of a second flotilla aiming to break Israel's siege on Gaza are seeking EU diplomatic protection after Israeli commandos killed nine people and injured 52 during their first trip in 2010.

Speaking to EUobserver from Paris on Monday (4 April), Claude Leostic from Association France Palestine Solidarite (AFPS) said the group will next week send letters to top EU officials Herman Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton urging them to threaten Israel with economic sanctions if there is a repeat of last year's violence.

The first Gaza flotilla ended in an Israeli commando raid which killed nine people and injured 52.

"The EU has been saying for a long time that the blockade is against international law. It has the means to apply economic pressure, to cancel its economic agreement with Israel. If they are serious about their position, they could send such a message. This would be a really good move," she explained.

The NGOs behind the project also expect several MPs from EU countries and MEPs from Brussels to join them when they set sail in late May. [...]

Photo: peaceful flotilla "militant".

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