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Gaza Flotilla

Foreigners Aboard Gaza-Bound Ship Returning Home: Official

AP | Posted 09.19.2011 | World

JERUSALEM -- An Israeli official says all 15 foreigners aboard an intercepted Gaza-bound ship will return home by the end of the day. Interior Minist...

Gaza-Bound French Ship Seized By Israeli Navy

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 09.18.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli naval commandos on Tuesday seized control of a French ship attempting to break Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip and t...

By Torpedoing the Gaza Flotilla, Israel Sunk Its Own Ship

Medea Benjamin | Posted 09.11.2011 | World
Medea Benjamin

Through it all, the Israelis helped us turn a potential non-story into a media blitz that has not ended. The passengers are now returning home to the local public spotlight.

Pro-Palestinian Air Protest Blocked In Israel

AP | JEREMY LAST | Posted 09.07.2011 | World

TEL AVIV, Israel — Aided by Facebook, Israel on Friday prevented scores of pro-Palestinian activists from boarding Tel Aviv-bound flights in Eur...

Start of the Season

Kathy Kelly | Posted 09.06.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

I'm here as an activist passenger on the United States flotilla boat, blocked by the Greek government's decision. Our guiding question asks to what extent we can focus world attention on the plight of Palestinians in Gaza.

Israel Braces For Pro-Palestinian Activists' Arrival At Airport

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 09.06.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel dispatched a beefed-up security force to its main international airport Thursday and asked foreign airlines to prevent blackl...

Gaza Flotilla 2011: More 'Cat-And-Mouse' Than Crisis

AP | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 09.06.2011 | World

ATHENS, Greece -- On a hotel rooftop in Exarchia, a gritty neighborhood known to breed artists and anarchists, a hodgepodge of activists plotted how t...

Flotilla In, Negotiations Out?

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 09.04.2011 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Benjamin Netanyahu should be very careful not to waste the goodwill that was shown towards Israel by refraining from any move towards the Palestinian Authority.

Gaza-Bound Boat Escapes From Greece

Posted 09.04.2011 | World

PARIS (AP) — French pro-Palestinian activists say a pleasure craft linked to a flotilla banned from sailing from Greek ports to the Gaza Strip has l...

'Setting Sail on Gaza’s Sea of Spin' | ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 09.02.2011 | World

SOME see a parallel with the Exodus, the ship filled with Jewish refugees that tried to break the British blockade of Palestine in 1947 and helped swa...

Greece Arrests Gaza-Bound Boat Captain

Associated Press | Posted 09.01.2011 | World

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say they have arrested the captain of a boat that was to be part of a Gaza-bound flotilla trying to deli...

This Time, Israel Can Pass the Test of the Gaza Flotilla

Bradley Burston | Posted 08.31.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Friends of Israel, countries and individuals that sincerely wish Israelis well, should send a message this week: Mr. Netanyahu, Mr. Barak, for your sake, for Israel's sake, let the flotilla sail to Gaza.

Gaza-Bound Boats Barred From Leaving Greek Ports

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 08.31.2011 | World

ATHENS, Greece — American protesters on a boat bound for the Gaza Strip were escorted back to shore Friday, as Greece announced it was banning v...

Irish Vessel Abandons Gaza Flotilla After Israeli 'Sabatoge'

AP | Posted 08.30.2011 | World

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An Irish ship on Thursday dropped out of the pro-Palestinian flotilla planning to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, citing sabo...

An Open Letter to U.S. Senator Mark Kirk

Kathy Kelly | Posted 08.29.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

Senator Kirk, we are your constituents. It's not too late for you to acknowledge that your earlier call for military action against us jeopardizes our safety and to reverse your claim which insinuates that we are dangerous people.

"We Are Eager to Get to Gaza": Exclusive Report From Greece on U.S. Gaza Aid Flotilla

Democracy Now! | Posted 08.28.2011 | World
Democracy Now!

Up to 50 Americans are set to sail from a Greek port on a U.S.-flagged ship that is part of an international flotilla carrying humanitarian aid and le...

Occupying Political Space for Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.28.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

There is a new political moment in Palestine and the Arab world, which allows a different discussion than in the past, and rehashing old shibboleths isn't likely to help the Palestinian people win their freedom.

Gaza Flotilla Activists Seeking 'Blood,' Says Israeli Foreign Minister

Posted 08.28.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday participants in an aid flotilla planning to challenge an Israeli ...

Setting Sail for Gaza, Armed With Love Letters and a Missive From Dr. King

Medea Benjamin | Posted 08.26.2011 | World
Medea Benjamin

Our cargo is not humanitarian aid, as some of the other ships are carrying, but thousands of letters from the U.S. people, letters of compassion, solidarity and hope written to people living in the Gaza Strip.

Kucinich: Ensure Safety of U.S. Citizens on The Audacity of Hope

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.26.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

In any other arena of contemporary advocacy for peace, getting six Members of Congress to sign on to a letter designed to be spectacularly modest advocacy of basic common sense would not be something to crow about.

Letter From a Naive Peace Activist to an Israeli Naval Officer

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

As a passenger on the upcoming U.S. boat to Gaza, I read with keen interest the New York Times' account last week of Israeli military preparations to confront the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

U.S. Boat to Gaza is a Quarter Jewish -- "Not Too Shabby!"

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.06.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

What does it mean that the U.S. Boat to Gaza is a quarter Jewish? Maybe it means that we can openly contest a construction of Jewish identity based on supporting the obstruction of Palestinian freedom.

Rep. Schakowsky, Am I a "Provocation"?

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

For these Members of Congress to tell Turkey to stop the flotilla is like telling someone that they should give up acting because they are no good at it, right after they won an Academy Award.

To a Gaza Flotilla Participant

David Harris | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
David Harris

When activists seeking to break Gaza's blockade proclaim their commitment to nonviolence, how do they square that with Hamas's record of violence, including its bloody seizure of power from the Palestinian Authority four years ago?

Why We Must Sail to Gaza

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.13.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

A year ago, activists tried to break the blockade of Gaza with an international flotilla of ships. They failed. Now an even larger flotilla is preparing to set sail in June. And when the Audacity of Hope sets sail, I will be on it.