Israel Demands Europe Stop Citizens From Gaza Aid Trip

Israeli Officials Warn Aid Ship Will Be Stopped

Naor Gilon, a high ranking member of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, today announced that he had met with the ambassadors from several European states to demand that they do something to prevent their citizens from sending private aid ships to the Gaza Strip.

Gilon warned the ambassadors that Israel considered the aid “provocation” and that they would do whatever was necessary to stop the aid ships from reaching the strip.

Israel has had a blockade against most humanitarian aid reaching the Gaza Strip for years, and at times the Israeli Navy has attacked aid ships that got too near the tiny enclave.

Israel’s military today lifted a “gag order” on the arrest of a Turkish citizen weeks ago whom they have accused of being a member of a humanitarian group. Shin Bet alleged that the group is plotting to send a shipload of humanitarian aid to the strip.

Israel has previously arrested people for attempting to provide aid to the strip, including a June 30 incident in which they captured former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. She was charged with “illegally entering Israel” even though the boat she was on was captured by the Israeli Navy and forced to dock in Israel. The aid was seized by the government.

Author: Jason Ditz

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