The Israeli Navy is preparing to stop a group of women who will try to reach Gaza on board a boat on Wednesday in a bid to break Israel’s naval blockade.
The reason Israel has imposed a blockade on Gaza is because the Hamas government has been declaring practically every day its intent to destroy Israel, and has been devoting most of its international aid money to military preparations to carry out this threat.
Fifteen women will try to breach the blockade aboard the Zaytouna-Oliva boat early on Wednesday, said spokeswoman Claude Leotic.
“But we fear there will be an Israeli attack” to prevent the boat from reaching Gaza’s shores, she told AFP Tuesday in a telephone interview
Much like other similar instances since the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla, the Navy will not allow the boat to arrive in Gaza and it will likely be escorted to the port of Ashdod.
The women’s initiative is one of several recent attempts to break Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza, which a UN team has said is completely legal and is meant to prevent heavy weapons from reaching the region from which thousands of rockets have been launched against Israeli civilians.
The first, and perhaps most famous flotilla, was the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla. When the ships taking part refused to stop and turn to the Ashdod port, IDF soldiers boarded it, upon which they were assaulted by the “humanitarian” activists wielding knives, iron bars and other lethal weapons.
The soldiers were forced to open fire to save their lives, killing ten of their assailants and sparking an international media backlash.
Despite the supposed “humanitarian” aims of the effort, Israel found the flotilla in fact was not carrying any humanitarian aid, or any other type of supplies for that matter.
In early July, a week after Israel and Turkey signed their reconciliation agreement, a Turkish aid ship arrived at the Ashdod Port with food, medicine and toys that were checked and then transported into the Gaza Strip. On board were 22 crewmen, journalists and Red Crescent personnel. All were approved entry to Israel by the Interior Ministry.