British government warns against flotilla participation

June 18, 2010 05:19

Israel approves of UK's move.

Palestinian flags wave in Gaza port, foreground, a

Gaza Flotilla 311. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The British Foreign Office has issued a travel advisory recommending that its citizens not take part in flotillas trying to break the Gaza blockade, something Israel is lobbying other countries to do as well.

The travel advisory for “Israel and the Occupied Territories” that was placed on the Foreign Office’s Web site soon after the May 31 flotilla raid reads that “participating in a convoy of this kind brings a real risk of injury or death. We strongly advise against anyone attempting to break the naval blockade in this way.” The advisory also reads, “We advise against all travel to Gaza (including the waters off Gaza).”

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One Israeli Foreign Ministry official said that statements such as these were significant because they make it clear that the governments that issue the advisories view the attempt to break the blockade as negative, and hint that those who insist on taking part in the flotillas should not later come to their home governments looking for support.

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