Pro-Palestinian activists set sail for Gaza from Cyprus

September 26, 2010 16:39


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FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus — A boat carrying activists from Israel, Germany, the US and Britain set sail for Gaza on Sunday, hoping to breach Israel's blockade there and deliver aid.

Richard Kuper, an organizer with the UK group Jews for Justice for Palestinians, said that one goal was to show that not all Jews support Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

He said that the boat, which set sail Sunday from northern Cyprus, will not resist if Israeli authorities try to stop it. The trip came nearly four months after Israeli commandos boarded a flotilla of Gaza-bound ships, killing nine activists.

The 33-foot (10-meter) catamaran Irene, carrying a total of nine passengers and crew members, plans to deliver children's toys, medical equipment and other supplies to Gaza.

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