The impossibility of maintaining the Gaza blockade for much longer is about to be demonstrated again - this time by a Jewish group who set sail today from northern Cyprus heading for Gaza. The boat, Irene, sails under a British flag with 10 passengers and crew. A survivor of the Shoah and a man whose daughter was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber while out shopping are on board.
BBC News - Jewish activists sail to Gaza in defiance of blockadeBBC said:Richard Kuper, a member of the UK-based organising group Jews for Justice for Palestinians, said the boat was a symbolic act of protest and also a message of solidarity to "Palestinians and Israelis who seek peace and justice".
Among the activists is 82-year-old Holocaust survivor Reuven Moskovitz.
"It is a sacred duty for me, as a [Holocaust] survivor, to protest against the persecution, the oppression and the imprisonment of so many people in Gaza, including more than 800,000 children," he said.
Another passenger is Rami Elhanan, 60, an Israeli whose daughter Smadar died in a suicide bombing at a shopping centre in Jerusalem in 1997.
He said reconciliation with the Palestinians was the surest path to peace.
"Those 1.5 million people in Gaza are victims exactly as I am," he said.