Israel threatens to punish journalists for covering Gaza flotilla
A flotilla of activists preparing to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza is expected to leave Greece this week.
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“We should all be extremely concerned by the announcement that among those sailing on the imminent flotilla to Gaza are journalists representing mainstream media, including the New York Times and camera crews from CNN and CBS,” writes Simon Plosker. “This is a clear example of the symbiotic relationship between the media and anti-Israel agitators such as those behind the flotilla.”Skip to next paragraph
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Israel: We will stop the flotilla
Israel said Thursday it would stop the flotilla from reaching Gaza.
"The flotilla has nothing constructive. There is nothing humanitarian or anything that has to do with Palestinian welfare in the organizing of this flotilla," said Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor. Mr. Prosor called flotilla participants "extremists."
On Friday, US Department of State spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said those participating are taking “irresponsible and provocative” actions and urged activists to use “established and efficient” mechanisms for getting aid to Gaza. According to the AFP international news service, the flotilla includes about 350 pro-Palestinian activists from 22 countries.
Al Jazeera reports that the activists are purposefully keeping their departure date vague to “keep an element of surprise.”
After Greek authorities said they had received a complaint about the seaworthiness of one of the vessels, which may keep it from sailing, some of the activists accused Israel and the US of pressuring the Greek government to keep the flotilla from sailing, reports Al Jazeera.
Israel denied pressuring Greece, reports CNN.