Activists prepare for new Gaza aid flotilla
Published 31/08/2010 | 05:00
PRECAUTIONS are being taken in case of an Israeli attack against a second 'freedom flotilla' to Gaza that is expected to include an Irish boat and up to 50 Irish people.
Ships travelling as part of the previous flotilla were stormed in May by Israeli commandos while they were in international waters en route to Gaza. Nine people were killed.
Plans for a second flotilla are being developed and yesterday a coalition of seven pro-Palestinian groups in Ireland launched a fundraising campaign to purchase a ship. The Irish aboard will be made up of activists, journalists and politicians.
Dr Fintan Lane, who travelled on the first flotilla and is spearheading the project, said: "We will have a support team in case anything happens. If people are kidnapped again, we will have the provision to communicate with families."