Get ready — this will be taken as a direct challenge to Israeli control of “Greater Israel.” Israel’s deadly response to the last Gaza flotilla almost turned into a disaster for them (and still could, depending on Turkey).
From Just Foreign Policy (my emphasis):
TWO BOATS WITH PASSENGERS FROM 5 COUNTRIES (INCLUDING THE U.S.) HAVE SET SAIL TO GAZA
Organizers say: “It is time to lift the siege of Gaza which deprives 1.6 million civilians of their rights to travel, work, study, develop their economy and be free.”
The Canadian ship Tahrir and the Irish ship Saoirse have successfully reached international waters, initiating the “Freedom Wave to Gaza.” The boats have embarked from Turkey and are on the Mediterranean Sea. In all, the 2 boats carry 27 passengers from Canada, Ireland, U.S., Palestine, and Australia.
Kit Kittredge on board the Tahrir was previously a passenger on the American ship, The Audacity of Hope, which attempted passage to Gaza last July. Kittredge says, “ The only obstacles in our way are Israel’s military and the complicity of the Obama administration but in our sails is the wind of worldwide public opinion which has turned against the illegal blockade.”
Just like with the Occupy Movement and Tahrir Square before it, action counts. (It’s also the antidote for depression, in case you were wondering.)
As always, stay tuned. This could “go big” as they like to say, and quickly.