[ View the story "Protest at sea over Israeli blockade" on Storify] Protest at sea over Israeli blockade Activists protested off the coast of Gaza against fishing restrictions they say have stifled the economy.
The Stream· Mon, Dec 02 2013 11:06:41
In a Facebook
, spokesperson for Intifada Coalition demanded an end to fishing restrictions.
“The fishermen of Gaza are unable to support themselves or our economy,” said one of the organisers, Majed Abusalama. “They are under constant Israeli military attack, regardless of whether they are inside the legal limit. In fact the Israeli ‘limit’ is more like a rubber-band, stretching and pinging back at Israel’s whim – but never stretching to the 20 miles allowed under the Oslo Accords, while often pinging under the three miles allowed by even their most strict ‘official’ limit of three miles.”facebook.com
Friend of mine in #Gaza is sailing today in a massive flotilla of activists, protesting against the blockade. Hope he is safe #SumudFlotillaJulia Macfarlane
Hundreds of Palestinian men and women and international supporters have joined #justiceflotilla to demand access to the sea free from IO ...Corporate Occupation
To the crew and all on board the #SUMUDFlotilla You showed tremendous courage..We are proud of you and what you have accomplished. Thank youthєαngєlwínkѕ
This action leaves me filled with #Hope. Love & Respect to #GazaYouthCoalition & all others in #SumudFlotilla #Gaza
However, some were sceptical over the move.
@GazaArk Israel obeyed international law: Legally, the Gaza flotilla conflict is an open-and-shut caseĔlōhîmABBAĔl'ō-hēm
Because the first flotilla went so well. MT: @michaelshuval Gaza: A flotilla will try to sail out of #Gaza shortly 'to break the siege'Daniel Workman
Sorry, it's not the flotilla that helps Palestinians the most, it's #Israel.Ryan Landreville
Twitter users provided real-time updates on the flotilla's distance from the shore.
Update : At Least 5 big ships & 6 boats carried 120 activists were sailed earlier today to break the naval blockade #SumudFlotilla #GazaIssam Sammour
Prayers are with #SumudFlotilla it has just passed 2 miles from shoreShehaam Noordien
@INTIFADA27: Picture of the activists on Sumud Flotilla praying at noon on one of the boats that reached 4.5 miles now.
صورة للمشاركين في قافلة الصمود والعدالة يؤدون صلاة الظهر على متن أحد القوارب المبحرةوالتي وصلت لـ4.5ميل بحري حتى الآن
#SumudFlotilla #JusticeFlotilla at 5.5 miles offshore. We hope for their safety and admire their passion and resistance. #Gaza #PalestineVoice of the Youth
Update Today #SumudFlotilla reached past 6 miles out Gaza's ocean breaking Gaza's blockade. "We are sailing for...
We Went and came back safe, But Lots of #Drones and Different #Israeli #Navy Boats were around. #SumudFlotillaMajed Abusalama
An Israeli military spokeswoman
none of the boats involved in this protest breached the fishing zone limit.
Thanks to Stream community member @BeaC48 for alerting us to this story.
@AJStream The #SumudFlotilla Sailing for Freedom. Sailing for their Rights. Follow @MajedAbusalama for more information!Bea