Flotilla organizers to Haaretz: We expect to reach
Canadian activist Ehab Lotayef says two-vessel flotilla
is 'halfway to
from our side' in dealing with
By Natasha Mozgovaya
Ehab Lotayef, one of the Canadian organizers of the
Gaza-bound flotilla that set sail from
Wednesday, says that the ship is "halfway to
expects to arrive at its destination "within the next
Speaking with Haaretz via satellite phone on board the
"Tahrir," Lotayef said that the activists had not yet
been contacted by the
they are still contemplating their strategy.
"We might speed u a bit, we might slow down a little,
but there will be no violence from our side," he said.
The activists are aware that the IDF plans to intercept
the two vessels that are heading for
"We've heard from the press they are planning to stop
us, but we are determined to reach
going to do our best to reach it in a non-violent
confrontation way," he said.
"I don't have illusions that our mission will end all
the problems tomorrow, but we are using any tool to
call attention to the suffering of people in
didn't come to fight with the Israeli army, we came to
deliver a clear message: the blockade of
illegal and inhumane. It should end." Lotayef added.
When asked about the rockets fired from the
from the cycle of violence. Our view is that violence
against civilians is unacceptable in all cases. We
still believe the blockade needs to be lifted, and that
for many decades
their basic rights."
Lotayef added that sailing conditions are not ideal,
and that the sea is not "totally smooth," but that
everybody on board is well, and that any hardship they
might experience is nothing in comparison to the
conditions of the "open-sky prison" of
The Israeli Navy started tracking the two-vessel ships
According to information obtained by security services,
the two ships left
intentions to sale to
presently that indicates Turkish involvement in the flotilla.
The passengers on the two ships - a small ship named
"Al-Tahrir" and a yacht named "the Saoirse" are
believed to be activists in two pro-Palestinian
According to IDF estimates, judging by the speed of the
ships and the conditions at sea, the IDF estimates that
the ships will arrive in
and early Friday morning.
2010. The six-vessel convoy had the intention of
breaking through a comprehensive blockade
placed on the coastal territory. The most recent
flotilla attempt in July 2011 did not reach