Navy Prepares to Turn Back Gaza Activists

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CBNNews.com - The Israeli navy is preparing to deal with two boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists from abroad who want to make a public show of breaking "the siege of Gaza."

The 44 activists on board the two boats hope to attract international media attention in what Israel is calling a publicity stunt.

The activists set off from Crete, with a layover in Cyprus, where the group's spokeswoman, Gretta Berlin, told reporters that they would not allow Israel's navy to interfere with their mission or force them to turn back.

"Why should we turn around? Israel doesn't own that property. We have been invited by the people of Gaza," Berlin said.

"We'll stand in line, link arms and tell them they're not wanted," she said.

Meanwhile, in a message posted on the Free Gaza Movement's Web site, a French member of the group said she received a threatening phone call.

"An anonymous man called my home in France as my daughters played hide and seek in the garden," she wrote. "This stranger spoke to my husband, warning him that 'your wife is in great danger [because] these ships will be blown up,'" the statement read.

"My husband asked how it was this person had obtained our private home number. No response was forthcoming, but the illicit threats carried on," the message stated.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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