Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Blog

In a statement that seemed to justify another violent raid by Israel, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the humanitarian flotilla en route to Gaza entitled the Israelis “to defend themselves.” Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) went a step further, calling for a joint US-Israeli military operation against the flotilla.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "We think that it’s not helpful for there to be flotillas that try to provoke actions by entering into Israeli waters and creating a situation in which the Israelis have the right to defend themselves."

Senator Mark Kirk: United States should "make available all necessary special operations and naval support to the Israeli Navy to effectively disable flotilla vessels before they can pose a threat to Israeli coastal security or put Israeli lives at risk."

Call Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (202-647-5291) and tell her:

  • The job of the State Department is to protect American citizens (especially unarmed civilians), not offer a green light for attacks on them
  • The easing of the humanitarian problems of Gaza is not enough. The blockade must be lifted entirely so Gaza’s economy can thrive and Palestinians can live decent, dignified lives

If you live in Illinois, contact Senator Mark Kirk’s Office by clicking here and tell him:

  • Calling for a joint military operation against a humanitarian flotilla that includes American citizens is grossly irresponsible
  • Military action against the flotilla will only further tarnish America’s image in the region. The US should be calling for the blockade to be lifted in order to avoid future flotillas


An international flotilla, including an American ship named “Audacity of Hope,” is currently en route to Gaza to break Israel’s unlawful blockade and deliver humanitarian assistance along with letters of solidarity to the people of Gaza.

Last year’s humanitarian flotilla to Gaza was infamously raided by Israeli commandos in international waters, resulting in the death of several Turkish activists on board of the Mavi Marmara, including a Turkish-American dual citizen. The incident garnered international attention on Israel’s unconscionable blockade on Gaza, compelling Israel to allow basic humanitarian necessities into the strip. The partial opening of the Rafah crossing in the aftermath of the fall of the Mubarak regime in Egypt further alleviated Gaza’s crisis, but the blockade continues to suffocate the Palestinian economy and endanger lives, thus precluding the possibility of dignified and prosperous lives for Palestinians in Gaza.

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