An international coalition again failed in its attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. But what were its real objectives? Was it just to bring humanitarian supplies? Or do something else? Did it succeed? Will the organizers try again? We interviewed Ehab Lotoyef, one of the principal organizers of the Canadian Boat to Gaza to get his views. See his interview below.
Four Canadians were among those who participated in Freedom Flotilla III, an attempt to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza last June. The Canadian Boat to Gaza group was part of the international Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC), a solidarity movement composed of groups from all over the world working together to end the siege of Gaza. It was formed after the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010 when Israeli special forces killed several people trying to bring aid to Gaza.
But Freedom Flotilla III was also stopped by the Israeli navy. Two of the Canadians, Robert Lovelace and Kevin Neish were arrested when the Israeli navy boarded the Mariana on the high seas on June 29th. Two others, Ehab Lotoyef, a Montreal engineer and Christian Martel a retired trade union leader, who were on accompanying boats, were forced to turn back.
While Freedom Flotilla III did not succeed in its stated mission of bringing much needed humanitarian supplies to Gaza, that was only part of its objective, according to Ehab Lotoyef, “We are proud of everyone who participated in Free Gaza III.”