Convoys and Flotillas

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict* (March 13 – 19, 2013)

Issued on 19/03/2013 Type Article
While the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip remains quiet, terrorist attacks and acts of violence continue in Judea and Samaria. The Israel Security Agency revealed that since Operation Pillar of Defense Hamas has attempted to carry out terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria.
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The French Anti-Israeli organization EuroPalestine sent a delegation to the Gaza Strip hosted by the Hamas administration.

Issued on 31/12/2012 Type Article
The delegation held a small, low-profile display near the security fence and promised to promote Hamas' political agenda in France and international legal forums.
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The Turkish show trial in absentia of four senior Israelis involved in the events aboard the Mavi Marmara is expected to be renewed in February 2013.*

Issued on 31/12/2012 Type Article
The IHH, which played a leading role in the violence, is exploiting the trial for an anti-Israeli hate campaign, with anti-Semitic propaganda targeting Turkey's Jews.
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An Istanbul court holds a show trial of Israelis accused of responsibility for the deaths of nine Turkish operatives aboard the Mavi Marmara.

Issued on 13/11/2012 Type Article
The IHH, whose operatives waged a violent attack on the IDF, is exploiting the trial for hate propaganda and plans to use it for international lawfare.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 31 – November 6, 2012)

Issued on 06/11/2012 Type Article
Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip continues. This past week two rocket hits were identified in Israeli territory. Three IDF soldiers conducting routine counterterrorism activities near the security fence were wounded. A remark made by Mahmoud Abbas to Israel's Channel 2 TV implying he had relinquished the so-called "right of return" enraged the Palestinians (especially in the Gaza Strip) and the Arab world.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 25-October 2, 2012)

Issued on 02/10/2012 Type Article
This past week three rockets landed in Israeli territory. There were no casualties and no damage was done.
Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority, delivered a militant speech to the UN General Assembly which included strong accusations against Israel and its policies.
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Information on Convoys and Flotillas
The naval closure Israel imposed on the Gaza Strip led to a wave of protest actions by pro-Palestinian organizations, most of which centered around so-called "aid" convoys and flotillas. One of the most prominent was the Mavi Marmara flotilla.
The convoys and flotillas are part of the campaign to delegitimize Israel. Convoys and flotillas are organized by anti-Israeli networks and activists from the Middle East and around the world.
The flotillas are not fundamentally intended to bring supplies to the Gaza Strip but rather to challenge Israel, erode the legitimacy of its naval closure and strengthen the position of the de-facto Hamas administration; the convoys have basically the same purpose. The convoy and flotilla organizers seek to hamper the IDF's freedom of action to prevent weapons and terrorist operatives from entering the Gaza Strip.
The international community rejected the claim of the closure's illegitimacy, stating that aid could be transferred overland to the residents of the Gaza Strip without flotillas to challenge Israel. The international community has been critical of the convoys and flotillas and expressed reservations regarding them. According to the UN Palmer Commission Report, which addressed the issue, Israel's naval closure of the Gaza Strip is a legitimate security measure taken in self defense.