Israel: agreement with Cyprus is "significant"

In continuing confirmation of our previous reporting about the Israeli government’s new appreciation for international law, the Israeli Foreign Ministry is now making an effort to explain the significance of the agreement it reached last Friday afternoon with Cyprus on how to delimit their overlapping maritime rights. The Israeli FM explained...

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Investigation: IHH says it was notified of 40-mile Israeli no-go zone

2010.05.07 On 7 May, the Turkish relief organization IHH posted these remarks on its website [in a post entitled “Israel Is Acting Like Pirates”]: “Bulent Yildirim, President of IHH, said ‘If they harass the flotilla, what is left to separate the state of Israel from the pirates of Somalia?’ noting that the convoy will...

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Cyprus?

According to my first morning sms, the Lebanese Transport Minister has told the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation that the two boats planning to sail to Gaza — the Lebanese Flotilla — have been given permits to go to Cyprus. He indicated that it will then be up to Cyprus to decide if these Lebanese ships can […]

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Israel will not loosen naval blockade of Gaza

As we reported earlier, Israel will maintain its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip even as it accedes to international demands to ease the military-administered sanctions it imposes on the coastal territory. Israel’s security cabinet met on Sunday, as did the full cabinet. A decision was taken to allow into Gaza (via land crossings only) [&hel...

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Waiting for news about MV Rachel Corrie

We are waiting for news on Friday afternoon about the fate of the MV Rachel Corrie, a ship wholly owned by the Free Gaza movement which has made 8 expeditions by sea to Gaza (with mixed results, but some initial success). There have been all kinds of contradictory reports today UPDATE’: The Irish Times is […]

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D-day for Freedom Flotilla to Gaza?

The Freedom Flotilla to Gaza appears to be having difficulties as it nears it goal – arrival on the shores of Gaza with a reported 10,000 tons of donations (prefabricated housing to pencils, they say). The Turkish organization for humanitarian relief, IHH – “We are taking the largest fleet of aid to Palestine to date”, [&hel...

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