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U.S. Warns Peace Activists Not to Join Gaza Flotilla

HeadlinesJun 24, 2011

The Obama administration is warning U.S. peace activists not to join the upcoming aid flotilla to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. In a new travel advisory, the U.S. Department of State warns Americans not to travel to Gaza, including by sea, citing the Israeli killing of nine people in the first Freedom Flotilla just over a year ago. The warning was issued after members of the U.S. delegation called on the White House to back their safe passage. In a statement, flotilla passenger Hagit Borer said, "Apparently, the State Department subscribes to the view that Israel’s anticipated violence against unarmed protesters is an immutable act of nature." Democracy Now! will be covering the voyage of the Audacity of Hope, the U.S. ship that will carry about 50 Americans, part of a larger flotilla that is challenging the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

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