VIDEO: Inside Story report, Aljazeera, 1 July 2015
Israel’s navy seizes an activists’ boat attempting to break a blockade of the Palestinian territory. It’s almost a year since Israel’s 50-day war on Gaza. The assault, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, added to the already desperate living conditions for the 1.8 million people living in the Palestinian territory. A UN report in August concluded that almost everyone in Gaza faced some urgent need for basic protection, healthcare, housing, food and water.
In a largely symbolic gesture, a converted trawler has tried to break an Israeli blockade of the coastal strip to deliver humanitarian aid. But the Marianne was boarded by the Israeli Navy on Monday, and the activists detained. On Inside Story: is Israel justified in maintaining its nine year blockade in the name of security, or are the continued restrictions in contravention of international law?
Presenter:Martine Dennis. Guests: Rami Abdo – Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Observer for Human Rights. Ben Hartman – national security correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. Diala Chehade – president of the Center for Defending Civil Rights and Liberties and an international criminal law specialist.