CIR denounces International silence toward Israeli piracy against breaking siege flotillas

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) denounced the international silence toward the Israeli occupation’s encroachment and piracy against the flotillas trying to break 12 years-long siege imposed on Gaza.

In a statement issued on Monday, the council said that this silence reflects global complicity against the rights of the Palestinian people, including freedom of movement and the use of their territorial waters, calling on the international community to take a serious stand to stop this repeated crime by the Israeli occupation.

The CIR praised the efforts of the activists who did not despair or spared no effort to deliver their humanitarian message and break the siege, stressing that the crimes of the occupation, whatever their extent, will not weaken the support of the Palestinian people.

On Sunday, the Israeli occupation navy intercepted a Norwegian-flagged activist boat trying to break the more than decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Home to nearly two million Palestinians, the Gaza Strip has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2006 that has devastated its economy, impoverished its population and left 60 percent without jobs, adequate electricity and health services.