ECESG, from its headquarters in Brussels, also expressed its dismay for Greek authorities “submission” to Israeli blackmail and Israeli threats , and abetment in Israel’s siege of the Strip, that entered its fifth consecutive year.
The head ECESG , Arafat Madi , in a press statement said “ We are determined in the coalition of Freedom Flotilla to break the oppressive blockade of Gaza” noting that “ the international solidarity movement and support to the besieged Palestinians are increasing ,while such event is increasingly unveiling the ugly face of the occupation” to world community.
He added “ One of the important objectives of Freedom Flotilla was to highlight the issue of continued and oppressive Israeli siege to international media outlets, and raise the awareness of world community on the extent of Israeli violations of international and humanitarian laws”.
It’s worth mentioning to say that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed thanks and appreciation to those countries that pressured to ban “Freedom Flotilla II” , especially Greek government, the US Administration, and UN secretary general Ban Ki- moon.
In 31st of May 2010 Israeli navy troops attacked Freedom Flotilla 1, in international waters off Gaza Strip, killed ten Turkish peaceful activists, and injured tens of others .