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Israeli Defense Forces board French-flagged boat headed to Gaza

Israeli navy boats have stopped and boarded a small, French-flagged boat called Dignité that was heading for Gaza. It was one of a flotilla of 12 boats that planned to sail to Gaza this summer in a show of solidarity with Palestinians in the blockaded region. All the other boats, including a Canadian-sponsored boat called the Tahrir, were not permitted to leave port in Greece. Marc Montgomery speaks with two people about the situation. David Heap is a member of the Canadian Boat to Gaza Steering committee and he was in touch with Canadian Stephane Corriveau, one of about 16 passengers aboard the French boat when it was stopped. Then Marc gets the other side of the story from Israeli Defence Forces spokesperson, Lt. Col Avital Leibovich in Jerusalem. ( Photo: AFP )

Links:

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii_QOm993WI
- http://www.tahrir.ca/

Photo: The ship flying the French flag, "Dignité - Al Karama", sails off the coast of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. - AFP

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