Israel Warns Media On Gaza Flotilla →

Say you cover the Middle East and want to get a first hand look at the Gaza-bound flotilla activists are scheduled to sail in the upcoming days. Israel suggests you shouldn’t go, or it might prevent you from entering the country for the next 10 years.

Via Al Jazeera

Israel has warned journalists that they could be banned from entering the country for 10 years if they travel aboard an aid flotilla scheduled to set sail for the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli government issued the warning on Sunday, saying the journalists could also have their equipment seized in addition to other sanctions.

The threat came as pro-Palestinian activists prepared to set sail for Gaza from Greece and elsewhere in an effort to break Israel’s blockade of the coastal territory.

Eleven ships - nine passenger boats and two cargo ships - carrying about 1,000 activists from 20 countries are said to be taking part in the second Freedom Flotilla.

Among the activists are many Israelis, including Amira Hass, a prominent journalist of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

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