Know More About Palestine

Thursday June 24, 2010 11:26 AM (EST+7)
Lebanese aid group uses misinformation to trick foes

Read more: Lebanese flotilla, women flotilla, Gaza blockade, Mariam, siege, aid convoy, Gaza convoy

RAMALLAH, June 24 (JMCC) - The Lebanese organizers of an aid ship headed to the Gaza Strip are using misinformation as one of their tools as they try to reach their destination. When the vessels will leave and how many there are is some of the information being closely guarded by organizers and Lebanese officials, reports The National.

The organizers of the endeavor said they had been authorized to depart Lebanon immediately, but they were unwilling to announce the exact time of the departure, apparently in the hope of confusing the Israeli military about their intentions.

“We have been granted permission to go to Cyprus, and we are now in the process of making final preparations,” Yasser Kashlak, a Syrian of Palestinian origin who heads the group organizing the trip, The Free Palestine Movement, said.

The exact time of the ship’s departure was not the only secret yesterday. Organizers of a group of women activists led by the wife of a former Lebanese general once held in an Israeli jail, Ali al Hajj, said they would be leaving Lebanon in a ship named the Mariam. This group claims it will have more than 50 women aboard, but it was not immediately clear that the ship even exists.

Lebanon’s transportation minister, Ghazi Aridi, emphatically denied the existence of a second ship and insisted that no permission had been requested or given for a second ship to join the Julia on the voyage. “There is a campaign called ‘Mariam’, and the organizers of the campaign to lift the Gaza blockade did not say there was a vessel carrying that name,” a local newspaper quoted Mr Aridi as saying. “I do not know anything about a second aid ship”, he added. Earlier, he was quoted as saying that the Julia and the Mariam were the same vessel.

Read more at The National...






Al-Madaris St. (same building as
MBC and al-Arabiya studios)
First Floor, Al-Bireh
PO Box 4045, Ramallah
PO Box 25047, Jerusalem 97300
Phone: ++972-2-297-6555
Fax: ++972-2-297-6555
Log in to My JMCC
 or Sign Up
Forgot your password?Close
Front Page
My Comments Photo of the Day
Calendar Hot Spot(for journalists)
Audio of the Day Video of the Day
Most Popular Historical Timeline
Noticeboard Blogs
My Tags Help Desk
User Info
First Name
Last Name
My Tags 
I am a
After signing up,you will receive
an automatically
generated password in your
Recover Password
Submit Your Email
 or Sign Up