Israel hits back at foreign journalists who seek passage on Gaza flotilla

It's better than doing nothing and allowing all that sympathetic coverage of "peace" activists to go unchallenged. Reuters: Israel warned foreign journalists on Sunday they could be barred from the country for 10 years if they board a new flotilla that plans to challenge an Israeli naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. In a statement sent by email to Reuters and other international news organizations, Oren Helman, director of Israel's Government Press Office, said participation in the flotilla would be "an intentional violation" of Israeli law. A year ago, nine Turkish activists, including one with dual U.S.-Turkish nationality, were killed by Israeli soldiers who raided a Gaza-bound aid convoy and were confronted by passengers wielding clubs and knives. Pro-Palestinian activists have said ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip could depart from European ports in the coming days. Helman said that sailing in a new flotilla "is liable to lead to participants being denied entry...(Read Full Post)