|See all those heroes? Very few of them will actually be sailing to Gaza.|
The Audacity of Hope will have about 40 on board, including crew.
They have raised several hundred thousand bucks in order to
bring...letters of solidarity to...Hamas.
Well, Israel's supporters have found a high profile way to fight back using lawfare-type ploys to hamper the 2011 Flotilla's advance towards the Gaza blockade (which a UN committee will assert as legal in an upcoming report). According the a NY Times report: “The departure of a pro-Palestinian flotilla of international ships planning to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza has been delayed, largely because of the efforts of an Israeli advocacy group, both sides said Tuesday.
As it is, Ynet reports that less than 300 participants are now planning to join the flotilla. Quite a comedown from last year when you consider that about 600 sailed on just the Mavi Marmara. Ynet has been handed an internal memo that reveals the pathetic decline in numbers:
Of course, never ones to miss an opportunity to massage the truth, the Flotistas are managing to spin their failure this way,"The situation isn't good, it is true that we will sail with fewer passengers than the previous flotilla but aside from various reasons, we must remember that the Turks aren't participating so