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Sunday July 3, 2011

Tweets aplenty over Gaza flotilla situation

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian delegation aboard the Freedom Flotilla 2 has been giving updates about their attempts to reach Gaza via Twitter.

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who is aboard the Dutch-Italian ship Stefano Chiarini, is among those actively tweeting on their situation over the past few days.

“Active Israeli pressure on Greece not to let #flotilla2 boats out. Sabotage and bureaucratic obstacles continue,” said Khairy on July 1.

The Greek Government on Friday had banned vessels planning to break a sea blockade by Israel from leaving its shores.

For Gaza: Khairy (centre) together with other volunteers holding up the Malaysian flag on board Sefano Chiarini yesterday. Also present were Norazman (second from right), Ahmad Zaki (fifth from left) and Shah Alam parliament member Khalid Abdul Samad (third from right). — Bernama

“Trying to coordinate efforts with all MPs left on #flotilla2. Not easy we are on different boats. Have to take initiative to organise,” said a tweet on his timeline yesterday.

The flotilla has attracted numerous activists from all over the world, including author Alice Walker, who wrote the Pulitzer-winning novel The Color Purple.

“Brian, 65 yr old US-Swiss #flotilla2 activist, saw para wings on my bag & said ‘me too’. Airborne brotherhood across the ages & continents!” tweeted Khairy about a fellow activist.

Despite the ban, the Malaysian delegation aboard the Freedom Flotilla 2 has resolved to continue onward to Gaza.

The delegation also includes Life Line For Gaza (LL4G) Malaysia president Norazman Mohd Shamsuddin, Aman Malaysia chairman Datuk Ahmad Zaki Zahid, journalists and a doctor.

Norazman said they would proceed if their ship’s captain agreed and would join protests at Corfu, where they are docked, if the ships were still not allowed to leave for Gaza.

“The delegation will also join other protesters in Athens to protest the ban,” he said in a statement yesterday.

LL4G crisis management team secretary Hishamuddin Hussein said a group of non-governmental organisations and political parties would band together to deliver a memorandum to the Greek embassy here at 2pm tomorrow.

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