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Plans for Second Gaza Flotilla Halted

July 5, 2011

Plans for a second Gaza Flotilla were halted today when Greek authorities announced that the ships would not be granted the necessary departure paperwork. The Council of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations released a statement encouraging member agencies to thank the government of Greece for its actions. The statement can be found below.

A few weeks ago, the U.S. State Department released a travel warning advising U.S. citizens against traveling to Gaza by any means, including via sea. The Quartet on the Middle East (United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia) released a statement on July 2, 2011, urging "all those wishing to deliver goods to the people of Gaza to do so through established channels so that their cargo can be inspected and transferred via established land crossings."

Members of the Jewish community have expressed concern during the past few weeks that a second Gaza Flotilla would further incite anti-Israel sentiments and hinder the possibility for restarting the peace process.

For additional information about the Gaza Flotilla visit:

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (www.conferenceofpresidents.org)
The Israel Project (www.theisraelproject.org)
Gaza Flotilla 101 (www.gazaflotilla101.com)

Click here for information about Hadassah's involvement in the Gaza Flotilla situation from last June.

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LETTERS OF SUPPORT TO GREEK GOVERNMENT LEADERS

We [The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations] encourage member agencies to express their support and appreciation to the government of Greece for taking decisive and appropriate action consistent with international law to prevent the confrontational flotilla of ships from leaving Greek ports. As we indicated in a statement released over the weekend, the resolve demonstrated by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Citizen Protection, who announced the ban, sets an example of strong moral and political leadership for the international community. These acknowledgements are particularly important and meaningful in view of the protests that have been lodged by the flotilla's organizers and their backers.

Communications may be sent to as follows:

Prime Minister George Papandreou:
Fax: (30)210-368-1499 or
(30)210-368-1641

Minister for Citizen Protection Christos Papoutsis:
Fax: (30)210-692-9764
Email: pressoffice@yptp.org

Ambassador Vassilis Kaskarelis:
Fax: (202)939-1324

Date: 7/5/2011 12:00:00 AM

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