Faced with increasing pressure from the U.S. and Israeli
governments, the government of Greece has officially prohibited any ships in
its harbors fromleaving for Gaza. This
action was directed at the organizers of the Freedom Flotilla, the organizers
of which intended to break the blockade that Israel has imposed on the Gaza
Strip since June 2007.
CPT reservist David Milne is among the passengers on the
Canadian boat in the flotilla, the Tahrir,
as well as Harmeet Singh Sooden, a member of the CPT delegation to Iraq kidnapped
in 2005, and Israeli journalist Amira Hass, who has had extensive contact with
CPTâ€™s Hebron team. On the U.S. ship
along with luminaries such as Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker and Holocaust
survivor Hedy Epstein, are CPT trainer and colleague, Kathy Kelly and former
CPT reservist, Robert Naiman.