When the political system fails

Solidarity boat trips to Gaza have had a fairly high rate of success in the past. Now it’s time to try again:

Activists campaigning for an end to Gaza’s blockade by Israel will sail to the enclave from Cyprus in defiance of the Israeli navy, they said Thursday.

Two boats, including one carrying cement and building supplies — materials not permitted by Israel — will sail from Cyprus on June 25, the multi-national Free Gaza Movement said.

“We are taking 15 tons of cement, which is just a token of how much the Palestinians need, because the Israelis won’t allow building supplies into Gaza,” said Greta Berlin, a representative of the group.

The group started regular shuttles to Gaza from Cyprus in August 2008, but was turned back by the Israeli navy on its last journey in mid-January of this year.