June 27, 2011 – Segment 4

Israel has enforced a naval, aerial and land blockade of the Gaza Strip since June 2007, cutting off the delivery of foreign goods to the area. Multiple attempts have been made by international organizations to bypass Israeli enforcement through the use of independent flotillas, but these attempts have been mostly unsuccessful. Another flotilla organized by humanitarian activists has set sail this week, prompting a swirl of controversy in the international community. Israel is threatening to stop the fleet by any means necessary, but activists are still set on trying to break the blockade.

Joining us to discuss this issue are:

Medea Benjamin – activist and founder of Code Pink, will be travelling on the flotilla this week

Melissa Lane – activist from Washington, D.C. who will be travelling on the flotilla this week

Alan Elsner – Senior Director, Communications and Research for The Israel Project