31 July 2018
The Boats to Gaza are a Violation of International Law, a Cynical Provocation and Public Relations Stunt Combined with
The flotilla to Gaza, which is in direct violation of international law, is a cynical publicity stunt designed to divert
the attention from the fact that Hamas, with its brutal ruling of Gaza since 2007, invested in terror instead of the
welfare of its people. The naval blockade is legal and in accordance with international law (in contradiction to MP
Marama Davidson’s Facebook post).
By imposing the legal naval blockade, Israel is exercising its right to self-defense by aiming to prevent the illegal
smuggling of arms to Hamas, a world-recognized terror organization (including by New Zealand) that is sworn to Israel’s
destruction and had turned Gaza into a terror center.
Make no mistake, Hamas attacks Israeli civilians on a regular basis and the flotilla to Gaza will not promote peace or
assist the Palestinian people – it will only inflame the situation in the region. In fact, humanitarian aid is already
provided to Gaza through Israel in vast quantities making the boats unnecessary.
This cynical public relations stunt, endorsed by extremist groups such as Kia Ora Gaza, is first and foremost motivated
by hatred and anti-Semitism and does not contribute to the promotion of a possible constructive engagement between the