Last update - 02:30 07/08/2008
Move to break siege may meet with IDF resistance
By Ofri Ilani
Like many Israelis in the summer months, Prof. Jeff Halper departed for Cyprus last week from Ben-Gurion International Airport. However, Halper, a veteran left-wing activist from Jerusalem, will not be returning by plane. This weekend, he and 40 other human rights activists will sail for the Gaza Strip, with the goal of breaking the siege Israel has imposed there.
Halper, a lecturer in anthropology and the chairman of the Israel Committee Against House Demolitions, is the only Jewish Israeli who will sail aboard the ship, Free Gaza.
After arriving in Cyprus, he met with activists from 17 countries around the world. They are now preparing for their departure at the University of Nicosia dorms. "Right now, we're holding discussions and training," Halper said on Tuesday. "We are presenting different scenarios of what might happen, and preparing ourselves for every situation. It is possible the navy will stop us and not allow us to enter. We have no idea how they'll do it, but we're organizing. If they catch us, we will resist passively."