Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC), which are sailing towards Gaza to challenge the decade-long Israeli blockade, arrived in Rotterdam city on Tuesday.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, former Swedish deputy Jan Stromdahl, who is joining the flotilla on the Falestina boat, said the main goal of the flotilla is to break the siege of the Gaza Strip and create awareness on the dire situation in Gaza.
Stromdahl said he has joined as a volunteer; he is also a sailor and wants to stand in solidarity with Palestinians.
“Israel must accept it sooner or later, we will continue to pressure Israel and we will show our opinion, we need to show that we will not give up the struggle,” he said.
Karen Sanfridson, an activist aboard the ship, said it was important for her to meet Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and to show them the activities they were doing for them.
“I do not think Israel is going to let the boats approach Gaza; for me it is important and sufficient to influence the people in the countries we are crossing during the route,” she said.
As part of this year’s campaign launched by the international Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC), six boats started to sail on May 15, which also marked the 70th anniversary of the foundation of Israel — an event Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” or “Catastrophe”.
The boats are expected to arrive in the Gaza Strip by the beginning of July.