Statement of Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney on the Gaza Flotilla
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement:
"I truly sympathize with the families of those who were killed or injured on the Mavi Marmara, but the fault lies with those who incited violence, not with those who defended Israel’s borders. Israel had offered to have the flotilla land at Ashdod and have the humanitarian aid trucked to Gaza after being searched. The organizers rejected the offer. The family of Gilad Shalit asked the flotilla to carry a letter to their son who has been kept hostage in the Gaza Strip. The organizers rejected the request. The Gaza flotilla was clearly intended to generate international pressure to force Israel to relax its blockade and forego inspections of cargo destined for the Gaza Strip. But, all too often ‘humanitarian’ efforts have given cover to weapons running and terrorism.
"I do not believe the flotilla was serving the cause of peace. Rather than planning ways to embarrass Israel and provide support to a terrorist regime, I would hope peace activists would encourage all sides to come to the bargaining table to seek a lasting peace."