DFAT legitimises Israeli blockade of Gaza by urging against participation in Flotilla

This just in from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade:

We refer to your email of 3 November that raises issues about Mr Michael Coleman’s presence on a vessel that is currently sailing to Gaza.

The travel advice for Israel, Gaza Strip and the West Bank strongly advises against travelling by sea to the coast of the Gaza Strip in breach of Israeli naval restrictions or participating in any attempt to break the naval blockade.

Further information is available in our travel bulletin on “Flotillas to Gaza” at the following link:

http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/TravelBulletins/Flotillas_to_Gaza

DFAT is committed to providing a high level of consular service to all
Australians in difficulty overseas, in accordance with the consular
charter. This consular support has been provided to Australians
participating in flotillas in the past, and would again be offered to Mr Coleman if necessary.

In the event he is detained by Israeli authorities, the Government of
Israel is well aware of Australia’s expectation that we would be granted early access to him to offer consular assistance.

You can contact DFAT and request they make direct representation to the Israeli authorities urging Israel

to not intervene in the peaceful Freedom Waves to Gaza flotilla. Israel has indicated it intends to stop the boats reaching Gaza.

DFAT Telephone: 1300 555 135 (select option 6)
DFAT NSW Email: dfat.nsw@dfat.gov.au

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