audio by title 20081228 - sharon lock international solidarity movement in gaza

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Sharon Lock talks about her arrival in Gaza on a boat from Frankfurt, Germany with 44 activists in the first such landing through the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip in 41 years. She reports on the the massive suprise assault by the Israel Air Force which killed over 200 Palestinians and was launched at 11am local time when children we're getting out of school.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who is running for the office of prime minister in next month's Israeli national election along with Defense Minister Ehud Barack, said Israel had "no choice" but to mount the assault in response to rocket fire from Hamas into southern Israel, though no Israelis had been killed in the previous six months.

From 2000, when the first rocket was fired from Gaza, to 2008, rocket and mortar fire from Gaza have killed 20 Israelis. [Statistics from the Israel Project (TIP) website, an international non-profit organization, providing journalists and leaders accurate information about the Middle East.]