The following excerpts are from an Al-Jazeera TV report on the “Freedom Flotilla” before its departure toward Gaza. The report aired on May 28, 2010.
Reporter: Despite the Israeli threats and some unexpected obstacles, the arrival of the ships at the rendezvous, in preparation to set sail to Gaza, has kindled the emotions and enthusiasm of the participants.
Crowd chanting: “Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the army of Muhammad will return.”
Reporter: Through songs about the Palestinian Intifada, the participants expressed their longing to reach Gaza.
Participant 1: The brothers here are shouting and are full of enthusiasm. They are waiting to leave soon, with the ships around us in the sea. Allah willing, we will make our way to Gaza.
Participant 2: We are now waiting for one of two good things – either to achieve martyrdom, or to reach Gaza.