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Paris, 5 June 2018

“It is our civic duty to bring to your attention the arrival today of the Gaza solidarity boat Hurriya (Freedom in Arabic) to Brighton, until departure on 8 June,” advised Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, to Brighton and Hove Mayor Dee Simson.”

Samuels noted that “the Hurriya is one of four vessels arriving from Sweden and Norway, on their way to breach the Gaza barricade that prevents the smuggling of advanced weaponry to the Hamas terrorist movement, predominantly from Iran – irregardless of potential loss of life.”

The letter continued, “This campaign is organized by the ‘Freedom Flotilla Coalition’, associated with Turkey’s IHH – accused of ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and under investigation for links with Al Qaeda and ISIS.”

Samuels concluded, “Madam Mayor, the organizers plan to use Brighton as a platform for their hate”... “we therefore urge you to take the necessary measures to hold the vessel, investigate the passengers and ensure that the beautiful city of Brighton – where I lived as a child – is not damaged by potential mayhem.”