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TX gov urges action against Israel protestors

TX gov urges action against Israel protestors
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 8:23pm

 Texas Gov. Rick Perry is urging the U.S. attorney general to take action against Americans who take part in
a pro-Palestinian protest.

The governor wrote in a letter Wednesday that he was concerned about two U.S.-flagged ships that plan to challenge the Israeli naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

He urged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to take legal steps to stop Americans from taking part
in the attempt to reach Gaza, or to prosecute them if they do.

Perry sites U.S. federal law that prohibits U.S. citizens from taking maritime action against a friendly country.

The Texas governor is a frequent visitor to Israel and is considering a run
for president in 2012.

Last year pro-Palestinian demonstrators attempted to sail to Gaza, but were stopped by Israel Defense Forces.

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