AS THE FLOTILLA NEARS GAZA’S COAST, ISRAEL THREATENS TO STOP IT BY FORCE

Israeli officials issued threats through media outlets as the ship draws in on its destination. They said they would prevent the ship from reaching the Gaza coast.
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Israel issues threats as lone flotilla ship set to land in Gaza within 24 hours

GAZA, Israeli naval forces would never allow the lone ship which managed to slip past the flotilla ban to arrive at the Gaza coast, Israeli political sources said on Monday.

Some ten of the flotilla’s ships were impounded in Greece after Israel used political pressure to prevent the flotilla from breaching its unilateral siege of the Gaza Strip and delivering much needed aid.

A French yacht carrying 17 passengers managed to evade Greece’s ban on all ships joining the flotilla and eventually ended up in Kastellorizo island on Saturday night, where the passengers were welcomed by locals.

The yacht, dubbed Dignite – Al-Karama, set sail from that island on Monday and disseminated news that it was nearing the occupied Palestinian territories and that it would land in the Gaza Strip within 24 hours.

Israeli officials issued threats through media outlets as the ship draws in on its destination. They said they would prevent the ship from reaching the Gaza coast.

On board the Dignite – Al-Karama are mostly French activists. Also among them are correspondents for a few leading news outlets, including Al-Jazeera and Israel’s Haaretz.

Organizers said the yacht was intercepted by Greek coast guards on 7 July. It evaded authorities by officially saying they were sailing to the Egyptian port city of Alexandria. But the group was in fact determined to land in Gaza, organizers have announced.

“The boat should be off the Gaza coast on Tuesday afternoon,” spokesman Maxime Guimberteau told AFP by phone from Paris on Monday.

“It is travelling slowly, mainly to conserve fuel,” he said.

“The fact that the Dignite – Al Karama is at sea is a setback for the Israeli government which by force or by pressure is trying to perpetuate an illegal and criminal blockade and to silence civil society movements around the world,” a statement issued from the boat said.

Greek authorities blocked nine of the flotilla’s ships carrying 300 activists from 22 countries from departing from its ports and going to Gaza, threatening to use force if orders made under Israeli pressure were not obeyed.

The authorities say the measure was taken for the “safety” of the ships’ passengers and also to prevent a repeat of what happened in May 2010, when Israeli commandos intercepted the original six-ship Freedom Flotilla and killed nine activists on board.

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. July 18, 2011 at 21:43

    Telling you now they better not have a Marvi Mamara incident other wise I know of a Hebrew University that is going to hear from me! I will carry signs a bull horn and make sure that every student and professor sees and hears my protest. I mean it! Tired of this crappy tiny “Jewish Only Country” controlling the discord of the United States Of America! I will stand up! Especially if they harm any of those aid protestors! Hears the thing Israel! I realize that I am a small voice in this country and in the grand scheme of things in what some have called “The Abomination Of Desolation” AKA Eretz Israel. But take it from me and my family! I am a annoying one! That once started won’t stop! You start this this time! Your gonna need more ADL members in the Mid West!

  2. Howard T. Lewis III said,

    July 18, 2011 at 22:19

    Amazing that mewling rights with the Rothschilds would turn Greece into punks with Israel. Maybe Operation Gladio was just the tip of the iceberg. Maybe the U.N. and NATO are the entities causing doubt about the ethos of Greece when Greece has only a submissive opinion and the banking side of things is simply petty bookkeeping, discounted in importance by both Greece and the central bank.

    Control of the Suez is historically #1. With the lust for oil and therefore power today’s #1. Greece has neither. The U.N. and NATO have both Their bosses are obsolete and wrong with God in their insistence that beings be sacrificed for their perpetuity. And they will not be invited for tea.

  3. July 19, 2011 at 00:38

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  4. tom schmidt said,

    July 19, 2011 at 01:28

    go to vtjp.org they were first to find out in july 2006 about the DIME bomb that was used against the Palistinians. Dense Inert Munitions Explosives are nano-technical particles of aluminum and tunsten that burn through the body. Since Depleted Uranium has its days numbered, the US with Israel are using “non” legal weapons. YouTube :the documentary that won international acclaim by Dr. Pablo Ortega from the University of Costa Rica, called”Uranio 238″ and see the effects of the DU that the US used in Kosavo,Iraq. It was tested in Sorocco, New Mexico and Damacio Lopez is key in the battle to ban this worldwide.

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