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  • Zoabi urges more flotillas following Israel-Turkey agreement

    06/26/2016 11:30:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/6/16 | Elad Benari
    MK Hanin Zoabi (Joint List), who participated in the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla which ultimately resulted in the cutting of ties between Israel and Turkey, on Sunday night said the reconciliation agreement between the two countries was a clear “admission of murder” by Israel. "Israel's agreement to transfer 21 million shekels to the Turks constitutes a clear admission of guilt. Even if Israel does not acknowledge it, it is a confession to the murder of nine people, wounding of dozens, kidnapping and piracy in international waters and false persecution,” she charged. Zoabi called for more flotillas like the Marmara one...
  • US boat in Gaza flotilla: Greek authorities stop boat (Audacity of Hope)

    07/01/2011 8:49:16 AM PDT · by mojito · 81 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/1/2011 | Staff
    Organizers of the US boat participating in the flotilla to Gaza said Friday afternoon that their boat, The Audacity of Hope, was stopped by Greek authorities 15 to 20 minutes after leaving a Greek port, while still in the country's territorial waters. Minutes earlier, organizers said that the ship's passengers were preparing to "non-violently resist any efforts to stop the boat," saying moments later that the boat "is about to set sail," followed by a message saying that the ship had departed. Through the boat's twitter feed, organizers said that a Greek Coast Guard vessel approached The Audacity of Hope...
  • ‘U.S. to Gaza’ Fundraising Arm Linked to CIA Traitor Philip Agee

    12/03/2010 7:57:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/3/10 | Richard Pollock
    The institute raising money for an attempt to run the Gaza blockade next year has strong links to a former CIA spy who outed thousands of CIA agents. Throughout this summer and fall, the anti-Israel group “U.S. to Gaza” held many fundraisers around the United States, seeking to raise as much as $370,000 to join a “peace flotilla” to run the Israeli blockade of Gaza. A Pajamas Media investigation has determined that the non-profit organization which accepts the public’s donations and will pay for all of its activities is a shadowy and virulently anti-American group innocuously called the Institute for...
  • Israeli Embassy Complains over French Funds to Flotilla NGO

    06/29/2015 12:40:19 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/6/15 | Ari Soffer
    Israel's embassy in France has formally complained to the French government, following an Arutz Sheva report which revealed Paris is funding at least one of the extremist organizations involved in coordinating the anti-Israel "Freedom Flotilla III" to Gaza. The flotilla is attempting to breach the IDF's blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory, which the 70-odd anti-Israel activists taking part claim is "illegal." In 2011, however, the UN's Palmer Report ruled that the blockade was in fact an entirely legal means for Israel to prevent weapons and rocket-making equipment from being smuggled into Gaza. Last week Arutz Sheva revealed that among the...
  • IDF intercepts Gaza bound flotilla without incident, redirects vessel towards Ashdod

    06/28/2015 7:46:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies ^ | 6/28/15 | HERB KEINON, JPOST.COM STAFF
    An IDF spokesman said Monday morning that after careful deliberation and exhaustive diplomatic efforts, Israeli security forces acted to prevent the flotilla Marianne av Göteborg from breaching the the shores of Gaza, violating Israel's naval blockade of the coastal enclave. According to the IDF, Israeli security forces boarded the vessel without incident after passengers made it clear after numerous attempts that they would not acquiesce to the Army's demands and were subsequently force to proceed towards the port of Ashdod. The vessel is currently being escorted to Ashdod Port and is expected to arrive within 12-24 hours. Participants are protesting...
  • PM: Israeli Aid to Gaza 500,000 Times More Than Flotilla Aid

    06/28/2015 6:53:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 6/28/2015, 10:32 PM | Yaakov Levi
    After MK Basal Ghattas (Joint Arab List) sent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu several letters protesting the IDF’s intention to prevent the Freedom Flotilla III, the Prime Minister is sending back letters to members of the flotilla. In his letter, Netanyahu says to flotilla members that they apparently “got lost.” “Welcome to Israel, but if it’s freedom you have in mind, maybe you meant to sail to another destination not far from here—Syria. There, the government is murdering and slaughtering its citizens daily, with the support of Iran,” the letter says. The letter lists the large amount of medical and other...
  • Israel: Flotilla Took Wrong Turn – Syria, ISIS Murdering Thousands

    06/28/2015 6:33:12 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 4 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | June 28, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — June 28, 2015 … In response to a PR stunt using a flotilla of boats to illegally enter Gaza, paid activists supporting Hamas in Gaza will be welcomed to Israel with a letter from the Prime Minister’s Office. The letter will be given to 50 people on the boats as they are legally detained in Israeli waters and escorted to Ashdod. The letter, which will be distributed with food and drinks, reads: “Welcome to Israel! Perhaps you meant to set sail for a place not far from here – Syria.” “There the...
  • Arab List Decries 'Incitement' Against MK Joining Gaza Flotilla

    06/22/2015 3:15:07 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/6/15 | Cynthia Blank
    The Joint Arab List rallied Monday around MK Basel Ghattas, who announced Sunday he would be on board the Freedom Flotilla III, which will attempt to breach the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza in the last week of June. "Israel's blockade of Gaza is a great crime, as was the war and the killing of civilians," party chairman Ayman Odeh said at the beginning of the Joint Arab List's faction meeting. "We support the participation of MK Basel Ghattas on this humanitarian flotilla, which will raise the agenda of the terrible suffering of Gazans, who live in a large prison,"...
  • Shock: Coast Guard seeing sharp uptick in Cubans fleeing workers’ paradise

    01/06/2015 9:26:44 AM PST · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 1/6/2015 | Noah Rothman
    The Coast Guard is reporting an 117 percent spike in December in the number of Cubans fleeing the island nation by boat. On Monday alone, the Coast Guard returned 121 Cubans back to the custody of authorities in Havana. They were all intercepted at sea in seven separate incidents in just the past week.
  • Shock: U.S. Coast Guard seeing sharp uptick in Cubans fleeing workers’ paradise

    01/06/2015 12:23:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/06/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Despite its status among progressives as a veritable model for health care reformers and proponents of egalitarianism, the joint announcement by President Barack Obama and Cuban dictator Raul Castro of the normalization of bilateral relations has resulted in a sharp uptick in the number of Cubans desperately fleeing the island in makeshift dinghies. Who could have possibly seen this coming?The Coast Guard is reporting an 117 percent spike in December in the number of Cubans fleeing the island nation by boat. On Monday alone, the Coast Guard returned 121 Cubans back to the custody of authorities in Havana. They...
  • Turkish activists prepare new Gaza flotilla to challenge Israeli blockade

    08/11/2014 10:28:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 08/11/2014
    A Turkish NGO said it would send ships to the Gaza Strip to provide emergency aid to Palestinians trapped in a month-long offensive by Israel. The decision comes four years after Israeli commandos stormed a Gaza-bound ship, killing 10. The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) announced in an emailed statement that members of a "coalition" of activists from a dozen countries had met in Istanbul at the weekend and committed themselves to launching an aid flotilla "in the shadow of the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza," Reuters reported. "The Freedom Flotilla Coalition affirmed that, as most governments are complicit, the responsibility...
  • Turkish ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to Gaza: Ball-Bearings, Cement Mixers

    07/31/2014 6:29:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 7/31/2014, 11:44 AM | Ari Soffer
    Customs officials at southern Israel’s Ashdod port discovered hundreds of ball-bearings and cement mixers in a Turkish shipment of “humanitarian aid” to Gaza on Wednesday, raising fears the cargo could have been used by Hamas to support its ongoing war against Israel, according to Channel Two. While both items have civilian uses, both have played a central role building Hamas’s rocket arsenal and its vast network of “terror tunnels” into Israel. Terrorists in Gaza regularly use ball-bearings to maximize the lethality of locally-made, short-range Qassam rockets. Unlike other, more powerful long-range rockets and military-grade mortar shells smuggled into Gaza from...
  • Obama and Kerry Pressure Israel to Leave Hamas Alone

    07/28/2014 7:15:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 28, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Obama and Kerry Pressure Israel to Leave Hamas AlonePosted By Joseph Klein On July 28, 2014 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 12 Comments President Obama is seeking to pressure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into agreeing to an immediate unconditional ceasefire. In a phone call on Sunday, Obama reportedly told the Israeli prime minister that such a ceasefire was “a strategic imperative.” Obama specifically referred to the ceasefire proposed by Secretary of State John Kerry, which Israel’s security cabinet rejected unanimously last Friday.Israel has been willing to observe several humanitarian pauses, primarily on a unilateral basis. Hamas went along...
  • Report: Turkey Considered Naval Invasion of Israeli Waters

    05/07/2014 2:44:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 5/7/2014, 11:36 AM | Ege Berk Korkut
    A Turkish newspaper has released details of a high-level meeting of the country’s military leaders, in which the Turkish government had considered sending warships into Israel as a military escort for the Mavi Marmara flotilla—and the possibility of triggering a war with the Jewish state as a result. On May 31 2010, nine Turkish Islamists were killed on the flotilla after violently attacking IDF soldiers, during an attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade on the terrorist group Hamas-enclave Gaza. The incident worsened a growing diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Israel, who had once been close allies. …
  • John Kerry Reportedly Had a Breakfast Meeting With Father of Gaza Flotilla ‘Martyr’ Last Week —

    05/20/2013 7:24:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/20/13 | Sharona Schwartz
    Last week, TheBlaze reported that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan invited the father of one of the radical Islamist activists killed on the 2010 Gaza flotilla to join the official entourage on his visit to the U.S. last week. And while sources familiar with lat weekÂ’s visit told TheBlaze that the father did not enter the White House or meet President Obama to deliver a personal letter about his son, according to the Turkish foreign ministerÂ’s Twitter account Secretary of State John Kerry did meet with the father and even posed for a photo with him. The Turkish news...
  • Netanyahu apologizes to Turkey over 2010 Gaza flotilla

    03/22/2013 11:07:17 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 34 replies
    Jersualem Post ^ | March 22nd 2013 | Herb Keinon
    In a dramatic development that occurred just as US President Barack Obama was leaving the country, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan for the first time since the Israeli prime minister took power in 2009. Netanyahu voiced regret for the loss of life in the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, apologizing for any mistakes that led to the death of nine Turkish activists. Breaking a three-year deadlock, the two agreed to normalize relations. "Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed an apology to the Turkish people for any error that may have led to the loss of life, and agreed to...
  • Attorney General Against Disqualifying Zoabi

    12/18/2012 3:55:37 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/12/12 | Elad Benari
    Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein submitted on Monday a legal opinion to the Central Elections Committee, in which he stated that he believes that the request to disqualify Arab MK Hanin Zoabi from running in the next election should be rejected. While Weinstein said on the one hand that there is "an accumlation of substantial and disturbing evidence which borders on forbidden behavior" regarding Zoabi, he nevertheless stated that the requests to disqualify her "do not indicate a sufficiently critical mass of evidence in the case of Zoabi." Therefore, he said, MK Zoabi should not be disqualified from running for the...
  • IDF: No Humanitarian Aid Equipment found on 'Estelle'

    10/20/2012 2:07:02 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/10/12
    According to the IDF, the claim that the Gaza-bound "Estelle" was carrying humanitarian aid is unwarranted as an examination of the ship did not uncover any equipment that can be used as humanitarian aid...
  • (Islamic-Nazi alliance) Gaza flotilla sponsor publishes tweet blaming Jews for Holocaust

    10/04/2012 9:24:45 PM PDT · by Milagros · 18 replies
    NationalPost ^ | Oct 4, 2012 | T. hopper
    Gaza flotilla sponsor publishes tweet blaming Jews for Holocaust Tristin Hopper | Oct 4, 2012 2:35 AM ET | Last Updated: Oct 4, 2012 4:38 PM ET More from Tristin Hopper | @TristinHopper The Free Gaza Movement, a U.S.-based activist group known for provisioning ships to run the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza, was hit with charges of anti-Semitism on Wednesday after posting a tweet claiming that Jews were responsible for the Holocaust. “Zionists operated the concentration camps and helped murder millions of innocent Jews,” read a tweet posted Sunday to @freegazaorg, the official Twitter feed of the group, which includes...
  • Remembering the 'Jihad Flotilla'

    05/29/2012 4:31:12 PM PDT · by Milagros · 5 replies
    May 30, 2010: Jihad "Flotilla" As Israel put a blockade on Islamic Hamas' controlled Gaza to stop attacks and flow of arms (after years of being hit with rockets & other terror attacks from that government directed at Israeli civilians, schools), the Islamic anti-Israel, anti-Jewish Jihadism machine added a new tool to its toolbox, a new phony face, posing as "humanitarians" and as "peace activists" as if they come to "help" the "poor" Arab Palestinians. [The terror militant Hamas group was elected by most Palestinian Arabs in Gaza]. [In April 2011: Red Cross declared: 'No humanitarian crisis in Gaza.'*] The...
  • Horrible… Obama Tells AIPAC He Supported Israel After Gaza Flotilla Interception …(Not True)

    03/04/2012 9:48:50 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/4/12 | Jim Hoft
    This was the winning photo of the year in Turkey in 2010 – a battered and bloody Israeli soldier aboard the Mavi Marmara. Nine people were killed onboard the Gaza-bound Turkish ship after IDF troops who raided it encountered violent resistance by “peace activists” armed with an assortment of weapons. The “peace activists” threw stun grenades and beat the Israeli soldiers with pipes and chains. In August 2011 the Obama Administration warned Israel to apologize to Turkey over its bloody interception of a Gaza aid flotilla in 2010, or risk strained ties with Washington. There were also reports that Barack...
  • Anti-Israel Group 'Invades' Boston Israel Consulate

    11/05/2011 1:52:37 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/11/11 | David Lev
    Dozens of anti-Israel activists attempted to barge into the Israeli consulate in Boston over the weekend in protest over Israel's seizure of the Canadian-Irish flotilla ships that attempted to sail to Gaza. Bearing PA flags, the activists attempted to storm the building but were turned back. They swore to return, shouting slogans about how the “apartheid regime in Israel must fall.” The activists were “spillovers” from the Occupy Boston protests, one of many being held in the U.S. demanding social justice. At least three people have been arrested on drug charges in the protests over the past several days, and...
  • Breaking: Turkish flotilla heading for Gaza?

    11/02/2011 9:38:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 11/2/11 | Carl in Jerusalem
    A report I've just received on Twitter claims that there's another Turkish flotilla headed for Gaza (Hat Tip: Earl Peacock via Twitter). Flotilla heading for Gaza today consists of Irish boat MV Saoirse and Canadian vessel 'Tahrir'. 15 people on Irish boat, 12 on Canadian The source of that tweet is Mary Fitzgerald, a foreign correspondent for the Irish Times, who says that this has all been confirmed to her by the organizers.
  • Report Upholds Gaza Blockade, Faults Raid

    09/01/2011 11:51:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/9/11 | Gavriel Queenan
    An advanced copy of the UN Palmer Report - to be released Friday - concludes Israel's naval blockade of Gaza is legal and appropriate, but insists the tactics employed when IDF naval commandoes boarded the infamous Mavi Marmara flagship were "excessive and unreasonable." The 105-page report, obtained by the New York Times, was completed months ago, but its publication was delayed several times as Turkey and Israel sought to mend relations and avoid making the report public. Reactions from both governments contained in the report objected to its conclusions. “Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups...
  • "We Muslims can mass-murder each other - But don't dare defend yourself by eliminating some of us!"

    08/26/2011 12:56:03 PM PDT · by Milagros · 12 replies
    Where's the so-called "angry Arab street?"When will the hypocritic Arab-Muslim world start giving a 'dime' about its own people. Arab-Muslim on Arab-Muslim crimes against humanity - routine. The "moderate" voice of Islamic-Arabs: "We can kill each other by the thousands!"(Syria, Hamah massacre - 1982, Daraa, Jisr al-Shughour and Hama massacres, mass torture of kids - 2011), Black September [Jordanians vs "Palestinians"] 1970 , Iraqis vs Iraqis since 2003, "Palestinians" VS each other (Hamas/Fatah 2007), "Palestinians" & Hezbollah using civilians (routine), Libyans (2011 massacres), Bahrainians [Shiite Apartheid VS Sunni], Algerians (100,000 dead in the 1970s') Yemen (2011), Tunisia (2011), Egypt (2011),...
  • Meet the Legal Wonks Who Brought Down the Flotilla

    08/23/2011 6:31:20 AM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 16 replies
    Commentary Magizine ^ | 8/22/07 | Alana Goodman
    At a radical left-wing coffee shop in Washington, D.C. last month, Code Pink founder and “Freedom Flotilla II” passenger Medea Benjamin​ woefully recounted the moment she realized her boat, the Audacity of Hope, wouldn’t be legally permitted to leave a port in Greece to sail to Gaza. “There was something called a ‘complaint’ that was put against our boat,” Benjamin explained to a crowd of anti-Israel activists stuffed into the back room of the restaurant.
  • Obama to Israel: Apologize to Turkey, or else

    08/17/2011 7:13:25 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 68 replies
    Israel Today ^ | August 17, 2011 | Ryan Jones
    Israel's largest daily newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, reported on Wednesday that the Obama Administration is threatening Israel to either apologize to Turkey over its bloody interception of a Gaza aid flotilla last year, or risk strained ties with Washington. Israeli diplomats in Washington told the newspaper that they had received a communique from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisting that the rift between Israel and Turkey was harming American interests in the region, such as affecting regime change in neighboring Syria. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan demands that Israel publicly apologize for intercepting a May 2010 "humanitarian aid" flotilla...
  • Minister: Turkey's Demand for Apology – Chutzpah

    08/08/2011 2:40:02 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/8/11 | Gil Ronen
    Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said Monday that Turkey's demand for an Israeli apology for deaths aboard the Gaza flotilla last year constitutes "chutzpah." Speaking on Voice of Israel government-run radio, Yaalon noted that the flotilla – which pitted armed thugs against IDF soldiers, while posing as a humanitarian mission – was a provocation, and that Ankara bears some of the responsibility for this. Turkey wants to "stand Israel in the corner" and raise its own prestige in the eyes of the Arabs, Hizbullah and Hamas at Israel's expense, he added. "The Turkish policy will not change if we apologize,"...
  • Barak Caves, Says Israel Should Apologize to Turkey

    07/30/2011 11:12:52 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/7/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday said Israel was "willing to consider apologizing" for problems that occurred during last year's raid of the Turkish flotilla ship the Mavi Marmara in which nine Turks were killed when they tried to lynch IDF commandos. Speaking to reporters in Washington following a meeting with his US counterpart Leon Panetta, Barak said he would prefer to "come to an understanding" with Turkey rather than wait for the publication of a UN report on the incident, which he deemed "problematic for Israel." "Defense Ministry and IDF legal advisers recommend that we come to an understanding...
  • What do ‘Flotilla Folk’ do?

    07/27/2011 5:18:24 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/25/2011 | ROZ ROTHSTEIN AND ROBERTA SEID
    Who are these people whose hatred of Israel makes them blind to reality? When news emerged that “Freedom Flotilla 2” was tied up in Greece for weeks and unable to carry out its plan to breach Israel’s blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza, a song from Camelot came to mind. Queen Guinevere asks, “What do the simple folk do... when they are blue?” and King Arthur tries to explain. You have to ask the same question about the Flotilla Folk. Who are they, what do they do and why do they do it? Almost 1,500 of them from around the world planned...
  • Barak vs. Lieberman on Concession to Turkey

    07/22/2011 2:59:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/7/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    While the government has thus far refused to apologize to Turkey over a clash aboard a Gaza-bound boat in 2010, senior cabinet ministers are divided on the matter. Foremost among them are Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defense Minister Ehud Barak; the former staunchly opposes an apology, while the latter supports it. “This is not a legal matter, but rather a political issue, and is not a question of defending IDF soldiers but of neglecting them, of irresponsibility on the diplomatic level,” Lieberman said Thursday. “If there is an apology, that means admitting defeat on the battlefield and the political...
  • Israel Conducts ‘Fly-Out’ for Flotilla Activists

    07/20/2011 10:55:36 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/7/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Israel has turned the tables on flotilla activists and is conducting a “fly-out” deportation of activists who tried to sail to Gaza Wednesday, less than two weeks after a “fly-in” by activists succeeded in little more than gaining a blub in the media. One of the pro-Hamas supporters who was on the “fly-in” will participated in the “fly-out” Wednesday after the Interior Ministry completes deportation procedures. The 15 foreigners aboard the French "Dignity” boat were stopped en route to Gaza by Navy commandos, who overtook the boat without opposition and brought the crew and passengers to the port of Ashdod....
  • Israeli navy seizes Gaza-bound yacht

    07/19/2011 8:11:24 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/19/11 | Ori Lewis
    (Reuters) - The Israeli navy Tuesday seized a French yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists heading for the blockaded Gaza Strip and forced it to go to Israel's Ashdod port, a military spokeswoman said. "I can confirm that the yacht has been boarded and that everything went smoothly, there were no casualties," the spokeswoman said after marines boarded the "Dignite-Al-Karama" yacht in the eastern Mediterranean. Chief military spokesman Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai said the passengers were transferred from the yacht to one of the warships sent to intercept it and were en route to Ashdod. The 17-passenger yacht had declared an Egyptian port...
  • Navy Guides to Ashdod Gaza-Bound Ship that ‘Tricked’ Greece

    07/19/2011 4:40:24 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/7/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Navy has peacefully ended the latest attempt of flotilla activists to reach Gaza and has boarded the "Dignity" ship to guide it to Ashdod after it tricked Greece. Video Naval officers notified the ship in English and French that "it is on a route leading to an area under a maritime security blockade off the coast of Gaza, and reminded them any supplies they may have on-board may be transferred, legally, through the existing land crossings and the Ashdod Port." The Navy vessels had placed themselves on both sides of the “Dignity” boat, and activists on board reported that...
  • Israel PM Netanyahu, President Peres Meet, Thank Greece President Karolos Papoulias

    07/12/2011 10:20:37 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 7 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | July 12, 2011 | Joel Leyden
    Israel PM Netanyahu, President Peres Meet, Thank Greek President Karolos Papoulias By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem, Israel --- July 12, 2011 .... Part of the below was communicated by the Israel Prime Minister's Media Adviser to the Israel News Agency. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today met with Greek President Karolos Papoulias and thanked him for Greece's assistance during the Carmel forest fire and in stopping the Islamic flotilla PR stunt. Netanyahu noted the deep friendship between Greece and Israel and added that bilateral economic and tourism cooperation will be strengthened and enhanced. With regards to the so-called...
  • Flotillas and boycotts, divestment and sanctions failures: RIP

    07/10/2011 7:53:32 PM PDT · by forty_years · 5 replies ^ | 7/10/2011 | Gary Gerofsky
    I cannot hide the fact that I am pleased with the failures of the flotillas and the BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel) movement in general. These are movements that were borne out of ignorance, propaganda, lies and hate and, more significantly, the people involved want to do harm to others -- physically, economically and emotionally. As protest organizers disguise their objectives as legitimate protests against Israel, they come to the aid of terrorists who have slit the throats of their own people just as Hamas did to their brothers in Fatah. Imagine a young man going off on...
  • 124 Refused Entrance to Israel, Jailed

    07/09/2011 10:04:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/7/11 | Maayana Miskin
    Hundreds of anti-Israel activists arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport on Friday as part of a “fly in flotilla.” Border officials refused to grant 124 of them entrance, and they were brought to Givon and Ela prisons to await deportation. Those refused entrance – citizens of Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Holland, and the United States – were on a list sent out to airports in advance of the planned fly-in. Another 200 of those whose names were on the list were prevented from boarding planes to Israel. Many others successfully entered Israel. From there, some continued to a Palestinian Authority-controlled...
  • 'Air Flotilla' lands, 69 activists barred entry

    07/08/2011 12:14:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies ^ | 7/8/11 | YAAKOV LAPPIN AND JPOST.COM
    Dozens of pro-Palestinian activists taken from EasyJet, Alitalia flights for police interrogation; activists arrive on five different planes; Danino says police have met gov't goals at Ben-Gurion Airport. Police diverted two passenger aircraft that landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Friday, detaining at least 60 suspected pro-Palestinian activists for questioning. Participants in the "Air Flotilla" arrived on three other flights as well. Police said that some 69 activists have been denied entry. The flights, one EasyJet from Geneva and one Alitalia, were diverted to Terminal 1, where police combed passengers for pro-Palestinian activists expected to attempt entry into the country...
  • TRR: Peaceniks Discover Big Boy Rules

    07/08/2011 11:26:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Robbins Report (The Washington Times) ^ | July 7, 2011 | James S. Robbins
    Give the good ship Juliano some props -- literally. The Swedish-flagged craft was in the Greek port of Piraeus as part of a flotilla seeking to challenge Israel’s naval security cordon around Gaza when, according to flotilla organizers, “hostile divers destroyed the [ship’s] propeller house and cut the propeller shaft.” It seems that someone one-upped the peaceniks’ attempt to create an international incident. They should count themselves lucky no-one was hurt. Last year nine demonstrators were killed when they attacked Israeli naval commandos boarding the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara. And there are more direct responses in more serious cases. In...
  • Deadly Anarchy on the "Freedom Flotilla" (TOTAL INSANITY AT SEA)

    07/07/2011 4:34:47 AM PDT · by golux · 38 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | July 7 2010 | Franklin Raff
    ...When overtaken it was found to be at full throttle and on autopilot with no one in the wheelhouse (...) When questioned, passengers and crew affirmed alternately "we are all captains" and identified the captain as "Mr. Northstar," in reference to the Northstar autopilot unit. The captain has not yet identified him or herself (...) This single (to my knowledge unprecedented) set of deadly chicaneries, ending with the "secret captain" ruse, comprise – where to start? – a blanket violation of every written and unwritten Law of the Sea (...) Sadly, there's more... The Tahrir is towed back to port....
  • Pro-Palestinian, French Flotilla Activists Escape Greek Waters, Head to Gaza Strip (Sink em' Danno)

    07/05/2011 8:48:13 AM PDT · by Signalman · 2 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/5/2011 | Billy Hallowell
    Last week, we reported on Greece’s determination not to allow activists to sail to the Gaza Strip from national waters, the arrest of one ship (The Audacity of Hope’s) captain and activists’ ongoing determination to set sail regardless of the restrictions placed upon them. Now, new flotilla drama has unfolded. To begin, French pro-Palestinian activists say a pleasure craft linked to a flotilla banned from sailing from Greek ports to the Gaza Strip has left Greek waters and is on its way. Jean-Claude Lefort, a spokesman for the group, told The Associated Press Tuesday that the “Dignite-Al Karama” left port...
  • An Open Letter to Alice Walker

    07/03/2011 10:47:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/11 | Dr. Richard L. Cravatts
    You are best known for your works of fiction and evidently have failed to come to grips with the facts of the Israeli/Arab conflict. You have no concern at all for the Israeli children of Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashod, and other southern Israeli towns. You recently wrote an essay, “Why I’m Sailing to Gaza,” in which you tried to defend the indefensible; namely, your intention to violate international law by attempting to penetrate Israel’s legal blockade of Gaza, purportedly for the purpose of delivering aid to the suffering Gazans—although in this case the aid was only a cache of letters of...
  • CBS Paints Anti-Israel Flotilla Activists As Nonviolent, Fails to Note Violent Coup By Hamas

    07/03/2011 12:49:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/3/11 | Brad Wilmouth |
    After showing an image of the sign "To Gaza with Love" from one of the boats of a flotilla planning to challenge the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, Saturday’s CBS Evening News showed a report highlighting the allegedly nonviolent intentions of American activists on board one of the ships - named "The Audacity of Hope" - without noting that, during last year’s anti-Israel flotilla trip, some activists attacked Israeli troops as they attempted to board. CBS correspondent Barry Peterson merely recounted that Israeli troops killed some of the activists without explaining why: Last year, boats ran the blockade. Israeli...
  • Greeks arrest captain of flotilla ship

    07/03/2011 9:11:07 AM PDT · by a_note · 9 replies
    gazaflotilla 101 ^ | July 3, 2011 | gazaflotilla101
    Greeks arrest captain of flotilla ship July 3, 2011 by gazaflotilla101 Greek police have arrested the captain of a U.S. ship whose passengers and crew had hoped to help lead a Gaza-bound flotilla aimed at challenging Israel's maritime blockade of the Palestinian territory. John Klusmire, an American citizen and captain of The Audacity of Hope, was asked to report to a police station Saturday morning, said Jane Hirschmann, an American who is one of the flotilla organizers.
  • IDF: Flotilla, Hamas Have Similar Funding

    07/02/2011 8:34:11 PM PDT · by Clive · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2011-07-03 | David Lev
    While organizers of the Gaza flotilla have claimed that they have no connection to terror and that their only objective in sponsoring the flotilla is to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza, IDF military intelligence has uncovered evidence that shows that flotilla organizers have received significant amounts of funding from a groups that support Hamas and other terrorist groups. The flotilla is being funded in large part by three Islamic charity funds from the Hamas-affiliated Charity Coalition, which directly fund Hamas and other terror groups. Among the funds is the European Campaign to End the Siege (ECESG), a UK-based umbrella...
  • Greece Jails U.S. Captain in Gaza Flotilla (Go Greece!)

    07/02/2011 7:23:10 PM PDT · by Signalman · 21 replies ^ | 7/2/2011 | Scott Sayare
    <p>ATHENS — The American captain of a United States-flagged boat in the planned flotilla to Gaza was jailed Saturday, a day after trying to sail out of port, flotilla organizers said.</p> <p>The flotilla was organized to challenge the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.</p>
  • (Israeli) Foreign Ministry denies Irish claim of flotilla sabotage

    07/02/2011 5:06:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Irish activists say Israel sabotaged their ship; gov't in Athens prohibits ships with Greek, foreign flags from departing from Greece to Gaza; US ship 'Audacity of Hope' turned back shortly after embarking. Israel was not behind the engine damage caused to an Irish ship participating in the Gaza-bound flotilla, Foreign Ministry officials said on Saturday. The foreign ministry added that activists must feel they are in a "James Bond film." Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday that the damage caused to the Irish ship might not be a result of sabotage at all. According to the report, investigations have...
  • Captain of "Audacity of Hope" Under Arrest in Greece

    07/02/2011 2:03:37 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/7/11 | INN Staff
    Greek authorities on Saturday arrested the captain of the U.S. ship the "Audacity of Hope" that intended to take part in the Gaza Flotilla aimed at breaking Israel's legal blockade of Gaza, repors CNN. The ship was prevented from sailing on Friday. The captain is being held by the police and will be brought before a judge on Tuesday. The Greek Coast Guard claims he will be accused of attempting to leave the port without proper permits and endangering the lives of the boat's passengers. The Turkish daily "Hurryat" reported that inspection of the technical problem on the Irish boat...
  • Did Netanyahu's office distribute a fake video against Gaza flotilla?

    07/01/2011 6:41:05 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 4 replies
    Ha-Aretz ^ | 28 June 2011 | By Barak Ravid
    Did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office distribute a fake anti-flotilla video? This is exactly what some American bloggers have been claiming, after probing a video that was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday. The video, nearly three minutes long, featured a young man who called himself Marc and claimed to be a gay and human rights activist. The man recounted a story in which he asked the organizers of the upcoming Gaza flotilla to join their mission, and claimed that his request was allegedly denied on the grounds that participation of the gay and lesbian group with which he was affiliated...
  • Last whimper from the Gaza flotilla?

    07/01/2011 12:03:29 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 1, 2011 | J.E. Dyer
    The US and Canadian Boats to Gaza tried to make an unauthorized departure from the Greek port they have been detained in. The Greek coast guard promptly intercepted them. The ships can be held there for as long as the Greeks see fit, and their crews might well be charged in court. Positive as this outcome would be, it falls short of the leadership by which the Western nations should have shut down the flotilla in the first place. Merely warning our citizens that this is a bad idea is insufficient; out governments should be denying them the ships. We...