30 June 2009

Israel Commits Act of War on Greek Vessel

Update on the Free Gaza Boat to Gaza and a shout out to Chet over at JUSTICE blog ;-)

Israel has boarded and stopped a Greek Vessel from sailing to its intended location which was Palestine. Israel has no right to inhibit international vessels from sailing to any country of its choosing. This is an act of war.
Israeli navy commandeers Gaza aid boat

The Associated Press
Tuesday, June 30, 2009; 9:46 AM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The Israeli navy intercepted a ship carrying foreign peace activists trying to break a blockade of Gaza on Tuesday and forced it to sail to an Israeli port, the military said.

A statement said the Greek-registered freighter Arion ignored a radio message from the Israeli military saying it would not be allowed to enter Gaza waters and ordering it to turn back.

The statement said naval personnel boarded the small vessel without any shots being fired.

The 20 passengers include former U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and other activists from Britain, Ireland, Bahrain and Jamaica source