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  • Tasers to the face: How the Israeli Navy seized latest Gaza flotilla

    Activists describe violence and threats by Israeli naval commandos in international waters. Right-wing organization attempts to take ownership of the boat. The Israeli Navy seized a fishing boat attempting to break the siege on Gaza Sunday. According to activists on board, naval commandos tasered the boat’s first officer in his face, punched another crew member in the face, and threatened the life of the captain. There were 22 participants and crew members aboard “Al Awda,” “The Return” in Arabic. The Norwegian boat was one of several ships this summer attempting to break the siege and bring aid to Gaza, an…

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  • IDF intercepts Gaza boat trying to escape the blockade

    Carrying 17 people, including university students, cancer patients, and protesters wounded by Israeli forces during the Great Return March, the Gaza boat was headed towards Cyprus before IDF gunboats intercepted it. By Meron Rapoport, Mohammed Zaanoun, and +972 Magazine Staff Israeli gunships intercepted a Palestinian boat attempting to break Israel’s naval siege of the Gaza Strip Tuesday afternoon. The attempt to break the blockade comes two weeks after Israeli soldiers killed at least 60 Palestinian protesters and wounded thousands of others at the Gaza-Israel separation barrier on Gaza’s eastern boundary. [tmwinpost] The boat was headed to Limassol, Cyprus, and was…

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  • Activists set to launch new flotilla to break blockade of Gaza Strip

    European activists are organizing a new flotilla in solidarity with residents of Gaza. Their boat is expected to leave the Baltic Sea in the coming weeks and pass through several harbors in the Mediterranean for events aimed at raising awareness, before reaching the sealed off Strip. Previous flotillas were intercepted by the Israeli Navy, which is expected to stop this trip too. Activists posted a clip on YouTube on Wednesday showing the Estelle, a ship they recently bought for the journey to the blockaded Gaza Strip. The ship is currently on its way to Oslo after going through maintenance work…

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  • Flotilla organizers: "We are ready to sail"

    This post has been UPDATED (see bottom) ATHENS - According to recent tweets from the US boat "The Audacity of Hope," which is part of the flotilla waiting to depart from Greece towards Gaza any day now, "the boat successfully completed its sea trials - there is no reason for any further delays on this matter, we are ready to sail." Speaking to a packed room of over 70 international journalists in a sweltering Athens conference room, organizers of Freedom Flotilla II said that the flotilla will set sail from various Mediterranean ports in the "coming days." Organizers informed the…

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  • Letter from Athens: A city in chaos

    ATHENS - There is a strange tension on the streets of Athens and it has nothing to do with the preparation of the Gaza aid flotilla happening in the city's Mediterranean ports. Every second corner on the grungy Athenian streets are plastered with “anti-facist' posters. Riot police patrol on motorcycles as immigrants waiting for asylum gloomily look on. As I rode past the parliament this morning on my way from the airport, I could see what looked like a tent city brimming with protesters, readying themselves for the evenings now routine clashes with the police. Upon arrival at my hotel,…

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