JUSTICE: The Jerusalem District Court issued a temporary confiscation order allowing Israel to impound 2 Norwegian ships planning to sail to Gaza, “for assisting a terror organization and for systematic violations of international law” and their proceeds will be paid as compensation to families that fell victim to Palestinian terror.
By Yael Friedson
The Jerusalem District Court issued a temporary confiscation order Wednesday for two Norwegian ships set to partake in a solidarity flotilla to Gaza in the coming weeks.
The Kårstein (top) and the Hurriyah (Freedom), will try to reach Gaza. – Facebook
The court order allows for the Karstein and Freedom, worth approximately 75,000 euros, to be used for monetary compensation for victims of Hamas terrorism the moment they enter Israeli waters. Continue Reading »
Israel announced 150 Palestinian investors, mostly from Jerusalem, would be permitted to enter Gaza “to improve and strengthen the economy, infrastructure and humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip.”
By i24NEWS – AFP
Israel will allow Palestinian business executives from Jerusalem to visit the Gaza Strip for the first time in years, a defense ministry body said Tuesday.
COGAT, the Israeli agency that oversees civilian affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories, said it would allow in small numbers of businesspeople from annexed east Jerusalem looking to invest in the coastal territory.
Thousands of Gazans in Jabalya marched toward the Hamas-owned electricity company in protest of repeated power outages. Continue Reading »
The Gaza Strip has been under both Israeli and Egyptian blockade for more than a decade from importing weapons or materials used to make them by the Hamas gov’t & Palestinian militants in Gaza, having fought three wars since 2008.
By i24NEWS – AFP
A Gazan fisherman shot by Israeli naval forces on Monday after allegedly breaching the naval blockade off the Palestinian enclave has died from his wounds, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.
The fisherman’s family identified him as 25-year-old Mohammed Majed Bakr.
Israeli Navy זרוע הים patrolling the coast – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/Facebook
He was seriously injured and was evacuated to an Israeli hospital for medical treatment, an Israeli military spokeswoman said, where he later succumbed to his wounds. Continue Reading »
The Haifa naval court ruled that in accordance with the British Naval Prize Act of 1864, which applies in Israeli law, the state may confiscate the Swedish-registered Marianne, a ship which blatantly broke the law when it attempted to breach the internationally recognized blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza.
Arutz Sheva Staff
Haifa Naval Court judge Ron Sokol approved Sunday the state’s request to confiscate the ship “Marianne,” which was stopped by the Israeli navy in June 2015 when it attempted to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The fishing trawler, Marianne of Gothenburg – Google photos
The state filed the request to order the confiscation of the ship in accordance with the British Naval Prize Act of 1864, which applies in Israeli law. Continue Reading »
Gazan ignore warnings & enters the sea on the Sinai-Gaza border, then is hit by rifle fire after entering a few meters into Egyptian territory.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were enraged on Saturday after Al Jazeera television aired footage of Egyptian soldiers shooting and killing a Palestinian man who had wandered into the Egypt side of the Rafah crossing through the beach.
In the clip, the man is seen entering the water along the Sinai-Gaza divide. After he steps a few meters into the Egyptian side, he is hit by live fire.
The victim has been identified as Ishak Khalil Hassan, 28, from the Gaza City neighborhood of Zeitoun. Continue Reading »
It’s over. The so-called Freedom Flotilla III flopped. The Swedish Marianne of Gothenburg, attempting to reach Gaza, has been seized & was escorted by Navy vessels to Israel’s southern port of Ashdod.
Israeli Navy fighters have taken over the Swedish Marianne of Gothenburg, which was on an aid mission to reach Gaza shores and escorted the vessel to Israel’s southern port of Ashdod, iDF spokesperson said early Monday morning. There were no injuries reported.
The fishing trawler, Marianne of Gothenburg – Google photos
“IDF says has intercepted and captured Marianne,” the organizers tweeted.
Earlier the organizers of the aid flotilla said that tree of the four vessels headed back to their ports of origin. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Navy ready to redirect the pro-Palestinian activists in their 4 boats meant to challenge internationally recognized security blockade of Gaza.
By Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy & Itamar Eichner
The Navy has been preparing to meet on Monday a flotilla carrying 47 pro-Palestinian activists to the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade.
The flotilla on its way to Gaza.
The Navy commandos are expected to meet the four boats at an undetermined time – sometimes between the early morning hours and evening time, some dozens of kilometers from the coasts of Israel.
There are 18 passengers aboard the main boat, Swedish vessel “Marianne av Göteborg,” including Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas, former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki and activist Dror Feiler. Continue Reading »
Israel’s PM Netanyahu responded to protest letter from Arab MK with letters to Gaza flotilla activists, telling them the real story about who is supporting Hamas & ‘helping’ Gaza.
By 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.”
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Freedom Flotilla boat, 2011 – Reuters
“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.
Although organizers remain mum on details, the pro-Palestinian’s 3rd mission for a confrontational “lifting of Gaza blockade” is expected this summer.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Three ships are expected to set sail for Gaza this summer as part of a humanitarian mission to Gaza, Ma’an News Agency reported Friday.
Activists aboard a flotilla to Gaza [file]. – Photo: REUTERS
Details of the mission, coined “Freedom Flotilla III,” remain under the radar.
Berawi Zaher, coordinator of the international mission, told Ma’an that its details, including the ships’ departure time and fleet location, will not be released in an effort to hamper Israeli authorities from intervening and exerting international pressure to halt the execution of the mission. Continue Reading »
4 Palestinian ‘fishermen’ are missing with a ship destroyed, in latest example of Hamas’s ‘marine intifada’ as IDF continues its blockade on weapons smuggling.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Gaza’s “marine intifada” has escalated further, AFP reports Monday, after the Israeli navy apprehended six fishermen who were smuggling weapons into Gaza from Egypt.
The Israeli navy fired on two boats off the coast, officials from the Hamas run security services told the news agency, leaving two fishermen wounded and four missing. It was not immediately clear whether the four had been arrested, the officials added.
The Israeli military confirmed that naval fire had destroyed one boat it said had been involved in smuggling, but had no information about the four fishermen reported missing. Continue Reading »
Chutzpah? UN Palestinian body makes largest single plea in UNRWA’s 64-year history asking $1.6 billion to rebuild Hamas’ institutions & constituency.
The UN’s Palestinian refugee agency is to make its largest ever financial plea to donors, it said on Thursday, asking for $1.6 billion (1.26 billion euros) to rehabilitate war-battered Gaza.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas-led Gaza militants, which ended on August 26, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers.
“This is the largest single ask in UNRWA’s 64-year history,” spokesman Christopher Gunness told AFP ahead of an October 12 donors’ conference in Cairo. Continue Reading »
Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades spokesman warns that Hamas will resume its rocket-fire when the 72-hr truce ends, if sea blockade isn’t lifted.
A spokesman for Hamas’s “military wing”, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, warned Thursday of renewed fighting with Israel if talks in Cairo to extend a 72-truce in Gaza collapsed.
“We appeal to the Palestinian delegation to not accept a ceasefire, unless it satisfies the demands of our people,” a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address, adding that Hamas fighters were “ready to return to battle.”
The three-day truce ending four weeks of bloodshed between Israel and Hamas is due to end at 0500 GMT Friday. Continue Reading »
Israel accused of ‘sabotage ‘by Pro-Hamas organizers of ‘Protest’ boat meant to breach Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
Gaza’s Ark, a “protest” boat that was preparing to breach Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, which is ruled by the terrorist organization Hamas, was sunk in a mysterious explosion on Tuesday.
The blast occurred in Gaza City’s port, and was preceded by an anonymous telephone call warning the guard of the ship that it was about to be blown up, organizers of the “protest” project told AFP.
The ship, a large fishing vessel which was being readied to challenge Israeli naval authority in June, sustained major damage and sunk in the shallow waters of the port, leaving three-quarters of it submerged. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Naval troops said they heard secondary explosions after they fired on the 2 suspicious boats sailing from Egypt’s Sinai to the Gaza Strip.
By Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy
Israeli naval troops in the Mediterranean Sea opened fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning on suspected Palestinian smugglers traveling in two boats from Sinai to the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians said that four people on the boats had been wounded.
Israel Navy patrol vessels – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
It is not clear what exactly the boats were carrying, but the IDF said that the boats were damaged, and that they had heard secondary explosions after they had opened fire. Continue Reading »