Tag Archive for Gaza flotilla

ICC prosecutor again declines directive to investigate 2010 flotilla raid

International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, declines Appeals judges order to reconsider her earlier refusals, and open a formal investigation of the May 2010 IDF raid on the Mavi Marmara.

By Associated Press, Israel Hayom Staff


The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Monday again refused to open an investigation into the 2010 raid by Israeli forces of an aid flotilla heading to the Gaza strip.

Appeals judges in September ordered Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to reconsider her earlier refusals to open a formal investigation into the May 31, 2010, raid of the Mavi Marmara.

MS Mavi Marmara making a tour of Istanbul harbour on the occasion of her return to Istanbul, December 26, 2010 – Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Hevesli

The ship was trying to breach the maritime blockade Israel imposed on Gaza after the Hamas terrorist group seized control of the enclave from rival Palestinian faction Fatah in 2007 in a military coup. Continue Reading »

Israeli District Court Allows Confiscation of Flotilla Ships Violating Gaza Blockade

In a major precedent which should deter future flotillas attempting to break the legally ruled blockade, the Haifa District Court now allows the state to confiscate maritime vessels, if action is taken in a timely manner.



The state can confiscate ships used in flotillas to break the IDF’s sea blockade of Gaza, the Haifa Court, sitting as a maritime court, has ruled setting a new major precedent which could deter the flotilla tactic.

The Haifa District Attorney’s Office announced the decision on Wednesday in which Deputy Haifa Court President Ron Sokol had, earlier in the week, approved the state’s request to seize the Zaytouna-Oliva ship which sailed in a September 2016 “women’s flotilla” to break the blockade. Continue Reading »

REPORT: 93 Palestinians injured as Israeli Navy intercepts Gaza flotilla

After 7,000 Palestinian protesters clashed with the IDF and Gaza sailors trying to break the sea blockade near the Israel-Gaza maritime border on Monday, Gaza’s Ministry of Health reported 37 of the 93 injured were from live IDF sniper fire.



93 people were injured, with 37 from live IDF sniper fire, reported the Gaza Ministry of Health on Monday evening following intense clashes between 7,000 Palestinian protesters and IDF soldiers near the maritime boundary between the Gaza strip and Israel.

An attempt by various Gazan sailors to break the sea blockade and enter Israeli waters was intercepted by the Israeli navy. Continue Reading »

It’s Over: Israeli Navy intercepts Gaza ‘flotilla,’ ship towed to Ashdod

The carnival is over: Israeli naval vessels intercepts and seizes boat loaded with protesters and ‘a few boxes of medical supplies’ as a token gesture of rendering humanitarian assistance, attempting to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

By Gary Willig


A vessel attempting to break Israel’s maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip was stopped Sunday, ‘Freedom Flotilla’ organizers claimed.

The ‘al-Awda’ (Return) (top) and the Hurriyah (Freedom), will try to reach Gaza – Facebook

The seized ship, the ‘al-Awda’ (Return), was one of two vessels that attempted to break the blockade Sunday. The other ship, ‘Freedom,’ has not yet approached the blockade. Continue Reading »

Israeli Navy makes ‘uneventful’ interception of ‘aid-less’ female boat to Gaza


IDF statement reports the 13 female activists were detained without incident, with their boat now en route to Ashdod Port.

By i24news


The Israeli Navy on Wednesday intercepted an all-female flotilla carrying over a dozen women activists from 13 different countries attempting to breach the sea blockade on the Gaza Strip, the military confirmed.

Palestinian flags flown at the port of Gaza ahead of expected arrival of flotilla - Photo: محمود الهمص اف ب

Palestinian flags flown at the port of Gaza ahead of expected arrival of flotilla – Photo: محمود الهمص اف ب

An official military statement said that the “search of the vessel was uneventful” and that it had repeatedly advised the vessel to change course before taking action. Continue Reading »

Pro-Arab Israelis to meet ‘Flotilla of Women’ in Med to suggest sailing to Syria with aid


A group of sailors from southern Israel are planning their own flotilla to meet the pro-Hamas flotilla of women as it arrives, “If they want to talk about humanitarianism, they should sail to Syria and not Gaza. Gaza is not lacking for anything.”

By Hezki Baruch


A group of sailors from the South, including some who had been expelled from Gush Katif, are planning a flotilla in reaction to the “Women’s Flotilla” of left-wing activists to depart this week from Barcelona, Spain for Gaza.

The pro-Arab flotilla includes two boats on which hundreds of kilograms of humanitarian aid are packed. Continue Reading »

‘Women’s flotilla’ to Gaza blames Israel for boats’ delay


The entire flotilla of 2 small vessels, carrying a few dozen women who plan on breaching Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, had their departure delayed by the police, and a bad engine.



The flotilla to Gaza, which was set to arrive in early October carrying 30 women from around the world on two ships, got off to a late start.

One of the ships, the Amal (Hope) was forced to turn back after facing engine trouble. The second ship, the Zaytouna (Olive), set off only late in the afternoon after being delayed for many hours by local Italian police. Continue Reading »

Flotilla of women set sail from Barcelona to Gaza


view videoFlotilla of 2 sail boats carrying approximately 20 women set sail from Barcelona hoping to breach Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza.

By Elad Benari


A new women’s flotilla aimed at violating the Israeli naval blockade on Gaza left on Wednesday from the Spanish city of Barcelona, Al Jazeera reported.

The 2 vessels of the Women’s Boat to Gaza “mission” launching from the Port of Barcelona.  – Photo: Womens Boat to Gaza website

Two sailing boats, Amal and Zaytouna, with 11 women on board each, sailed off under the banner “The Women’s Boat to Gaza”, according to the report.

The passengers include Swedish European Parliament Member Malin Bjork and Dr Fouzia Hassan of Malaysia. Continue Reading »

Rabid anti-Israel Knesset Member intends to join new flotilla to Gaza


Arab MK Zoabi reportedly plans to join in a women-only ‘Freedom Flotilla’ to Gaza in mid-September.

By Gil Ronen


MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad / Joint List) reportedly intends to join a flotilla to Gaza, some six years after she participated in a flotilla aboard the infamous Mavi Marmara, where terrorists prepared an ambush for Israeli commandos.

According to Channel 2 TV News’s website, the Freedom Flotilla will be an all-female endeavor, sailing in mid-September and expected to reach Gaza October 1.


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Israeli Arab MK Challenges Israel’s Law And Armed Forces By Joining Gaza-Bound Flotilla

In a provocative act of defying a legal security blockade of Gaza, an Arab MK, Dr. Basel Ghattas, plans to join the pro-Hamas flotilla currently making its way to the terror enclave.

By Moran Azulay


MK Basel Ghattas of the Joint Arab List on Sunday confirmed to Ynet that he intends to board a solidarity flotilla from Greece to Gaza.

Violence on board the Marmara – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit



Ghattas is not the first Arab MK to board a flotilla: Five years ago, his colleague from the Joint Arab List, MK Hanin Zoabi, was on the Mavi Marmara, a flotilla that was raided by Israeli commandos in 2010. Continue Reading »

Israel Navy watching Gaza-bound flotilla set to sail from Italy

A senior Islamic Jihad leader said his organization would end truce with Israel if the navy intercepted the flotilla, however security sources did not express particular concern over the threat.

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Gaza’s ‘Freedom Flotilla III’ Sets Sail to Confront Israel’s Navy

Media apathy and inaction by most governments to what’s happening in Hamas controlled Gaza has prompted a 3rd Gaza Flotilla.

By Arutz Sheva News Briefs


A new “pro-Palestinian” flotilla began its trip to Gaza yesterday (Sunday). The flotilla, which calls itself Freedom Flotilla III, is organized by the Ship to Gaza campaign.

The fishing trawler, Marianne of Gothenburg – Google photos

The first ship, Marianne of Gothenburg, set sail from Sweden with a “limited cargo of, among other things, solar cell panels and medical equipment,” according to a Ship to Gaza spokesperson. Two more vessels will join later. Continue Reading »

Palestinian News Agency: ‘Freedom Flotilla III’ is set to challenge Gaza blockade

Although organizers remain mum on details, the pro-Palestinian’s 3rd mission for a confrontational “lifting of Gaza blockade” is expected this summer.



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 »

Sweden to Investigate Israel Over the Marmara

According to the Swedish legal authorities, claims of “aggravated assault, aggravated theft and violation of int’l law” will be investigated since Swedes were on board the 2010 and 2012 flotillas.

By Ari Yashar


Sweden launched an investigation against Israel on Thursday, over the IDF’s defense of its legal maritime blockade on the terrorist group Hamas’s enclave of Gaza in 2010 and 2012.

Mavi Marmara

Mavi Marmara – Photo: AFP

The 2010 incident was the Mavi Marmara flotilla’s attempted breach of the maritime blockade; in 2012 the Estelle, a ship bearing a Finnish flag, was stopped trying to breach the blockade as well.

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Mysterious Explosion Sinks the Protest Ship, ‘Gaza’s Ark’

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.

Gaza's Ark

Gaza’s Ark

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 »