Tag Archive for Gaza flotilla

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.

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 »

Turkey no longer protecting IHH: Sends police to detain members over Al-Qaida links


IHH, the Turkish aid organization behind the Gaza-bound flotilla & Mavi Marmama in 2010, reports storage facility near Syrian border was searched & employee was taken away by Police.



Turkish media said police have carried out raids in six Turkish cities, detaining several people allegedly linked to Al-Qaida, including an employee of a prominent Islamic charity.

Mavi Marmara

A crowd greets the Mavi Marmama, the lead ship of the ‘Gaza flotilla,’ upon its return to Istanbul, Dec. 26, 2010. – Photo: AP

The aid organization, IHH, confirmed Tuesday that its storage facility near the Syrian border was searched and an employee was detained. Continue Reading »

Hundreds launch from Gaza in ‘reverse flotilla’ to confront Israel’s naval blockade



Hundreds of Gazans launched protest flotilla in protests of joint Israel-Egyptian blockade of Gaza but fail to make it to Israel

By News agencies

Hundreds of Palestinian youth activists sailed from the shores of the Gaza Strip on Monday to protest at Israel’s restrictions on fishing in the seas off the Islamist-ruled enclave.

En route to Israel (Photo: EPA)

En route to Israel – Photo: EPA

Around 20 Gaza fishing boats carrying several dozen activists claimed to have broken the naval blockade on the territory in a move denied by the Israeli military. The “resistance flotilla” was at sea for several hours before returning with the claim it had “broken” the blockade which bars fishing vessels from sailing six nautical miles from the shoreline. Continue Reading »

Israeli Navy Expects ‘Exiting Gaza Flotillas’

Gaza protest group plans to sail from Gaza to confront Israel’s naval ships enforcing the strip’s blockade.

By Gil Ronen


The IDF and Israel Navy are prepared to encounter what has been dubbed a “reverse flotilla” from Gaza, reports Israel Hayom Monday. The political flotilla will be coming at the Israeli ships from Gaza and going westward, as opposed to previous political flotillas that came from the west toward Gaza, hence the name “reverse flotilla”.

Israeli navy ship – Israel news photo: IDF spokesman

The IDF estimates that dozens of Arab and European activists will be on the flotilla, and that it will include several boats. Continue Reading »

Palestinians plan new flotilla to launch from Gaza



Palestinian protesters & fishermen will try to reach the open seas of the Mediterranean to remind the world Gaza is still under closure.

The activists are expecting Israel’s Navy to interfere, but say they will not confront seamen.

BY Elior Levy

A group of Palestinian activists from Intifada Youth Coalition is planning on sailing from Gaza Strip in an attempt to challenge the naval blockade on the territory.

Swedish flotilla to Gaza in 2012 (Photo: AFP)

Swedish flotilla to Gaza in 2012 – Photo: AFP

The group of 200 Palestinian activists, backed by other foreign activists who are currently in Gaza, is planning to take boats from the Palestinian coast to the line of the marine closure, six nautical miles from shore, on Friday. Continue Reading »