Greece blocks Gaza flotilla boat

2011-07-04 21:15

Athens - Greek security forces stopped a boat that tried to leave the southern island of Crete on Monday attempting to breach Israel's Gaza Strip sea blockade, activists and authorities said.

The coast guard blocked the boat shortly after it set sail without permission from the port of Agios Nikolaos in northeastern Crete, and an operation was under way to return it to port, the Greek Merchant Marine Ministry said.

Greece has banned all boats participating in the Gaza flotilla from leaving port, citing security concerns after a similar flotilla last year was raided by Israeli forces, leaving nine activists on a Turkish boat dead.

The Greek foreign ministry has offered to deliver the humanitarian aid the activists want to take to Gaza itself.

Israel says it imposed the blockade in 2007 to stop weapons reaching Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza. Israel eased its land blockade after an international uproar over last year's raid on the Turkish boat.

The vessel that attempted to leave on Monday, dubbed the Tahrir after the Cairo square that became a centre of protest against the Egyptian government this year, was carrying dozens of Canadians, activist Dror Feiler said.

On Friday, Greek authorities stopped the Audacity of Hope, a vessel carrying American activists, after it attempted to set sail without permission from near the port of Piraeus outside the Greek capital. The boat's American captain was arrested and is to appear in court on Tuesday.

Deliver aid

Greece's foreign ministry said on Monday it would contact flotilla organizers about its offer to deliver the activists' aid.

"The hope is that we will be able to go forward. For that reason we will come into contact with all the boats to explain to them how we can arrange to transport the aid from Greece," said foreign ministry spokesperson Grigoris Delavekouras.

"Greece is taking a responsible stance and dealing with a particular situation. And this situation says that there is an immediate danger to human life by participating in this attempt," Delavekouras said.

"This is something that arises from experience. I think we all remember the tragic events we had last year. The region doesn't need this at the moment."

Israel has pledged to thwart any attempt to reach Gaza by sea; it says aid deliveries can occur through its own established channels.

  • Ian - 2011-07-04 21:46

    good, probally saved them from being blown to hell by the israeli navy

      Ebrahim - 2011-07-04 22:41

      Blown to hell for a humanitarian mission, Israel and its citizens should feel ashamed of itself, Humanity comes first before all else.

      Rinus Eckard - 2011-07-04 23:38

      @Ebrahim: you mean something like using to children as suicide bombers?

      The huntchback - 2011-07-04 23:58

      Yeah right anus Eckard what does this have to do with Israels intent to starve kids to death?

      Krush - 2011-07-05 07:11

      @Ebrahim - you see, that's the biggest problem with "humanism" - it's often done illegally and in contravention of laws. How is that peaceful? Often those things masked as "good" is not right. Have you seen the size of the middle east? Now take a look at the size of Israel? The muslims want everything and not long they will take over Europe etc. They are the masses and yet they want to play the victim. Israel belongs to the Israelites, as commanded by God - not to the palestinians.

      lakhan7 - 2011-07-05 10:30

      this ship, and its people defide the Greek Government. ( where ever they set foot , they dis-obey the existing christain or Hindu or jewish goverment! thats a fact)

  • M. Khoza - 2011-07-04 22:21

    I feel more pity for your financial troubles- you racist supporting nation, sis on u Greece

      Rastus - 2011-07-04 22:50

      At least someone has brains - The Israelis have the right to protect themselves - and do you know what - I enjoy the way they do it! Take no cacti! They want to be left in peace - but it's you guys that won't let them! The Arabs are screwing the world over - just check the oil price -

      The huntchback - 2011-07-04 23:06


  • The huntchback - 2011-07-04 22:58

    Abdul: Jan. 11, 2009 Dear Rabbi I always new that Jews are not Zionist and would appreciate your opinion of status of the state of Israel according to the Book ( The Holy Torah). 1_ can you tell me if the Israel represent all the jews in the world? 2_ Israel was created in 1948 by displacing the people from their homes and making them refugees and kiiling civilians in its course. Looking at these facts is Israel a legitimate state? 3_ Who are these leaders of Israel, are the Zionist? 4_ Is ISrael a racist state? Your answeres to these questions are much appreciated. Regards Abdul

      The huntchback - 2011-07-04 22:58

      Dear Abdul, 1_ can you tell me if the Israel represent all the jews in the world? Of course not. First of all, let me explain that there are active anti-Zionists like our organization, whose associated groups and supporters number about 150,000 Jews worldwide, and then there are non-Zionist Orthodox Jews, which number far more. Non-Zionist Orthodox Jews includes the entire yeshiva world and its supporters, and the entire Chassidic world. They make up about 10% of the Jewish population of the state of Israel - about 500,000 - and about 10% of the Jewish population of the United States. These non-Zionist Jews do not see Zionism and the state as an ideal, they did not work to create and fight for the state. On the other hand, some of them for practical reasons (i.e. to get money for their schools) will vote in the Israeli elections. Still it is important to remember that these people still continue in the ancient ways of Judaism, they still consider themselves to be in exile, and it does not make any difference to them if they are living under the exile of the Zionist government or the exile of the U.S. government or any other government. If anything, they will say that the Zionist exile is worse, because instead of secular gentiles it's secular and anti-religious Jews.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-04 22:59

      About 75% of Israeli Jews are secular, that is, they do not subscribe to any version of Judaism. Most of them are Zionist and support the continuation of the state. However they do not even claim to be speaking in the name of Judaism since they do not believe in Judaism or the Torah. In America the percentage of secular Jews (out of those 5.2 million who acknowledge that they are of Jewish descent) is even higher. Then you have a group in between called religious Zionists, comprising about 15% of Israelis and somewhat lower in America. These people are the real Zionists, because they claim that their Zionism is a valid form of Judaism. 2_ Israel was created in 1948 by displacing the people from their homes and making them refugees and kiiling civilians in its course. Looking at these facts is Israel a legitimate state? Judaism does not allow Jews to displace other people, steal their land, kill them. These are all serious crimes under Torah law. Actually, however, the Torah forbids any Jewish state, even if it were created peacefully without taking anyone s land. G-d in His wisdom foresaw that Zionists could always try to wiggle out of arguments that they were killing and stealing by claiming self-defense or they left on their own so He did not make the prohibition of a state contingent on that. It is prohibited no matter what. The state of Israel is not legitimate in the eyes of Jewish law.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-04 23:00

      3_ Who are these leaders of Israel, are the Zionist? Yes, by definition that is so. Anyone who is a leader of the state of Israel is a Zionist. 4_ Is ISrael a racist state? Racism is the belief that some people are superior to others merely because of their ancestry, often marked by some physical characteristic. The Jewish people, however, is not defined by its race but by its religion, beliefs and practices. Any human being of any race can become a Jew, follow the Torah and be considered just like any other Jew. On the other hand, a Jew who does not follow the Torah is for all intents and purposes not really a Jew, except that technically if he repents he does not have to go through any conversion process. The Zionists, on the other hand, defines a Jew by his ancestry. A person is considered a Jew by them even if he is an atheist and keeps nothing. They give automatic citizenship to any such Jew, but not to others I would consider this racism. Hersh Lowenthal

      The huntchback - 2011-07-04 23:04

      Even the Jews admit that Israel is a racist Illegitimate State see for yourself

      Krush - 2011-07-05 07:15

      The huntchback, firstly, you don't need to follow Judaism to be Jewish. Israel is made of of 12 tribes, split into 2 larger groups called Ephraim and Judah. Judah is your current day jews living in Israel. Those that follow Judaism religiously. They have maintained the laws. Ephraim, the wild olive tree which dispersed into the world and mixed with the gerim are spread throughout the earth and are returning to Israel in droves as prophesied in the bible 2000 years ago. Israel was given to the Israelites by God, the borders decided by Him. Israel is not racist, they are protecting themselves against the very people who have continuously tried to eradicate them. God will fight their fights.

      daaivark - 2011-07-05 07:37

      Krush, with respect, although I find "the huntchback" (Where did he learn English!?) determinedly disgusting, the position that God assigned that stretch of desert to a specific group of wanderers is absurd. Firstly, you assume the existence of such an abstract entity, which in itself is a very dodgy position. And secondly, you assume that he/she/it would be partisan. Sorry, but that argument is full of holes. Killing by both sides is unacceptable in a civilised world.

      Zanu - 2011-07-05 12:54

      The reason why i support Israel, rather than the rest of the Arab world.

  • Cornix - 2011-07-05 00:17

    Another one bites the dust! Well done, Greece!

      Cornix - 2011-07-05 12:11

      Do you really think that it’s just a “coincidence” that while Obama is going against Israel (demanded that Israel return to the indefensible pre-1967 borders), that America has been suffering from the most extreme weather patterns they have had in well over a century?

  • kubs - 2011-07-05 08:26

    Who cares about Greece..I bet they still carry on breaking plates even tho they in a financial are expensive..Israel will try to justify their atrocities and they will have have millions of supporters ..just like Hitler did,just like the whites in SA did,just like the Hutus did in Rwanda..but evil never prevails and in the end they all fell..just like Israel will..and then the children of Israel will have to forever live with stigma of being children of evil..and that in itself id the worst kind of evil..letting your children pay for your evil deeds

      Cornix - 2011-07-05 09:47

      Seriously Kubs, what has the breaking of plates got to do with Greece's stopping of the Gaza flotillas. Absolutely nothing!

      Zanu - 2011-07-05 12:58

      There is no place in the world where racism... is as widespread and institutionalized as in the Arab world; against Jews, Gays, women and Christian minorities.

  • Frank - 2011-07-05 08:50

    As Richard Simmons would say: “They might as well be gay. And not just because they love rhinestones and Barbara Streisand. But because they are a sensitive people who is supportive of gay peopl,e the same way I'm sensitive to grossly obese people and ugly people.”

  • YeIsrael - 2011-07-05 11:12

    everyone can say what they want to about Israel, bottom line is that the Jews are G-Ds people and Israel is there land, the arab countries couldnt take it from them in the 6 day war and they never will as it is G-Ds will for the Jews to have that land. No nation of blood suckers will ever be able to beat devine Intervention. Wise words from a Wise Lady - Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us. Golda Meir

      kubs - 2011-07-05 11:24

      If the jews were gods people wud he have allowed 6 million of them to be slaughtered?..or was it some kind of weird test?

      Cornix - 2011-07-05 14:02

      Kubs, let's see, you don't understand God, you don't understand the Devil, and ... you don't understand the history of the Jewish nation. Go figure!

  • mish82 - 2011-07-05 12:54

    They have eyes but cannot see, ears but cannot hear and hearts which do not understand. They are like cattle in the eyes of God, naye they are worse. God will always be with the righteous. Killing innocent people and encouraging it, is most certainly not righteous, even a blind man can see this. To my brothers and sisters in Islam, never lose hope nor faith in God for He is the source of True Love, Wisdom and Justice. Let them make their plans, for we know Who is the best planner. And His plan is already in motion.

      Romans8 - 2011-07-05 19:23

      Paco7 - The rice o mix dish on the page again.

  • Zanu - 2011-07-05 13:36

    LOL Italy told them they would sink the flotilla... Turkey stated they don’t want to be embarrassed again… Greece didn’t say anything but I guess the feeling in the EU is the same about these terrorist boats.

      Cornix - 2011-07-05 14:54

      As Netanyahu said about last year's Turkish flotilla: "That wasn't a love boat, it was a hate boat."

  • Paco7 - 2011-07-05 14:05

    guys ignore the last comment by the infidel that wishes he was me,that is why he is using my name to try and bad mouth Islam but he will never succeed as so many in the past and so many now have tried and failed,Allah is great

      Paco7 - 2011-07-05 16:17

      guys ignore the last comment by the bigot that wishes he was me,that is why he is using my name to try and bad mouth Isarel but he will never succeed as so many in the past and so many now have tried and failed,Israel is great

  • mecan - 2011-07-07 06:41

    Greece & the West is with you Israel. We might be unspoken - but we know you stand for good; and we support your decisions & your self defence measures.

      daaivark - 2011-07-07 07:11

      Speak for yourself, please, mecan. Do NOT include everyone in your "we". Some of us, and I'd venture quite a lot, do not agree with you on this.

      mecan - 2011-07-07 07:28

      By "we" I mean good honest citizens, who know right from wrong & who can delve deeper into the source of the conflict - Hamas; so no.. I did not include "you" in the "we"

      daaivark - 2011-07-07 07:51

      Wow, mecan, so you must be really special, eh? You even know right from wrong and can "delve deep". Quite an achievement for a bigot. Good for you.

      mecan - 2011-07-07 08:17

      im enjoying this daaivark the extremist - haha, I like. I have always wanted to chat to an extremist - so tell me something about yourself vark?

      daaivark - 2011-07-07 08:27

      "extremist"??? You've got to be joking. Where's the extremism in my objection to your arrogance? Certainly my rather extensive education in English doesn't allow for that odd permutation. Rationalist, maybe? And no, I respetfully decline your kind offer of sharing. This isn't Oprah.

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