Greece arrests Gaza-bound boat captain

2011-07-02 20:01

Athens - Authorities in Greece say they have arrested the captain of a boat that was to be part of a Gaza-bound flotilla trying to deliver humanitarian aid.

The 60-year-old captain, whose name was not released by authorities, is being held at Piraeus police headquarters and will remain there until a court hearing on Tuesday.

Greece's coast guard said on Saturday the captain of the "Audacity of Hope" faces charges of trying to leave port without permission and of endangering the lives of the boat's passengers.

The latter charge is a felony.

The "Audacity of Hope" was due to carry 36 passengers, four crew and about 10 members of the media.

Its attempt to sail on Friday night from the port of Perama, near Athens, was thwarted by coast guard speedboats.

  • Jaimo - 2011-07-02 20:25

    He's a rebellious trouble-maker like the whole flotilla is. Suckered by jihad lies and anti-semetic propaganda they're just asking for trouble! Lock him up and impound the boat!

      stucky m - 2011-07-02 21:19

      "Anti-Semetic"? Please don't make me laugh. The Palestinians Are the true Semites. People who call themselves Jews today are not "Jews", they are AshkeNAZI converts from Khazaria, Northern Turkey/Georgia. Revelation 3:9

      The huntchback - 2011-07-02 21:40

      @Jaimo you are a fool suckered by Israeli Proppaganda you should be locked up for supporting a country that is guilty of crimes against humanity

      za101 - 2011-07-02 23:38

      Please stop buying Greek olive oil. In the first 5 months South African purchsed R3.3million in Greek Olive Oil. Last year South African purhcased R9 Mmillion Greek Olive Oil

      za101 - 2011-07-02 23:47

      Please look at the where the following products are manufactured. South African purchase the most of the following goods from Greece: - aluminium profiles -cosmetics -cotton -shoes

      Cornix - 2011-07-03 05:07

      stucky m, your interpretation of Revelation 3:9 is wrong. The Bible cannot be used to justify that Israel does not belong to the Jews. You are playing with fire, my friend. za101, I will keep on buying those Greek products. Thank you very much.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-07-03 09:46

      za101 - at least the greek can produce goods - what good came from muslim countries like afghanistan who followed the koran law shariah??? they were the most backward uneducated nation in the world prior to the 2001 invasion. All muslim countries that dont have oil are backward - and those that do have oil import their technologies from the west. islam is the way - back to the caveman age.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 15:17

      @gonny if you had any knowledge about world history you would have known that it was Islam that switched on the lights for the western world who sunk in the dark ages not so long ago ! It was the cities of Andalus and Qurtuba that educated your ignorant forefathers, You owe what you are today to Islam !!! if it was not for Islam you would still be washing once a year

      Romans8 - 2011-07-03 16:18

      The huntchback - I am afraid that it is not Jaimo that has been suckered, but you by the world media and Arab lies.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 16:28

      @Romans the truth is clear for all to see, The media is defintely not my chosen source of information, if they were I would most probably be like you!!

      Romans8 - 2011-07-03 16:29

      @ The Huntchback - Tell me what did the Arabs or Islam add to the Western world, in terms of technology. Actually nothing, but you will find with a bit of research on the internet that Jews have contributed largely to technology and medical advancements. Who invented the cell phone you use on a daily basis? A Jew did. Out of all the Noble Prizes that have been won, and I stand corrected, only two have been won by Muslims.

      Romans8 - 2011-07-03 16:53

      @ The Huntchback - The media is deffinately not my favoured source of information as you assume. I don't bellieve half the things the mainstream media put out, but have other sources with the Bible being the main one.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 17:16

      @Roman had this been the place to prove to you that Islam has contributed in a major way to our current civilisation I would most probably need to write an article of great length, as the contribution of Muslims to world technology is without exaggeration enormous, I will not deny the fact that currently we might not be contributing as much as our cousins the `Jews `are technologically doing but as I previously stated we did lay the foundations for progress in many fields. The problem with you and your likes are, you so easily turn your backs on History which so clearly and boldly demonstrates the fact that Islam and Muslims were once the forerunners in many sciences and in reality we did lay the foundations for the west coming out of the Dark ages. We were the renaissance you so boast about. If you need to read up on Islamic contribution to Modern civilization, the web is full of interesting facts.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 17:20

      @Roman. Try adding the Quran to your list of references. Read it with an unbiased mind and see how much Islam and Christianity has in common, you might be pleasantly surprised

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 17:42

      Could not resist, will just add a few to silence some ignorant peoples: Trigonometry, Sine, Tangent, Co-Tangent The Arabs developed these functions in trigonometry and Ibn Moosaa's work Hisaab-Al Jab-Wal Muqaabala (The Calculation of Integration and Equation) presented 800 examples in the 8th century CE. His work was translated from Arabic into Latin and until the 16th century CE, it was Europe's main textbook on the subject.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 17:42

      Algebra and Geometry Muhammad bin Moosaa Al-Khawaarizmi is considered to be one of the founders of Algebra. The word ‘Algorithm’ or 'Algorizm' is a corruption of his name or the name of the town Khwaarizm (Kheva), in what is now Uzbekistan, where he was born. He adopted the use of ‘cipher’ (zero), that was devised in India some centuries earlier, a numeral of fundamental importance, leading up to the so-called arithmetic of positions and the decimal system. The very word ‘zero’ is a derivative of the Arabic ‘sifr’ or ‘cipher’. His pioneering work on the system of numerals is well known as "Algorithm," or "Algorizm." In addition to introducing the Arabic numerals, he developed several arithmetical procedures, including operations on fractions. Another great mathematician was Omar Khayyaam, who offered to the world geometric and algebraic solutions of the second degree. Naseeruddeen wrote the treatise on quadrilateral trigonometry, as well as plain and spherical geometry.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 17:43

      Physics and Chemistry Kamaaluddeen examined the refraction of sunlight in raindrops and offered an explanation of the genesis of primary and secondary rainbows. The story of the invention of the pendulum and the presentation of a water clock to Emperor Charlemagne by Haaroon Ar-Rasheed is well known. The great historian Gibbons wrote in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Volume 5) that the science of chemistry owes its origin and improvements to the Muslims.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 18:06

      Science of Mechanics The development of the science of mechanics in Islam is an act of genius. Moosaa bin Shaakir described one hundred pieces of mechanical equipment in his book of artifices. Other outstanding Muslim treatises included Al Kitaab Fi Ma`rifat Al-Hiya Al-Handasiyyah (The Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious Geometrical Contrivances) by Abul Fiaz bin Al Raz and Al Kitaab Meezanal-Hikmah (The Book of Balance and Wisdom) by Al-Khazini. He also did work on accurate weighing, and determination of the specific gravity of substances.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 18:06

      Camera Obscura In the field of optics, Camera Obscura was invented by Ibn Haytham in 1038 CE.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 18:08

      Theory of Relativity Qaadhi Abu Bakr had developed the theory of relativity in the 8th century CE in terms of time and space by means of mathematical equations and astrophysics. Imagine, Einstein was not even born in the Western world, who propounded the same theory of relativity much later in the 20th century CE.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 18:09

      Geography As far as geography was concerned, Muslim scientists established that the world was round in the 9th century CE, and the first map of the globe was made during the Caliphate of Ma’moon.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 18:09

      Paper Making This was one of the earliest skills attained by the Muslims. As early as the 8th century CE, high quality paper was being manufactured in Samarqand. Egypt was known to have its first paper mill in the year 900 CE. The earliest Arabic manuscript written on paper that has been discovered is the Ghareeb Al Hadeeth by Abu ‘Ubayed, dated 837 CE. It can be seen in Holland preserved in the library at the University of Leyden.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 18:10

      Advances in Industry Under Islamic rule, Spain was an industrial center. It was one of the wealthiest and most thickly populated of the European countries. Muslims were leading in weaving wool, producing silk, pottery, jewelry, leather and perfume industry. In the Middle Ages, world trade was commanded by Muslims and Baghdad, Bukhaara and Samarqand remained centers for world fairs until the 16th century CE. The Bayt Al-Hikmah at Cairo contained two million books, the library at Tripoli contained some three million, but this library was burned down by the Christians during the first Crusade.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 18:16

      Miracles of the Quran Let us consider the hundreds of scientific facts mentioned in the Holy Quran. For example, the fact that the earth was previously a part of the sun and after its separation, it became a habitable place for humankind, as mentioned in chapter 21, verse 30. That matter is made up of sub-atomic particles (chapter 10, verse 61). That the embryo in the mother's womb in enclosed by three epithelial coverings (chapter 39, verse 6). That each human being has a unique fingerprint (chapter 75, verse 4) etc. There are thousands of other scientific facts in the Holy Quran Read it and see for yourself

      Cornix - 2011-07-04 11:19

  • j4truth - 2011-07-02 21:12

    They that love (support) ISRAEL will be blessed! They that curse(frustrate and harass) ISRAEL will be CURSED! Don't mess with Israel!

      stucky m - 2011-07-02 21:35

      The State of Israel is not the kingdom of Israel. It is an abomination created by the Jewish Rothschilds Banking family. Read the Balfour Declaration and the Transfer Agreement. WWI & WWII were instigated to create the State. There is nothing blessed about it.

      meelo - 2011-07-02 21:52

      Yes we wont God will. Its amazing how the chosen people are so minute in numbers and all white are there any black jews

      Cornix - 2011-07-03 05:10

      stucky m, you're wrong again. meelo, you're racist.

  • stucky m - 2011-07-02 21:20

    That's because the leading Greek politicians are Jewish.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-07-02 21:29

      stucky m - when something goes against violent religion of islam/fakeistinians then blame the jews???? you dont know anything about greek politicians but you know their religion - do you tink these people openly tell everyone their religion - greece is orthodox christian country you fool!.

      Cornix - 2011-07-03 05:09

      stucky m, you're wrong again.

  • meelo - 2011-07-02 21:35

    GonnyVonYuri - Islam was there from the time man was first created. if you knew the meaning you wouldn't comment on something you know nothing of. Ok lets see if you know what it means ?

      nixliguori - 2011-07-03 07:23

      With the Hijra or Hegire – the migration of the Prophet Mohammed from Mecca to Medina in 622. This date marks the beginning of Islam and the Muslim era. After Muhammad’s revelations he began to preach with great zeal. This was still in the area of his home town, Mecca. Some 100 or so followers joined Muhammad, however, there was also great opposition to him. Unable to make any progress in Mecca, Muhammad decided to move to Yathrib, a city some 450 kilometers or 280 miles north of Mecca. The city was later named Medina meaning, “city of the Prophet”. September 24, 622 This migration, called Hijra in Arabic, started on September 24, 622. This marks the beginning of Islam, and the Muslim calendar starts with this date. Meelo before you start talking sh1t, do a bit of research!!

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 15:23

      @ nixliguori your ignorance about Islam is pathetic, the Hijri Calender marks the migritation from Makkah to Madinah, Islam did not start in Macca, Muhammad`s message (as anyone who really wants to learn something about Islam will easily understand if they took some time to read the Quran) is a continuation of the Abrahamic Religion which traces it roots back to the creation of Man

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 15:33

      @gonny you are an Ignoramous, seriously please back up your claims with proof, The last time I read Muhammad was unletterd (He could not read or write), but according to you, in the desert an unletterd one wrote (and borrowed from biblical works that was recorderd in a language foreign to him)a Classical work, using language that still has to be matched in eloquence an accuracy, Recording therein scientific facts man only came to learn in the 20th century. Gonny Gonny Gonny you are really stupid bro even If muhammad could write where did he get his facts from, The Quran is Muhammad`s Mirracle, The Quran testifies to The Prophethood of Muhammad !! read it if you dare

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 15:38

      @j4truth your comments does not warrant a reply ! you are an Imbicile your comments are nothing short of fictacious.

      The huntchback - 2011-07-03 15:43

      For all you haters of Islam, Islam means submission, submission to The will of God

      WATCHMAN - 2011-07-03 16:43

      @ The Huntchback - Seeing you're so supportive of Islam, why don't you go and book your place on one of the floatila boats?

      Cornix - 2011-07-04 11:20

  • John Paul - 2011-07-02 22:49

    1 out of action, a flotilla to go. What would my strategy be? I would wait until the flotilla is...and I would ..., and at the right time I that by the time of...they would find themselves already out of action. I would apprehend the boats and give them to the settlers on the sea villages, distribute the cargo among poor israelis, and send the terrorists back to bring another flotilla to be seized and with another cargo to be dished out amongst the israeli poor.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-07-03 09:49

      excellent idea.

  • John Paul - 2011-07-02 22:52

    The flotilla should go to Benghazi!

  • Cornix - 2011-07-03 05:20

    Well done, Greece!!!

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-07-03 15:32

    Good keep him locked up for a while, so that he can think about the consequences of his actions and what could possibly happen to him and that he doule possibly feel the wrath of God!

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-07-03 16:09

    Jer 32:37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:

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