Israel navy boards Gaza-bound ship

2012-10-20 12:00

Jerusalem - The Israeli navy on Saturday boarded a boat carrying pro-Palestinian activists and parliamentarians seeking to breach Israel's naval blockade on Gaza, the military said.

"A short while ago, Israeli navy soldiers boarded Estelle, a vessel which was en route to the Gaza Strip, attempting to break the maritime security blockade," it said in a statement, indicating the Finnish-flagged vessel was being led to the southern Israeli port of Ashdod.

Earlier, a Stockholm-based spokesperson for the Ship to Gaza Sweden campaign told AFP that the vessel had come "under attack".

"The Estelle is now under attack - I have just had a message from them by phone," Victoria Strand said.

"Some time ago, they said that they had military ships following them, but we don't know exactly what they mean" when they say they were attacked, she said of the vessel which is carrying five parliamentarians and a former Canadian lawmaker.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-20 12:09

    Those terrorists are always trying to sneak into Israel. Put them all in jail!

  • helmut.smrz - 2012-10-20 12:26

    Good one israel ,send home this misguided moron's

  • boris.dietrol - 2012-10-20 12:37

    Well that didn't take long! Under attack my foot...more like rampant stupidity in attempting to break a blockade. Idiots.

      malcolm.j.patterson.1 - 2012-10-20 18:37

      You know how the popular song goes (albeit from a way back)"You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind and you don't fool around with Israel. Idiot's who live in a dream world

  • David - 2012-10-20 12:56

    Why didn't the ship re route to Syria and get attention for all the innocent civilians Bashar has murdered? Oh yes, I forgot - Syria has a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. What a farce!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-20 13:07

      As an example of obfuscation and whataboutery, this is unparalleled. In every other respect, it's pathetic!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-20 13:43

      No fidel, it may not be elegantly stated, but it is the Syrian civilians caught up in the Syrian civil war who need the attention and aid from these bleeding heart do-gooders. Misguided as they may be.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-21 07:51

      Quite right Lesego. Protecting their country from genocidal Islamists.

  • dick.etheridge - 2012-10-20 13:01

    I have no sympathy for misguided idiots who place themselves in harms way and cry foul when they get klapped.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-20 13:08

    Israeli piracy on the high seas. This is how rogue states behave!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-20 13:26

      Fidel, you're a terrorist sympathiser. You're a rogue troll who terrorises peaceful states like Israel and the free world. You are the problem you terrorist Islamic sympathiser.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-20 13:47

      Israel imposes a legal maritime blockade on Gaza. You cannot wheedle your way around that fact.

      vaaldonkie.visagie - 2012-10-20 17:36

      Those waters belong to Israel you fool.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-20 21:56

      Larry, there is nothing legal about blockades! They are determined by might, and not some kind of an agreed principle between nations. Dumbwin, for a stupid post as yours, you are lucky to be getting this response from me.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-21 08:00

      Fidel, - In September 2011, a UN investigative committee concluded in the Palmer Report that the blockade is legal. You are welcome to your personal opinion but the facts are indesputable.

  • stephen.roux.3 - 2012-10-20 13:19

    Dont f**k with the Israeli Defense Force, lol!

  • David - 2012-10-20 16:41

    Fidel where are you from? Are you proud of what your Taliban did to young Ms Malala? Israel has every right to protect herself from terrorists who are likely to be supported by left leaning do gooder imbeciles.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-20 22:08

      David, with such powerful deductive skills, you should try and get to the bottom of other mysteries such as Big Foot. Stop with the idiocy!

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