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Protest From Swedish Foreign Office After Ship to Gaza Hijacking

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Foreign Ministry of Sweden informs they have presented a protest against Israel as a result of the boarding of Ship to Gaza fishing trawler Marianne while travelling through international waters on itâEUR(TM)s way to Gaza.

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fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 1, 2015, 10:43 pm
Foreign Ministry of Sweden informs they have presented a protest against Israel as a result of the boarding of Ship to Gaza fishing trawler Marianne while travelling through international waters on it’s way to Gaza.

“Granted the information we have been given, the Israeli navy intervention took place on international waters. According to law it’s only the flag State, in this case Sweden, who is allowed to act against another ship on international waters. Sweden has expressed their opinion on the event to Israel”, says Veronica Nordlund, Foreign Ministry press office, to Dagens Nyheter (Swedish Daily News). She adds:
”We require consular access to contact the passengers at the ship”.

Veronica Nordlund highlights the importance that Israel terminate the blockade of Gaza:
”The situation is alarming and Sweden consider the opening the border checks being important”, says Veronica Nordlund.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 1, 2015, 10:45 pm
Press release from Freedom Flotilla Coalition

At 02:06AM today (Gaza time) the “Marianne” contacted Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) and informed us that three boats of the Israeli navy had surrounded her in international waters, while sailing approximately 100NM from Gaza coast. After that we lost contact with the “Marianne” and at 05:11AM (Gaza time) the IDF announced that they had “visited and searched” Marianne. They had captured the boat and detained all on board “in international waters” as they admitted themselves. The only positive content in the IDF announcement was that they still recognize that there is a naval blockade of Gaza, despite Netanyahu’s government recent denial that one exists.

We have no reason to believe that Marianne’s capture was “uneventful”, because the last time the IDF said something like that, in 2012, the people on board the “Estelle” were badly tasered and beaten with clubs. Back in 2010, ten passengers of Mavi Marmara were murdered by the IDF during a similar operation in international waters.

It is disappointing that the Israeli government chose to continue the absolutely fruitless policy of “no tolerance”, meaning it will continue to enforce an inhumane and illegal collective punishment against 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza. Israel’s repeated acts of state piracy in international waters are worrying signs that the occupation and blockade policy extends to the entire eastern Mediterranean. We demand that the Israeli government cease and desist the illegal detainment of peaceful civilians travelling in international waters in support of humanitarian aid.

We call on our governments to ensure that all passengers and crew from the “Marianne” are safe, and to strongly protest against the violation of international maritime law by the Israeli state. We call on all civil society organizations to condemn the actions of Israel. People all over the world will continue to respond and react to this injustice, as will we, until the port of Gaza is open and the siege and occupation is ended.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 1, 2015, 10:55 pm
Ship to Gaza’s Israeli lawyer Gabi Lasky informed about 4PM today that additionally three of those detained when the fishing trawler Marianne of Gothenburg was hijacked on international waters, will be deported early tomorrow morning.

This concerns Norwegian mate Herman Recksten and the two Canadian citizens, activist Bob Lovelace and machinist Kevin Niesh. They have already been transferred from the Givon-prison to custody at Ben Gurion airport.

Remaining in prison are currently the Russian journalist Nadya Kevorkova (RT-television) and the six Swedes: able-seaman Charlie Andreason, mate Gustav Bergström, journalist and writer Kajsa Ekis Ekman, activist and musician Dror Feiler, ship’s cook Jonas Kårlin and captain Joel Opperdoes.

The detained are divided into two sections where Ekman and Kevorkova are separated from the rest.

Israeli authority has previously pronounced that these people would be deported in turns during Thursday and Friday.

According to Lasky the activists will oppose the deportation until they will be deported as a group.

At previous actions the activists made similar standpoints as they didn’t want to leave anyone behind or in smaller groups, in care of these activists security and wellbeing.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 6, 2015, 11:54 pm
Israel will kick out the clowns out, Arabs will get another ship - all on our tax money.

What a bunch of nonsense.
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