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Israeli ships surround French boat near Gaza: organiser

At least three Israeli military ships surrounded a French-flagged yacht as it neared Gaza, seeking to breach Israel’s blockade on the territory, an organiser told AFP on Tuesday. “The boat is surrounded by at least three Israeli ships and since 9:06 am (0706 GMT) all the communications have been jammed.…

Israel suspends Arab lawmaker for joining Gaza flotilla

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s parliament suspended an Arab lawmaker on Monday for sailing with a flotilla that challenged the Israeli blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip last year and was intercepted in a deadly raid. The Knesset’s Ethics Committee voted to suspend Hanin Zoabi from most parliamentary debates until the…

Greeks stop third freedom flotilla ship bound for Gaza

ATHENS (Reuters) – The Greek coastguard intercepted a small French boat with Pro-Palestinian activists aboard on Thursday, the third flotilla ship to be prevented from sailing to Gaza to challenge an Israeli blockade. Greece, just over a year after nine people were killed when Israeli marines stormed a pro-Palestinian flotilla,…

Greek coastguard intercepts Gaza ship: activist

ATHENS (Reuters) – The Greek coastguard intercepted a boat carrying U.S. activists soon after they set sail from Greece on Friday to join a pro-Palestinian flotilla to Gaza, one of the activists said. The boat, dubbed “The Audacity of Hope,” had just left Perama port, near Piraeus, for the open…

Gaza flotilla makes Internet splash

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – They’re all aTwitter about the flotilla. It may still be anyone’s guess when a small international convoy of vessels carrying pro-Palestinian activists and aid will set sail from Greece to the Gaza Strip in a challenge to Israel’s naval blockade of the territory run by Hamas Islamists.…

Israeli probe: Gaza flotilla raid was ‘legal’

JERUSALEM — An Israeli probe ruled Sunday that a deadly May 2010 raid on a flotilla of Gaza-bound aid ships, which killed nine Turkish activists and soured ties with Ankara, did not violate international law. However, a Turkish probe into the incident, which also released its preliminary findings Sunday, ruled…

UN backs damning report on Israel’s flotilla attack

The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday agreed to back a report which found “clear evidence” for legal action against Israel over its attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The resolution, which was tabled by Pakistan on behalf of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, was approved with 30 votes…

UN rights council: ‘Clear evidence’ against Israel in flotilla raid

GENEVA — A UN probe said Wednesday there was “clear evidence to support prosecutions” against Israel for “willful killing” and torture committed when its troops stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May. In a scathing report, it also threw out Israel’s argument that activists on the aid ship were violent…

USS Liberty survivor: Death was possible on Gaza freedom flotilla

“Once they got aboard our ship, they just stumbled around and argued with each other,” former US Navy signalman of USS Liberty aboard Gaza freedom flotilla ship tells RAW STORY; IDF responds: forces showed “professionalism” and “commanders exhibited correct decision making” Joe Meadors knew firsthand the dangers of sailing anywhere…

Rights group probes US agencies on foreknowledge of Israeli flotilla raid

What did we know, and when? That’s the gist of a series of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights, which hopes to learn more about any American involvement in or foreknowledge of the deadly flotilla raid that left nine peace activists dead, including a…

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