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19 Jun

After France Condemns Israel’s Killings in Gaza, French Police Obstruct Freedom Flotilla

Human rights activist Claude Leostic accuses Emmanuel Macron’s government of political harassment. TRNN video & transcript: DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News from Montreal, Canada. As The Real News reported a few weeks ago, a flotilla of ships has set sail from Copenhagen to the besieged […]

03 Jun

Swedish Freedom Flotilla: ‘The people of Gaza need us to act.’

On Tuesday, 15 May, three Swedish boats met in the Danish Straits near Copenhagen, to start a voyage that would take them across channels and seas all the way to the Mediterranean and the coast of Palestine. This was a flotilla with a mission to defy Israel’s illegal siege on the Gaza […]

28 May

Freedom Flotilla to Depart Gaza as Another Sets Sail from Copenhagen

The National Higher Committee for the Great Return March (NHCGRM) announced, yesterday, that a flotilla of ships is going to depart the Gaza Strip, in breaking the siege imposed by Israeli occupation forces for over eleven years, which led to a dire and unlivable situation in the coastal enclave. In a press conference […]

23 May

Gaza Freedom Flotilla Boat Boarded & Searched by German Coast Guard

from Freedom Flotilla Coalition: Just before noon local time (May 23,2018), the Freedom Flotilla vessel Al Awda (The Return) was boarded by the German Coast Guard, at the orders of the German Ministry of Interior. They collected all the passports on board, wrote down everyone’s personal data, searched the vessel thoroughly, asked […]

22 May

Freedom Flotilla Sets Sail for Gaza after The Great March of Return

Activists Yudit Ilany and Heather Milton-Lightening explain why Israel’s blockade of Gaza must end. TRNN video & transcript: DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News Network from Montreal, Canada. The Gaza Strip is home to approximately two million Palestinians, one half of whom are children. In 2007, […]

09 Mar

Freedom Flotilla Coalition: Women’s Boat to Gaza to Sail in September

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) has chosen March 8th, which marks International Women’s Day (IWD), to announce the launch of their Women’s Boat to Gaza (WBG) project.The Women’s Boat to Gaza will set sail mid-September of this year, and plans to dock at a number of Mediterranean ports along its […]

28 Jun

Freedom Flotilla III en route to Gaza; military plane spotted overhead

June 28, 2015 7:35 AM Celine Hagbard Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

On June 26th 2015, four boats of the 2015 the Freedom Flotilla III set sail toward Gaza to try to break Israel’s nine-year-long economic siege on Gaza. The ships are planning to sail from international waters directly into Palestinian waters, with no Israeli involvement. But just hours after setting sail, […]

11 Jun

Freedom Flotilla: ‘This time we will reach Gaza’

This summer, Swedish seaman Joel Opperdoes, 32, is not piloting cargo ships in the Baltic Sea.This summer, Swedish seaman Joel Opperdoes, 32, is not piloting cargo ships in the Baltic Sea. Instead, he is the sailing across Europe with five permanent crew members on a fishing trawler named Marianne. Their […]

01 May

Freedom Flotilla to Regroup in 2015, Former Tunisian President Affirms Onboard Presence

Representatives of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) and partner organizations traveled to Tunis last week, where they participated in the World Social Forum. During the WSF they met with several Palestinian and Tunisian civil society organizations.FFC representatives were also received by Dr. Moncef Marzouki, former President of Tunisia and renowned […]

02 Apr

The Freedom Flotilla is Back!

Former Tunisian President Marzouki will participate in the initiative to break the siege on the Palestinian enclave. It’s the third time since 2010, when the Israeli navy stopped the fleet with a raid in which nine activists were killed.PNN reports that a new Freedom Flotilla is ready to sail for […]

13 May

Freedom Flotilla Update: ‘We Will Sail in the Fall!’

Following is a statement by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition regarding the April 29th attack on Gaza’s Ark. Statement from the Freedom Flotilla Coalition regarding the attack on Gaza’s Ark, for immediate release. London, May 12, 2014 The Freedom Flotilla Coalition met in London over the last two days to discuss […]

19 Jul

Spanish Ship from Freedom Flotilla Leaves Greece And Departs To Spain

The Spanish ship, the Gernika, part of the Second Freedom Flotilla, that has remained at Port Kolymvari for two weeks, has finally been authorized by Greek Authorities to set sail back to Spain but is not authorized to set sail to Gaza.Spanish activist, Miguel Tapial, on board the Gernika said, […]

17 Jul

Undeterred, two Freedom Flotilla ships head to Egypt

After weeks of threats by the Israeli and US governments, sabotage by unknown parties, and a public relations campaign by the Israeli government aimed at discrediting the Freedom Flotilla in the international media, the peace activists with the Freedom Flotilla to break the siege on the Gaza Strip say they […]

03 Jul

200 additional activists may join Freedom Flotilla

A Jordanian union leader told Agence France Presse that a boat has been purchased for $800,000 in Greece to carry construction materials, medical supplies, and 200 additional passengers to join the Gaza Freedom Flotilla of ten ships and several hundred passengers from 20 countries. The Flotilla, which was scheduled to […]

02 Jul

Freedom Flotilla activists: “Gaza blockade has been extended to Greece”

With the US boat escorted by military commandos back to a Greek port, the Canadian boat boarded by Greek police, and two other Flotilla boats sabotaged by unknown professional divers, peace activists with the humanitarian aid ‘Freedom Flotilla’ aimed at breaking the siege on Gaza claim that the siege has […]

30 Jun

Israel Simulates Attack On Freedom Flotilla

Israeli sources reported that the army, a number of Israeli security officials and politicians, conducted on Tuesday a drill simulating the interception of the Freedom Flotilla 2, that will be heading to Gaza to deliver medical and humanitarian supplies.The drill started in a special operations room designed for this purpose, […]

30 Jun

Fake video accusing ‘Freedom Flotilla’ of bias published from Israeli PM’s Office

As the ‘Freedom Flotilla’ of aid ships to Gaza prepares to depart this week, a video published on Youtube accusing the Flotilla organizers of homophobic bias, which was immediately disseminated by the Israeli Government Press Office and Agencies, turned out to be a fabrication published by an intern in the […]

29 Jun

First Ships Of Freedom Flotilla 2 Set Sail

The first of the Freedom Flotilla 2 ships have set sail for the rendezvous point in the Mediterranean Sea, where it will meet the rest of the ships participating in the flotilla, according to Haaretz. It is unclear when they will meet up with the other participating ships including the […]

29 Jun

One of ‘Freedom Flotilla’ ships found sabotaged in Greek port

A ship known as the ‘Juliano’ (after assassinated activist Juliano Mer-Khamis) was found sabotaged on Monday evening, as it was being prepared for departure on the ‘Freedom Flotilla II’ of ten boats and 500 activists to Gaza this week.The crew of the ship discovered that unknown persons had damaged the […]

28 Jun

Netanyahu reverses announcement to bar Journalists on Freedom Flotilla 2

June 28, 2011 9:29 PM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

Monday June 27, Benjamin Netanyahu reversed the announcement made by the GPO that would have barred foreign journalists on board the Freedom Flotilla 2 entry into Israel for up to ten years.According to Haaretz, Netanyahu’s bureau issued a press statement “that the regular policy against infiltrators and those who enter […]

28 Jun

Israel Claims Freedom Flotilla Activists Prepare For Violence

June 28, 2011 7:21 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli military sources claimed that international activists participating in the Freedom Flotilla 2, heading to Gaza to deliver the much needed medical and humanitarian supplies, are preparing for violent clashes with the Israeli navy, and “are even planning to shed the blood of Israeli soldiers”, according to the army.According to […]

27 Jun

Israel: “Journalists Onboard Freedom Flotilla Will Not Be Allowed Into Israel”

In another escalation against the Freedom Flotilla, heading to deliver humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip, the Israeli government stated Sunday that journalists, who are onboard the Freedom Flotilla 2 will be denied entry into Israel up to ten years.Israeli paper, Maariv, reported Sunday that the Israeli Government Press Office […]

23 Jun

‘Freedom Flotilla 2’ prepares to sail to Gaza in next few days

While Israeli and US officials have worked to dissuade the Freedom Flotilla from setting sail to Gaza next week, the flotilla participants have vowed to go ahead with their plan to bring aid and support to the people of the Gaza Strip, who remain under an Israeli-imposed siege that began […]

23 Jun

US Jews comprise one-fourth of US Freedom Flotilla contingent

Jewish activists from the US, outraged at the siege of Gaza carried out by the Israeli government in their name, have been among the key organizers of the upcoming humanitarian aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip, and make up around 25% of the participants in the US contingent.Hedy Hepstein, a […]

20 Jun

Malaysian, French ships join ‘Freedom Flotilla’ to Gaza

The Prime Minister of Malaysia voiced his support for the upcoming ‘Freedom Flotilla’ of aid ships and 500 supporters from around the world who plan to enter Gaza by sea on June 27th. A ship from Malaysia joins two new French ships added to the roster of a dozen ships […]

20 Jun

Israel Claims Freedom Flotilla Aims At Confrontation With the Army

Head of the Israeli Navy, Eliezer Marom, voiced on Sunday a strict warning targeting the organizers of the Freedom Flotilla, dubbed in his speech as the “Hate Flotilla” that will be heading to the besieged Gaza Strip later this month to deliver humanitarian supplies. Flotilla organizers affirmed the peaceful nature […]

18 Jun

Activism News Interview: Alice Walker on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and the struggle for justice

June 18, 2011 12:10 PM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, Interview 0

Celebrated American author and poet Alice Walker will later this month be among 38 people aboard the Audacity of Hope, the ship sponsored by US Boat to Gaza as part of an international effort to break Israel’s maritime siege of Gaza. In a conversation with Ali Abunimah, Walker speaks about […]

18 Jun

IHH Pulls Out Of ‘Freedom Flotilla 2’ due to technical problems

June 18, 2011 12:00 AM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

The Turkish Organisation IHH has said that its ship, the Mavi Marmara, will not be taking part in the upcoming Freedom Flotilla 2 because of technical problems with its ship. The Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) has said it will not be participating in the upcoming “Freedom Flotilla 2” due […]

17 Jun

Freedom Flotilla 2 To Sail Irrespective Of IHH Participation, Claims Organisers

June 17, 2011 12:36 AM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

The organizers of the “Freedom Flotilla 2” have said they intend to sail irrespective of Turkish organization IHH’s participation, according to Haaretz.Organizers of the upcoming “Freedom Flotilla 2” due to sail on the 22nd of June in an effort to break Israel’s siege of Gaza have said they will sail […]

15 Jun

Turkish Group Reconsiders Its Role In Freedom Flotilla 2

The Turkish organisation IHH has said it is reconsidering its participation in the planned “Freedom Flotilla 2” set to sail for Gaza on June 27th. The group has sighted recent developments in Syria as well as the easing of restrictions on goods going into Gaza from the Rafah Gaza-Egypt border […]

15 Jun

Israel Readies To Attack Freedom Flotilla 2

June 15, 2011 7:57 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli media sources reported Wednesday that the Israeli army and the navy are intensifying their training and preparing plans to intercept and attack the Freedom Flotilla 2 should it try to reach the Gaza Coast to deliver humanitarian supplies. The Israeli Radio stated that the army in determined to stop […]

01 Jun

Israel Says It Will Prevent ‘freedom Flotilla 2’ From Reaching Gaza

Israel has confirmed it will block the next “Freedom Flotilla” seeking to break the maritime siege of Gaza. The flotilla is due to sail in June. The Israeli Navy has said it has learnt lessons from last year’s freedom flotilla incident in which 9 civilians were killed when Israeli commandos […]

28 May

Ban Ki-moon Calls For Obstructing Freedom Flotilla Heading To Gaza

United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, called on Middle Eastern countries to prevent the new Freedom Flotilla from heading to the Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian supplies next month.Ban Ki-moon sent letters to several leaders telling them that supplies must be transferred to the Gaza Strip through what he called […]

27 May

Second Freedom Flotilla To Set Sail in June

May 27, 2011 11:12 PM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The international Gaza aid flotilla that was at the centre of an international Israeli diplomatic crisis last year is due to set sail again for Gaza in the coming months. The aid flotilla will set sail from Cyprus in the third week of June, according to YNet. Organiser’s claim it […]

12 Jan

Freedom Flotilla 2 To Sail To Gaza By The End Of May

January 12, 2011 10:48 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

The Turkish Humanitarian Foundation (IHH) that led the Freedom Flotilla that was attacked by the Israeli army in international waters last year, announced that Freedom Flotilla 2 will be sailing to the Gaza Strip by the end of May this year. In late May of 2010, the Israeli army attacked […]

14 Dec

Freedom Flotilla 2 To Sail To Gaza Next Spring

December 14, 2010 9:54 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

Freedom Flotilla 2 solidarity ships will be sailing to the Gaza Strip next spring in order to challenge Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip by delivering much needed humanitarian and medical supplies. Flotilla organizers said that the deadly Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla on May 31 that left nine […]

24 Jul

Israel To Release Freedom Flotilla Ships

July 24, 2010 2:57 AM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

After a number of Turkish requests for a return of the ships used in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Israel has agreed to comply.Israel will release the three Turkish ships carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza and which were subsequently attacked by the Israeli navy who murdered nine people. Ever since the […]

14 Jul

Germany Bans Group Behind Gaza Freedom Flotilla

July 14, 2010 12:02 AM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

Germany’s interior minister says that any group not recognizing Israel will lose their right to exist politically in the country.The group, the International Humanitarian Relief Organization, or IHH, has been banned on the accusation that it collects donations to fund Hamas’s welfare programs. The Interior Minister said that IHH tricked […]

17 Jun

Freedom Flotilla 2 To Sail In Mid-July

June 17, 2010 12:00 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

The Freedom Flotilla 2 carrying humanitarian supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip will be sailing to Gaza in mid-July 2010. All arrangements have been concluded and several ships are now ready to sail from Europe to the Gaza Strip. Mazin Kaheel, member of the European Campaign Against the Siege, stated […]

10 Jun

50 Ships To Join Second Freedom Flotilla

Yasser Qashlaq, the head of the Free Palestine Movement, announced Thursday that Freedom Flotilla 2 could include up to 50 ships.Qashlaq said that a ship organized by Journalists Without Borders will depart from Lebanon to Gaza within a week. There will be journalists, members of the Free Palestine Movement, and […]

04 Jun

Obama Attempts to Justify Israel’s Attack On Freedom Flotilla

United States President, Barack Obama, attempted to justify Israel’s deadly attack on the Freedom Flotilla, described it as tragic, yet stated that Israel has “legitimate concerns regarding the Gaza Strip run by Hamas.”In an Interview with CNN America, Obama stated that Israel is conducting what he described as “objective investigation” […]

03 Jun

Arab MK Receives Death Threats for Participation in Freedom Flotilla

June 3, 2010 9:59 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

Arab Member of Knesset Hanin Zo’by was given a security detail after she received several death threats for her participation in the Freedom Flotilla, the convoy of aid ships that was raided Monday by Israeli forces before it could reach Gaza.The office of Zo’by stated that she received dozens of […]

03 Jun

Freedom Flotilla Activists To Receive Palestinian Citizenship

June 3, 2010 12:55 AM George Rishmawi Bethlehem, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that, in appreciation of their efforts, all those who were aboard the Freedom Flotilla or helped organize it will be granted honorary Palestinian citizenship.The Palestinian President’s comments came in the opening ceremony of the second International Investment Conference in Bethlehem on Wednesday. In his speech, […]

02 Jun

ECESG: “We Have Donations To Prepare First Three Ships of Freedom Flotilla 2”

June 2, 2010 7:48 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG) reported that it has enough donations to prepare the first three solidarity ships of ‘Freedom Flotilla 2,’ a second humanitarian convoy for Gaza in the spirit of the flotilla that was raided and seized by Israel on Monday.Preparations are already […]

01 Jun

Protests around the world in response to Israeli attack on Freedom Flotilla

Hundreds of protests were organized Monday calling on the world’s governments to hold Israel accountable for its unprovoked attack on the humanitarian convoy attempting to saild to Gaza.10,000 people gathered in Istanbul and tried to storm the Israeli consulate. Turkish protesters say they believe that most of the killed are […]

31 May

Nineteen Activists Killed In Israeli Attack On Freedom Flotilla

May 31, 2010 11:53 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

19 activists were killed in the attack and dozens were wounded, Israeli news agencies reported.Among the wounded was Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, who suffered serious wounds. Other notable casualties were the leader of the Lebanese delegation, Hani Suleiman, the Captain of the […]

31 May

15 Killed And 30 Wounded After Israeli Navy Attacks Freedom Flotilla

May 31, 2010 9:00 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

In what activists are calling a ‘massacre on the high seas,’ Israeli commandos assaulted a ship sailing with the humanitarian Freedom Flotilla bound for Gaza. The Israeli commandos roped from a helicopter onto the ship and began shooting, reported Israeli news agencies, leaving 15 dead and at least 30 wounded.Senior […]

31 May

Communication Lost With Freedom Flotilla

May 31, 2010 2:58 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The Israeli Navy has scrambled all communications with the Freedom Flotilla, a convoy carrying hundreds of peace activists and tons of humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip.Al-Jazeera reporter said that the captain of one of the ships was seriously wounded after the navy violently attacked the ship, and even refused […]

29 May

Under Israeli Threats, Freedom Flotilla Prepares To Sail To Gaza

The Freedom Flotilla started gathering in international waters near the coast in Cyprus in preparation to sail to the Gaza Strip while Israel continued its threats to intercept and even attack the flotilla and arrest the participants should they decide to reach the Gaza coast. Meanwhile, the authorities in Cyprus […]

29 May

Lieberman: “Freedom Flotilla, Violent”

Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, stated Friday afternoon that the solidarity ships, filled with medical and humanitarian supplies, and heading to Gaza, is a “violent propaganda against Israel”, and vowed not to allow the ship to reach Gaza. He said that Israel will stop all attempts to break the siege, […]

26 May

Turkey Demands that Israel Not Intercept Freedom Flotilla

The Turkish government officially demanded that Israel not intercept or obstruct the Freedom Flotilla, a convoy of ships attempting to bring humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip. Turkey is requesting that Israel stop its threats against the Flotilla and the activists on board. Turkey is one of the nations most […]

26 May

11 Swedish citizens aboard the Freedom Flotilla

The Ship to Gaza and Freedom Flotilla, currently on its way to Gaza across Mediterranean, are carrying 11 Swedish citizens. Among these are members of parliament, activists, medical doctors and intellectuals.The Swedish passengers are: – Ulf Carmesund, theologian and international secretary for Christian Social Democrats of Sweden. – Mehmet Kaplan, […]

25 May

Abu Zurhi: “Threats Against Freedom Flotilla, State Terrorism”

Hamas spokesman Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri stated that he is sure the Freedom Flotilla, a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian support and international and Arab activists to the Gaza Strip, will reach its destination, adding that Israel’s threats against the Flotilla are clear instances of “State Terrorism.”Abu Zuhri said that […]

24 May

Gaza Prepares For Freedom Flotilla

Residents of the Gaza Strip and several humanitarian institutions are preparing to receive the “The Freedom Flotilla,” the largest convoy of solidarity ships yet, expected to arrive by Friday. Israel is threatening to intercept the convoy and prevent it, by any means, from reaching Gaza. Last year, Israel prevented several […]

21 May

Fundamentalists In Israel To Counter Freedom Flotilla

Israeli sources reported that two Israeli boats will be sailing Saturday from northern Israel in order to counter the Freedom Flotilla bringing 600 peace activists and humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip. Israeli Yedioth Aharonoth reported that the two Israeli vessels will sail waving banner labeling Hamas as a […]

23 Jun

Flotilla Coalition: Women’s Boat to Gaza Presented at the European Parliament

The Women’s Boat to Gaza, a campaign of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition conducted its meetings, over the past weekend, to discuss and further plans to set sail towards Gaza in mid-September, with all women delegates and crew. In doing so, we raise the issue of the ongoing illegal blockade of […]

13 Jan

Israel Sued in US over Flotilla Attacks

Four people, including three Americans, have filed a civil suit against the state of Israel, seeking compensatory damages for injuries suffered during an attack aboard a U.S. ship in international waters during the year 2010.At a Washington press conference, Tuesday, the plaintiffs said they wanted compensation for ‘the harm and […]

26 Jun

Activist Says Flotilla Ship Was Sabotaged

Dror Feiler, an Israeli-born Swedish activist who renounced his Israel Citizenship more than 30 years ago, stated that somebody with the needed knowledge, sabotaged the Marianne Ship, of the Freedom Flotilla, heading to Gaza.Feiler told the ash-Shams radio station that somebody, likely acting on Israel’s behalf, went deep under water […]

26 Jun

New Flotilla Heading to Gaza Soon, Israel Renews Threats

One of the organizers of Freedom Flotilla III trip, Dror Feiler, said on Wednesday that Marianne of Gothenburg is about to set off to Gaza within hours. In response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry warned that it will prevent the boat from reaching its destination and break the siege.Israeli Foreign Ministry […]

24 Jun

Knesset Debate: Lawmaker to Join Gaza Flotilla

June 24, 2015 12:59 PM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

The Knesset is currently holding a ‘heated debate’ on whether or not to rescind the diplomatic immunity of MK Basel Ghattas of the Joint List party, after he announced on Monday his intention to join the international Freedom Flotilla in its attempt to break the Israeli siege of Gaza.Ghattas has […]

01 Jun

Activists Mark 5th Year since Israeli Flotilla Raid

Activists in Gaza City on Sunday marked five years since Israel’s deadly attack on the first Freedom Flotilla in 2010, a day after the ship leading Freedom Flotilla III arrived in the port of Bueu in Spain en route to Gaza.Israeli naval forces killed nine activists On May 31, 2010 […]

10 Jul

Activists to launch flotilla from Gaza to Europe in defiance of illegal Israeli-imposed blockage

Canadian, European, and Palestinian activists plan to launch a flotilla – dubbed “Gaza’s Ark” – from Gaza to Europe carrying produce and textiles, with the goal of raising awareness of the strife caused by Israel’s illegal blockade of the territory. Charlie Anderson, a Swedish activist in Gaza, said that a […]

09 Nov

Israel Deports Democracy Now! Correspondent Jihan Hafiz; Most Gaza Flotilla Activists Still Detained

November 9, 2011 4:43 AM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

Guest: Jihan Hafiz, Democracy Now! correspondent who has just returned to the U.S. after being arrested, detained and deported by Israel for covering the ‘Freedom Waves to Gaza’ flotilla. AMY GOODMAN: The Israeli government continues to detain most of the passengers seized in international waters Friday while trying to challenge […]

07 Nov

Flotilla Passengers Accuse Israel Of Unnecessary Violence And Endangerment During Raid

November 7, 2011 1:39 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

Twenty-one passengers of the two aid ships remain in Israeli prison; three days after Israeli forces intercepted the ships in international waters. The passengers were unlawfully arrested, and the ships were confiscated, along with all the humanitarian aid. Passengers say they were: hit, pushed, choked and hosed down by the […]

04 Nov

Gaza Flotilla Supporters Rally As Boats Continue Toward Coast

November 4, 2011 3:07 AM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

Hundreds of people gathered in Gaza City Thursday to protest the Israeli government’s announcement that it will stop the two humanitarian aid boats currently en route to Gaza.As of Thursday night at 10 pm, the boats have announced that they are within 200 kilometers of the Gaza Coast. Previous attempts […]

28 Jul

Israel To Apologize For “Mistakes” During Flotilla Attack

The Israeli Ministerial Cabinet discussed on Wednesday the current crisis with Turkey that resulted after Israel attacked the Turkish solidarity Ship of the Freedom Flotilla last year, killing nine Turkish activists, and decided to apologize for what was described as “mistakes that took place during the attack,” but will not […]

19 Jul

Israeli Knesset member stripped of rights for participating in 2010 flotilla

July 19, 2011 6:28 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Palestinian-Israeli Member of the Knesset (Parliament) Hanin Zoabi has been stripped of her rights as a Parliamentarian, and will be prevented from addressing the Knesset and participating in votes until the end of the current legislative session.A ruling made by the Ethics Committee of the Knesset on Monday stripped Zoabi […]

19 Jul

French flotilla ship nears Gaza

The one ship from the Freedom Flotilla that managed to elude a blockade by the Greek government is nearing the territorial waters of the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break the Israeli-imposed naval blockade and to bring a message of ‘peace, hope and solidarity’ to the people of Gaza.Israeli […]

08 Jul

UN Rapporteur Slams UN Report Backing Israeli Raid On Flotilla

Olivier De Schutter, Special United Nations Rapporteur on the Right to Food, voiced strong criticism of a highly anticipated UN report that is said to back Israel’s attack against the Freedom Flotilla that was heading to Gaza to deliver food and medical supplies last year, leading to the death of […]

07 Jul

Spanish flotilla activists occupy embassy in Greece

A group of Spanish activists have occupied their country’s embassy in Greece, calling for the release of an aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip.The Greek government decided last week to prevent the departure of a flotilla of ten ships and 500 activists to the Gaza Strip, after diplomatic pressure by […]

07 Jul

Israeli Human Rights Org’s Express Support For Flotilla

A group of Israeli human rights organisations have signed a letter supporting the Freedom Flotilla 2 and calling on the Greek and Israeli governments to allow it safe passage to Gaza. The letter has been signed by prominent organisations such as Rabbis for Human Rights, Gush Shalom, the Israeli Committe […]

04 Jul

US Flotilla Passengers Stage Hunger Strike Outside US Embassy In Athens

Activists set to sail to Gaza as part of the Freedom Flotilla 2 movement, but prevented by the Greek navy and coastguard, have begun a hunger strike outside the US embassy in Athens. The activists are calling on the US government to pressure Greece to release the detained US ship’s […]

02 Jul

Greek cabinet votes to stop Flotilla as US Boat to Gaza forced back to port

After having been delayed a week from the original departure date, facing sabotage of two boats and a complaint against the US Boat by the Israel Law Center that activists say was politically-motivated, the US Boat to Gaza decided Friday to challenge the Greek government’s forced delay of the Flotilla […]

30 Jun

Flotilla activists say Irish boat sabotaged in same way Norwegian boat was damaged

According to activists on the Freedom Flotilla of aid ships to Gaza, a second boat has been severely damaged by unknown saboteurs who dove under the boat to damage the propeller shaft. The boat’s captain said that the way the boat was sabotaged was extremely dangerous, as it would have […]

28 Jun

Flotilla Organisers: Participants Have Signed Declarations Of Non Violence

Organisers of the Freedom Flotilla 2 have refuted claims made by the Israeli military on Monday that participants in the flotilla plan to use violence in resisting Israeli military plans to board the vessels. The organisers say that the passengers of the flotilla, due to leave this week, have signed […]

28 Jun

German activists hold ‘solidarity flotilla’ in Berlin canals

As the ‘Freedom Flotilla II: Stay Human’ prepares to sail to Gaza with ten ships and 500 supporters from 20 countries on Tuesday, supporters from around the world have launched various actions in solidarity. At one such action, in Germany, several dozen activists sailed down Berlin’s canals with banner-covered boats, […]

27 Jun

Israel: Flotilla will be prevented from reaching Gaza

June 27, 2011 9:43 PM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

Israel has declared that the Freedom Flotilla 2 will not be allowed to enter into the besieged Gaza Strip by sea. Israeli and Egyptian officials have agreed that the Flotilla will be allowed to unload its cargo at the Egyptian port El-Arish, where the humanitarian goods will be transferred by […]

27 Jun

US government threatens to arrest US flotilla participants

As 38 US citizens prepare to join hundreds of others from around the world on a humanitarian aid mission to the Gaza Strip, the US State Department issued a statement that their participation in the ‘Freedom Flotilla’ of aid ships could be a violation of US law, and threatened to […]

03 Jun

US Issues Official Statement Against Gaza-bound Flotilla

The US State Department issued an official statement reiterating its objection to the Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla, and stating that it raised the issue with the government of Turkey, as the United States believes that flotilla and any ship sailing to Gaza “would be regarded as an act of provocation”.The State […]

26 May

CCR Launches Lawsuit In Connection With Last Year’s Raid of Flotilla Bound to Gaza

New York – PNN – Nearly one year after Israeli commandos stormed an aide flotilla that was in international waters and bound for Gaza, The CCR, the Center for Constitutional Rights has launched a Freedom of Information lawsuit. The lawsuit was launched in order to try and gain access to […]

27 Apr

Turkey Warns Israel Against Attacking Upcoming Solidarity Flotilla

April 27, 2011 7:08 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

As peace activists and human rights groups prepare for sailing to Gaza next month, Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, warned Israel against a new attack against the flotilla, similar to its attack against the Freedom Flotilla in International Waters killing nine Turkish activist and wounding dozens before towing the ship […]

18 Apr

Mother Of Slain Italian Activist To Sail To Gaza, Flotilla Change Name In Honor Of Vittorio

April 18, 2011 9:55 PM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

Agidea Prata, the mother of Vittorio Arrigoni, the Italian activist and journalist killed in Gaza on Friday, said that she will be sailing to Gaza on May with the Free Gaza flotilla.Prata on Saturday told Italian news sources that “I want to see Gaza that my son loved and sacrificed […]

12 Apr

Netanyahu: “Gaza Flotilla, A Provocation”

April 12, 2011 1:29 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, claimed Monday that the Freedom Flotilla solidarity ships, planning to send aid and humanitarians supplies to the Gaza Strip, are a provocation that must be stopped.During a meeting with European Union ambassadors, Netanyahu claimed that the flotilla planned for May is a “provocative voyage meant […]

22 Mar

Israel To Launch A Campaign Against New Flotilla Heading To Gaza

March 22, 2011 7:06 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

As the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) and a number of European solidarity groups declared intentions to send a relief flotilla to the besieged Gaza Strip this coming May, Israel will be declaring a campaign on Tuesday to counter the flotilla.May marks one year after the Israeli Navy and army […]

14 Dec

Netanyahu: “Israel Does Not Intend To Compensate Families Of Flotilla Victims”

December 14, 2010 11:20 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, denied reports stating that Israel intends to pay compensation to the families of the nine Turkish peace activists who were killed when the Israeli army attacked the Turkish Mavi Marmara solidarity ship that was heading to Gaza to deliver humanitarian supplies. During the attack that […]

30 Sep

Human Rights Council Endorses Flotilla Probe Report

The United National Human Rights Council endorsed on Wednesday the conclusions of the report that was released earlier this month stating that Israel violated the international law when its army attacked the Mavi Marmara solidarity ship heading to Gaza; nine activists were killed and several others were wounded.The resolution passed […]

03 Aug

Israel agrees to UN probe of Flotilla attack

August 3, 2010 2:06 AM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

Israel’s cabinet agreed on being a part of the UN committee investigation into the May 31 attack on the Mavi Marmara.The top seven ministers in Israel’s cabinet decided that it should participate in the international organization’s probe into the attacks on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla at the end of this […]

25 Jul

A Un Fact-finding Mission To Probe Flotilla Attack

July 25, 2010 1:26 AM George Rishmawi Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The United Nations Human Rights Council appointed a team to probe the deadly Israeli attack against the Freedom Flotilla on May 31, which claimed the lives of 9 passengers and wounded dozens.President of the UNHRC, Sihasak Phuangketkeow of Thailand, appointed three international experts to serve on a fact-finding mission, which […]

14 Jul

Knesset Revokes Privileges of Arab MK Over Participation In Gaza Flotilla

July 14, 2010 1:06 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The Israeli Knesset held a vote that led to revoking the parliamentary privileges of Arab Member of Knesset, Hanin Zoabi, as a punishment for her participation in the Freedom Flotilla that was heading to Gaza to deliver humanitarian supplies. 34 members of Knesset voted for stripping the Arab MK of […]

30 Jun

Commission Head Requests Increased Powers in Flotilla Probe

June 30, 2010 10:44 PM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli daily, Haaretz, is reporting that Israel will impart the commission to investigate the massacre aboard the MV Mavi Marmara with greater authority, yet it still will not be allowed to question the soldiers involved.Ya’akov Turkel, the former Israeli Supreme Court justice that heads the probe, informed the Israeli government […]

24 Jun

FGM Collecting Evidence, Testimonies To Sue Israeli Over Flotilla Attack

Members of the Free Gaza Movement are collecting testimonies and evidence by contacting activists who were onboard the Turkish ship that was attacked by the Israeli military while heading to Gaza as part of the Freedom Flotilla humanitarian aid convoy.Member of Free Gaza Movement, Audrey Bomse, stated that testimonies were […]

24 Jun

Exclusive: Leaked documents show PA undermined Turkey’s push for UN flotilla probe

A document sent to Ibrahim Khraishi, Palestinian Authority representative at the UN in Geneva, proves that the PA attempted to undermine Turkey’s push for a UN Human Rights Council investigation in to Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla (Patrick Bertschmann/UN Photo) The Palestinian Authority attempted to neutralize a United […]

22 Jun

U.N. Human Rights Council Approves International Committee To Probe Flotilla Attack

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted for forming an international committee to probe the deadly Israeli attack against the Freedom Flotilla on May 31, leading to dozens of casualties among human rights activists. Israel is demanding the shelving of the investigation.The Mavi Marmara was attacked by Israeli commandos along […]

15 Jun

Gush Shalom Slams Decision To Hold An Israeli Probe Into Flotilla Attack

June 15, 2010 2:34 AM George Rishmawi Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

‘This is a cover-up commission, toothless and powerless. Even had it wanted to, it can’t probe the real issues. International friends of Dore Gold won’t bite’ This was the first statement of a press release published by the Israeli peace movement, Gush Shalom on Monday.The press release comes in response […]

13 Jun

Barak Cancels Trip to France after Threat of Lawsuit over Flotilla Raid

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak canceled a trip to an arms trading fair in France after French passengers of the Freedom Flotilla attacked two weeks ago said they plan to file a lawsuit against the state of Israel for war crimes.The French humanitarian aid activists said they will file the […]

08 Jun

Lawsuit Filed Against Israel for Flotilla Attack

Lillian Glock, a French lawyer, has filed two lawsuits against the State of Israel on the grounds of kidnapping and detention without reason.Glock, who works on behalf of the Committee of Charity and Relief for Palestinians, a French charity, has filed one suit in Marseille and another in Ivory, the […]

08 Jun

Israeli Army Chief of Staff Selects General for Flotilla Investigation

June 8, 2010 8:58 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli Army Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi appointed Major General Giora Eiland to lead the investigation into the Freedom Flotilla raid and to “draw lessons” from the botched operation. The decision appears to concede to Us President Barak Obama’s request that the investigation committee include an American observer, who would […]

08 Jun

Turkey Calls for International Investigation of Flotilla Raid

In a joint press conference with Syrian President Bashar al Assad, Turkish Prime Minister Receb Tayyip Erdogan stated that Turkey will not be silent regarding Israel’s deadly raid on Freedom Flotilla, and reiterated his call for an international investigation and a fact-finding committee. He said that “those who committed this […]

07 Jun

Knesset Revokes Privileges of MK Zo’by for Flotilla Participation

June 7, 2010 8:40 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

The Israeli Knesset house committee decided to revoke three key parliamentarian privileges of MK Zo’by for being part of the Freedom Flotilla that was carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. The decision was passed by a majority of seven to one, with MK Ilan Gilon of Meretz opposing. One is the […]

07 Jun

Flotilla Organizers: Israel Fakes Radio Conversation To Depict Flotilla Passengers As Anti-semites

The Israeli army published a Youtube video on Saturday that includes a radio conversation Israel says it happened between the Marmara passengers and the Israeli navy prior to the attack on the boat.The following is a transcript of the alleged audio: ISRAELI SHIP ‘This is the Israeli Navy, you are […]