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  • Flotilla organizers accusing Israel of sabotaging second ship

    June 30, 2011 | 8:55 am

    Organizers of the Gaza-bound flotilla accused Israel of sabotaging a second ship, though they have no proof of this claim.

    The engine of the Irish-flagged ship “Saoirse” was seriously damaged Wednesday while docked in Turkey’s territorial waters, Haaretz reporter Amira Hass, who is...

  • Gaza flotilla sails on despite technical difficulties

    June 29, 2011 | 5:22 pm

    Hundreds of participants in the flotilla to the Gaza Strip have been forced to cool their heels at ports around Greece and in other countries, in a war of attrition of sorts that is playing itself out on several fronts.

    The delay in the flotilla’s departure has created financial...

  • Groups concerned about potential for flotilla violence

    June 29, 2011 | 12:12 pm

    J Street and Americans for Peace Now are expressing concerns about the possibility of violence between Israel and the latest Gaza flotilla.

    In separate statements, the two liberal groups said the flotilla, which is scheduled to reach the Gaza Strip this week, is a provocation for...

  • An Irish view of Gaza

    June 28, 2011 | 8:21 pm

    What is it about Israel that prompts such a widespread departure from common sense, reason and moral reality? As another insane flotilla prepares to butt across the Mediterranean bringing “aid” to the “beleaguered” people of Gaza, in its midst traveling the Irish MV Saoirse,...

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  • Activists, Israeli Navy prepare for flotilla bound for Gaza

    June 28, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Israel’s Navy is preparing to intercept the pro-Palestinian flotilla due to set sail for the Gaza Strip from Mediterranean ports later this week.

    Commandos from the Israeli Navy’s elite Shayetet 13 unit have spent weeks preparing to stop the flotilla from reaching Gaza, including...

  • Reps urge Clinton to protect U.S. citizens on Gaza flotilla

    June 27, 2011 | 5:53 pm

    Six Democratic lawmakers urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ensure the safety of the American citizens who join the Gaza flotilla.

    U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), William Clay (D-Mo.), Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.) and...

  • Israel threatens journalists who participate in Gaza flotilla

    June 27, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Journalists who participate in the flotilla to Gaza could face sanctions, including a ban from Israel for 10 years.

    The head of Israel’s Government Press Office threatened the ban in a letter sent Sunday to Israel-based foreign journalists.

    “As the Director of the Government Press...

  • Greece attempting to thwart Gaza flotilla

    June 23, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    The Greek government is trying to stop its citizens from joining an international flotilla that will try to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    Greece, which has growing ties with Israel, said in a statement from its Foreign Ministry that while it is against the...

  • U.S. citizens leave for Gaza flotilla

    June 21, 2011 | 10:11 am

    A group of Americans have left for Athens to join a flotilla of ships planning to challenge Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    The 36 American participants, as well as four crew members and nine journalists, are planning to sail on the American-flagged boat The Audacity of...

  • Mavi Marmara won’t sail in next Gaza flotilla

    June 17, 2011 | 10:40 am

    The Turkish ship that was the scene of bloodshed during a 2010 Israeli raid will not be sailing in a planned flotilla to Gaza.

    The Mavi Marmara will not participate in the flotilla aimed at breaking Israel’s sea blockade of the Hamas-controlled territory. IHH, the Turkish Islamic...

  • Turkey’s IHH may cancel Gaza flotilla participation

    June 15, 2011 | 10:45 am

    The Turkish organization in charge of a massive flotilla to Gaza may cancel its plans to set sail.

    The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation told Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper Wednesday that it is considering cancelling the plans due to the current unrest in the region, particularly in...

  • Lawsuit seeks to block Canadian ship in Gaza flotilla

    June 7, 2011 | 10:13 am

    A lawsuit filed in Toronto is seeking to block Canadian participation in the second international “Freedom Flotilla” to Gaza.

    Cherna Rosenberg, a 68-year-old citizen of both Canada and Israel, filed her case June 2 in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice inToronto against the...

  • Report: U.S. to offer Turkey major role in Mideast talks if it stops Gaza flotilla

    June 3, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    The U.S. government is considering to offer Turkey a deal in which Ankara would stop a second Gaza flotilla that is due to depart later this month in exchange for the opportunity to host an Israeli-Palestinian peace summit in Ankara, the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported...

  • U.S. tells Turkey of flotilla concerns

    June 3, 2011 | 10:28 am

    The Obama administration expressed to the Turkish government its concerns about the next Gaza aid flotilla.

    “We’ve been in consultation with the Turkish Government about this,” Mark Toner, the State Department spokesman, said on Wednesday. “We’ve shared our concerns.”

    Activists...

  • ‘Navy prepared to board flotilla ships if they don’t stop’

    May 31, 2011 | 8:03 am

    The Israel Navy is prepared to intercept and take control of the ships participating in the new flotilla to the Gaza Strip, a senior Navy officer said Tuesday on the anniversary of the IDF operation to stop the Mavi Marmara that ended in the death of nine Turkish nationals.

    “We will...

  • Canadian foreign minister urges against Gaza flotilla participation

    May 30, 2011 | 11:47 am

    Canada’s foreign minister has “strongly” urged against Canadian involvement in an international aid flotilla slated to leave for the Gaza Strip in late June.

    John Baird called the planned aid flotilla “provocative and, ultimately, unhelpful to the people of Gaza.”

    “I strongly urge...

  • Turkey FM: We can’t stop upcoming aid flotilla to Gaza

    May 30, 2011 | 11:34 am

    Democratic governments cannot stop their citizens launching another aid flotilla to Gaza, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Monday, a year after the storming of an aid ship by Israeli marines.

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments on Friday to discourage the activists...

  • Street smarts

    By Rob Eshman

    May 17, 2011 | 6:08 pm

    An organization of which I think very highly e-mailed a poorly worded headline this week.

    “Arab Mobs Attack Israel on All Fronts,” screamed the subject line of a May 15 e-mail alert from The Israel Project.

    The attached story reported how “tens of thousands of Arab protesters...

  • Congress members urge Turkey to prevent flotilla

    May 13, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    A bipartisan slate of U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers urged Turkey to do what it could to prevent another flotilla from reaching the Gaza Strip.

    The letter sent Wednesday to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and spearheaded by Reps. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and Tom Cole...

  • U.S. Congress members to Turkey’s Erdogan: Stop Gaza flotilla

    May 12, 2011 | 10:50 am

    Members of the U.S. Congress issued a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday in which they urge Turkey’s premier to stop the departure of another flotilla to the Gaza Strip.

    “We write today to express our serious concern over reports that the so-called...

  • Israel must explore all fronts to stop new flotilla, Netanyahu orders

    April 27, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Israel must continue diplomatic efforts to prevent a new Gaza flotilla, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu met Wednesday with his inner Cabinet, called the Forum of Seven, to discuss ways to thwart the new flotilla, which reportedly has been delayed until after June...

  • Israel: New Gaza flotilla has ties to Hamas, terrorist organizations

    April 21, 2011 | 12:11 pm

    Israel warned the United Nations Security Council on Thursday not to allow a new flotilla to sail to Gaza, saying that the flotilla organizers had “ties to Hamas and other terrorist organizations.”

    Another flotilla to Gaza is being planned for May, one year after Israel’s deadly...

  • Netanyahu to UN Chief: Upcoming Gaza flotilla must be stopped

    April 1, 2011 | 8:23 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Friday to stop the impending flotilla that is supposed to set sail to the Gaza Strip in May.

    The Israeli prime minister told the UN Chief that the flotilla is being organized by extreme Islamists that are...

  • Israel seizes ship carrying weapons for Gaza strip [VIDEO]

    March 15, 2011 | 10:07 am

    Israel’s Navy intercepted a ship bound for Egypt that the Israeli military said was smuggling weapons for use by terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.

    The Liberia-flagged cargo ship Victoria was seized Tuesday in the Mediterranean Sea 200 miles west of Israel.

    “The various...

  • Irish activists preparing Gaza-bound flotilla

    February 2, 2011 | 11:49 am

    Several Irish politicians and adventure travel writer Dervla Murphy will join a group of Irish anti-Israel activists on a boat bound for Gaza next month.

    The group, which is expected to sail for the Palestinian territory from an undisclosed Mediterranean port on March 30, will be...

  • Israeli commission’s flotilla report: Preaching to the choir?

    January 25, 2011 | 9:41 am

    The response was predictable when Israel released the findings of its commission of inquiry into the May 2009 Turkish flotilla incident: Israel’s defenders heralded it as absolving Israel of wrongdoing, Turkish critics of Israel dismissed it as not credible.

    Now the question is...

  • Gaza blockade legal, Israeli commission finds

    January 24, 2011 | 9:31 am

    The Israeli commission of inquiry into the Israeli Navy’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla found that the naval blockade of Gaza does not break international law.

    The Turkel Commission also found that Israeli soldiers acted in self-defense on board the Mavi Marmara, which...

  • Netanyahu: Israel will not apologize to Turkey

    December 28, 2010 | 9:54 am

    Israel will not apologize to Turkey for the interception of and loss of life on board a Gaza-bound ship.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview on national television Monday night that Israel would express regret, however.

    “We need to understand that they want an...

  • Turkey declares Israel ‘central threat’

    October 31, 2010 | 2:51 pm

    Israel is seen as “a central threat to Turkey” in a policy paper written by Turkey’s National Security Council.

    At the same time, the security council removed Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia, as well as Iran, from the list of countries that pose a threat to Turkey, according to...

  • Israeli soldier jailed for stealing from Marmara

    October 18, 2010 | 10:29 am

    An Israeli soldier who stole electronic equipment from an intercepted ship bound for Gaza was sentenced to jail.

    The soldier was sentenced under a plea bargain Monday by an Israeli military court to five months in jail. He also was fined and demoted for removing the items from the...

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