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Israel once again commits an act of state piracy in the Mediterranean

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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.

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  • De Winter Joris Maria August Isidoor | Jun 29, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    My encouraging for brave people for respecting International laws and humanitair values.

  • Martha Tjoe Nij | Jun 30, 2015 at 4:02 am

    ISRAEL is a terrorist state committing sow starvation genicide and in continued violation of international law. Shame shame on ISRAEL forever.

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  • Stanley Alfred Squires | Jun 30, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I am from Vancouver,canada and I supports the Freedom Flotilla lll on its mission to Gaza to break the inhuman blockade imposed by Israel.This blockade is barbaric and should be condemned by all civilized gov’ts in the world.The gov’ts of Canada and the USA should also be condemned for supporting Israeli war crimes and genocide in Gaza.These gov’ts are complicit in the death and destruction in Gaza by the Israeli gov’t.
    The Freedom Flotilla lll shows that the majority of people in the world supports the people of Gaza and are against the barbaric blockade of Gaza.The people on the Freedom Flotilla lll will continue this fight in support of the people of Gaza until the blockade is lifted.
    Israel should be charged at the ICC in the Hague with an act of Piracy against the Marianne.Piracy in the 21th century should be condemned by all gov’ts. and severely punished.Israel shouldn’t be recognized by any gov’ts until it stops its policy of piracy and war crimes against the People of Gaza and the rest of Palestine.

  • John McDermott | Jul 1, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Solidarity with the crew of the Marianne and all Palestinians.