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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Turkish authorities deny Israel damaged Iriish flotilla entry

Turkish authorities in the port of Göcek are denying a claim that Israelis sabotaged the Irish boat MV Saoirse (Freedom0, which was scheduled to participate in the flotilla of fools. According to the Turks, the boat was damaged before it ever entered Turkish waters.
According to initial findings of the inspection, the breakdown of the ship might not be a result of sabotage, a Turkish diplomat told the Hürriyet Daily News on Friday.

Turkish authorities investigated allegations that the Irish-owned ship, the MV “Saoirse” (Freedom), which was planning to participate in Freedom Flotilla 2, was sabotaged in Turkish territorial waters by Israel. The accusations are the second since boats started arriving in the eastern Mediterranean ahead of the flotilla’s planned voyage.

Organizers for the Saoirse said the engine of the Irish vessel was damaged in such a way that the ship would have sunk in the middle of the ocean and that the ship was docked in Turkey’s territorial waters when the tampering occurred.

“Israel is the only party likely to have carried out this reckless action, and it is important that the Irish government and the executive in Northern Ireland insist that those who ordered this act of international terrorism be brought to justice. This was carried out in a Turkish town and shows no respect for Turkish sovereignty and international law,” Dr. Fintan Lane, national coordinator for the Irish Ship to Gaza, which owns the vessel, said in a written statement Thursday.

He said one of the most shocking aspects was “the delayed nature of the sabotage.”

“It wasn’t designed to stop the ship from leaving its berth. Instead, it was intended to cause fatal damage to the ship while she was at sea. This could have resulted in the deaths of several of those on board. This was a potentially murderous act,” he said.

Last week, the propeller of the Greek-Swedish ship Juliano was found broken and Gaza flotilla organizers also said they believed it was deliberate sabotage by Israel.
Israel Radio is reporting that they're down to nine ships and they played a recording of Adam Shapiro begging journalists to stay.

The Greek government is not allowing the ships in its ports to leave.

Many of the 'activists' have flights home on Tuesday, and if the ships don't leave by then, the entire flotilla of fools may be canceled.

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At 6:28 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Maybe the Mossad did do it. But on the other hand, the Flotilla Of Fools organizers have no real proof other than fevered conspiracy imaginings. They don't care for their lives of their own people any more than they really care for the Gazans or abstract principles such the rule of law.

True humanitarianism is not politically selective nor is it a means towards a disreputable end. We're finding out these folks are not who they appear to be.

At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish it was the Mossad that did it.


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