SOS: Israel Commits Piracy, Abducts Gaza Bound Boat in International Waters

by Ariyana Love

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) intercepted a Gaza bound ship yesterday with 22 activists were on board.

The Norwegian boat was one of the four ships comprising the Freedom Flotilla, which intended to break Israel and Egypt’s 12-year blockade of Gaza.  The boat left the Italian city of Palermo on July 21, intending to bring humanitarian aid to the besieged Palestinian people.

Israel purposefully timed the release of child prisoner, Ahed Tamimi, for the same day the Flotilla was scheduled to arrive, knowing full well that Tamimi’s release would get more media attention and divert the general public’s attention away from their overt piracy.

The boat and it’s crew were abducted approximately 70 miles from Gaza’s shore, in international waters, making this a violation of international maritime law.

IMEMC news reported that there are 45 International Solidarity Movement activists from approximately 15 countries aboard the fleet, along with media correspondents from Al Jazeera and Press TV.

The High Committee for Return and Breaking the Siege called on the international community to step up its responsibility and provide the necessary protection for the Freedom Flotilla Fleet and increase its efforts to break the suffocating siege on Gaza.

SOS – Freedom Flotilla Press Release

Israeli Occupation Forces have illegally attacked Al Awda boat at 13:15 CEST/29 July 2018. 22 people were on board.

Take action to protect them now – see below!

United Nations
His Excellency Antonio Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General
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Australia – Chris Graham
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UK – Swee Chai Khoo (Dr Swee Ang)
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Ariyana Love

Ariyana Love is Founder of Occupy Palestine TV, TLB Director of Middle East Rising and Goodwill Ambassador to Palestine (ICSPR, Gaza). Ariyana is Chairwoman of Meta Nutrients Trust, a Human Rights Defender and Activist.

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