Bent propeller shafts in Athens

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Video from Greece is said to show two sabotaged propellers on a flotilla boat. Badly bent shafts. Greek translator in the house? Yes: Translation below the video!

Today we came to test the vessel, we fueled it, we started the engines and at some point …… trying, simply trying to engage the propellers [put it in gear] ‘forward’ – the vessel was still tied up – one of the engines went out … It went out as it usually happens when a rope or a “rementzo” ( a certain light rope) gets dangled and blocks the propeller. That’s what we thought in the beginning. … uh we looked around the vessel … there were no sign of the “rementzo” there was no rope around -around , we called for a diver …. and it seems finally from what we will see and from what will see in a video that the diver shot, the vessel has sustained sabotage … ie. someone with some means filed, probably I don’t think, from what is apparent I don’t think that it was a hand file – it must be a very certain tool – filed the stainless steel – a very hard material that the shaft is made of – at such a spot that with the first rotations of the shaft and even with the small vibration and the speed [momentum] at that moment, it was bent ….. and the shaft was bent and the brackets that support the shaft and the propeller. I think it’s a sabotage …. I think it’s an organized [premeditated] sabotage by those that do not want the vessel to participate in the ‘Freedom Flotilla’.

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  1. Kathleen
    June 28, 2011, 3:47 pm

    Thanks annie

  2. Kathleen
    June 28, 2011, 3:54 pm

    Press Conference in Athens
    link to ustogaza.org

  3. Kathleen
    June 28, 2011, 3:56 pm
  4. Kathleen
    June 28, 2011, 4:01 pm

    Interview with Alice Walker at Democracy Now
    link to democracynow.org

    srael continues to threaten a group of international activists planning to sail to Gaza this week with humanitarian aid. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said participants in the 10-boat flotilla are seeking “confrontation and blood.” Last year, Israeli forces killed nine people aboard the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara. Meanwhile, activists say one of the 10 boats scheduled to sail to Gaza has been sabotaged in a Greek port. Saboteurs reportedly cut off the propeller shaft of a ship shared by Swedish, Norwegian and Greek activists. Organizers say the boat will be repaired in time to sail to Gaza. One of the other ships that will try to reach Gaza from Greece is the “Audacity of Hope.” It’s set to carry up to 50 U.S. citizens carrying letters to Gaza residents. One of the ship’s passengers is the acclaimed author, poet and activist Alice Walker. She has written many books, including “The Color Purple,” for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. On Monday, Alice Walker spoke at a Freedom Flotilla news conference in the Greek capital of Athens. “I am going to Gaza because my government has failed, it has failed us, it has failed to understand or to care about the Gazan people. But worse than that, our government is ignorant of our own history in the United States,” Walker said. “For instance, when black people were enslaved for 300 years, it took a lot of people in the outside of our communities to help free us.” [includes rush transcript]

    Monday June 27th
    We Are Eager to Get to Gaza”: Democracy Now! Exclusive Report from Greece on U.S. Gaza Aid Flotilla
    link to democracynow.org
    RAY McGOVERN: My name is Ray McGovern. And I’ve seldom met 35 closer friends now, and are really eager to get on that boat to get to Gaza. What Barack Obama wants to avoid is having to decide: do I call Netanyahu and risk being rebuffed, as he is accustomed to doing, or do I just let these Americans suffer whatever fate awaits them at hands of the Israeli navy? Tough decision. That’s why they’re focusing on Greece, to make sure that we never leave here, lest he have to face that decision.

    Never—never, ever—was it our intention to sail into Israeli waters, OK? Gazan waters are Gazan waters, under Israeli law, because they pretend not to be an occupying power anymore. So, either we go into Gazan waters, where we cannot be intercepted under international law, or the Israelis say, “Well, no, we were only kidding about not occupying Gaza. We still occupy Gaza.” Then the Israelis do have a right to interdict arms traffic. Now, you know, we’re bearing letters, OK? My grandfather from Ireland, he was a letter carrier. So was my other grandfather. It’s very much in my tradition. We’re carrying letters. Now, what, in God’s name, can letters—how can the letters, these letters, be considered a threat to the security of Israel?

    • James
      June 28, 2011, 8:41 pm

      thanks – alice walker is right to use the analogy she does.

      ““For instance, when black people were enslaved for 300 years, it took a lot of people in the outside of our communities to help free us.”

      what a shame obama is so busy trying to appease israel, he refuses to see the parallels and his own role in continuing the persecution of those folks in gaza and etc…

  5. lysias
    June 28, 2011, 4:05 pm

    Frogmen?

    • Philip Munger
      June 28, 2011, 4:51 pm

      Most likely. Not sure how they did it, though. It looks like they cut into the shafts and bent them at that point. Possibly, a lot of heat created by some chemical.

      Those shafts are truly beyond repair. If they were less bent, they could be put on a large lathe to be slowly trued, but they are goners, IMHO.

      • GringoDingo
        June 28, 2011, 6:10 pm

        Looks like they were pushed up. There’s a dent on one of the shafts. I imagine that hanging a large weight on them would have pulled the ship down and not have much effect (plus it would recquire loads of weight). But if you put a pole (or several poles as in a tripod) underneath at high tide, eventually the ship’s own weight will do the trick. Then all you have to do is remove the poles after the damage is done.

  6. hughsansom
    June 28, 2011, 5:35 pm

    Imagine the thousands of pounds of pressure required to do that. The deliberate sabotaging of vessel in another state’s waters — indeed, the harbor of its capital city — is an act of war.

    Israel and the US have attempted to coerce Greek into acceding to Israeli demands by linking financial assistance to blocking the flotilla. Greece should up the ante. It should identify the sabotage as an act of war and announce as a result it will treat all debts to enemy creditors, and tacit allies of those enemies (namely the rest of Europe), as null and void.

    Moreover, Greece is a member of NATO. Under the terms of the treaty, an attack upon on member state is an attack on all. Israel has committed an act of war against all of NATO.

    • Bumblebye
      June 28, 2011, 5:53 pm

      The Greek parliament is otherwise occupied at this very moment, and outside there are huge riots ongoing in the streets. Sadly, the state of the flotilla has probably fallen to the bottom of any list of to do’s.

    • lysias
      June 28, 2011, 6:52 pm

      Israel committed an act of war against all of NATO when it committed an act of war against Turkey by attacking the Freedom Flotilla last year.

      • Lightbringer
        June 29, 2011, 5:50 am

        That is just you personal, ill-based and heavily biased opinion which has nothing whatsoever to do with international law.

      • Cliff
        June 29, 2011, 6:38 am

        Gee thanks, Lightweight. When we want advice on IHL, we’ll ask some random Zionist troll. You’re not even up to par with a fail whiner like hophmi. Try harder.

      • stevieb
        June 29, 2011, 10:19 am

        Oh? So tell us why it doesn’t have anything to do with international law – because it clearly does. Your personal opinion has nothing to do with it…

      • Lightbringer
        June 29, 2011, 3:53 pm

        Obviously it does not.

        On previous flotilla Turkish citizens were clearly breaking the law by trying to breach the legal blockade and resisting security forces.

        Sabotaging a vessel which is about to break aforementioned legal blockade is far from act of war as well.

        Anywayz, you feel to think whatever you like – no one could care any less.

      • talknic
        June 29, 2011, 4:23 pm

        Lightbringer June 29, 2011 at 5:50 am

        “That is just you personal, ill-based and heavily biased opinion which has nothing whatsoever to do with international law”

        Odd. The Law of the Sea and relevant conventions tell us; a vessel is the sovereign territory of the country under which flag it sails.

        The Laws of War tell us; uniformed, armed personnel belonging to a State, are belligerents.

        An act of war is any military action that furthers military advantage. Throughout a war, many Acts of War will be committed. Acts of War have rules which belligerents are obliged to uphold. Occupation is an act of war. Resistance is an act of war. Bombing smuggling tunnels is an act of war. A blockade is an act of war.

        In International Waters, belligerents acing on behalf of a state, boarded Turkish sovereign territory by force of arms (an Act of War), to enforce their blockade (an Act of War) in order to maintain a military advantage.

      • Lightbringer
        June 30, 2011, 6:48 am

        In International Waters, belligerents acing on behalf of a state, boarded Turkish sovereign territory by force of arms (an Act of War), to enforce their blockade (an Act of War) in order to maintain a military advantage.

        Thank you for a comprehensible explanation.

        There is just one question left – to which category belong unarmed – or armed only with melee weapons, non-uniformed civilians who are acting to provide one of sides (Hamas) with military (termination of blockade) advantage?

    • James
      June 28, 2011, 8:40 pm

      if someone was paid off for doing this, it would be great if they came forward… not likely as they would probably not live to tell the tale..

  7. eGuard
    June 28, 2011, 6:18 pm

    Uri Geller.

    • Gellian
      June 28, 2011, 8:44 pm

      YES! eGuard you just made me snort soda out my nostrils I laughed so hard. Uri Geller. YES!

      I bet everyone on this site is pissed and thinks it’s insane that the Israelis sabotaged the boats. But you have to admire their creativity — at least they’re trying to avoid a repeat of the last flotilla disaster. This is a pretty good way of doing it without anyone getting hurt.

      • Woody Tanaka
        June 29, 2011, 10:31 am

        “This is a pretty good way of doing it without anyone getting hurt.”

        Except, of course, for the Gazans.

    • stevieb
      June 29, 2011, 10:19 am

      LOL!

  8. eGuard
    June 28, 2011, 6:22 pm

    Did they really not guard the ship? Fuel, engine, propeller, steering gear, command & control, communicvations, and … people they let on board? Isn’t that naive?

    • talknic
      June 29, 2011, 6:35 am

      eGuard June 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      “Did they really not guard the ship?”

      Who from?

  9. kalithea
    June 28, 2011, 8:05 pm

    This has all the fingerprints of Mossad frogs, I mean frogmen, ex-Shayetet commandos, perhaps.

  10. kalithea
    June 28, 2011, 8:09 pm

    Just want to add that the Shayetet 13 took part in the last Flotilla operation.

  11. talknic
    June 29, 2011, 6:33 am

    Looks like the mark a pneumatic hammer might make in a solid metal shaft. No scratches. One hit.

    • Chu
      June 29, 2011, 9:59 pm

      Or just a pair of vice grips. Since we can’t see the other side, it difficult to know.

    • Chu
      June 29, 2011, 10:00 pm

      Very silent as well

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