Breaking: Gaza flotilla stopped by Israeli warships

on 35 Comments

From the US Boat to Gaza:

At 7:43 am (east coast time) ground support crew lost contact with two ships, the Saoirse of Ireland and the Tahrir of Canada, carrying 27 civilian passengers, medical supplies and letters of support for the people of Gaza. On board the Tahrir is one American, Kit Kittredge.

At 7:30 am the Tahrir was interrogated, via radio, by the Israeli Navy. The ships were approximately 48 nautical miles off the coastline, well into international waters. Asked by the Israeli Navy for their destination, Canadian activist Ehab Lotayef replied, “The conscience of humanity.” When they repeated the question, asking for final destination, Lotayef said, “The betterment of mankind.”

Israel has maintained a naval blockade of Gaza since June 2006. Numerous international organizations, including committees of the United Nations, have concluded the blockade is in violation of international law.

To follow on Twitter go to: @palwaves or @usboattogaza

About Adam Horowitz

Adam Horowitz is Co-Editor of

Other posts by .

Posted In:

35 Responses

  1. Chaos4700
    November 4, 2011, 9:16 am

    I hope there isn’t a bloodbath, but Israel’s track record of waging decksweeping boarding actions on civilian ships in international waters speaks for itself. Let’s hope this becomes the exception to the rule.

  2. Theo
    November 4, 2011, 9:27 am

    Let´s see what happens now!

    Erdogan, PM of Turkey, made a statemet that the next flotilla will have turkish naval ships escort if needed, however, up to now there is no sign of them. They are needed now!!
    So let´s play out the possibilities.
    Now that Israel stopped those two boats Turkey must act, if it doesn´t want to lose face and not losing face is very important in Asia.
    If they send armored vessels, we may have a shooting incident between those two nations. Turkey, being a long time member of the NATO, can call for help from the organisation and according to the statute, they must act accordingly.
    Turkey, member of the NATO versus Israel, bully of the ME, but the best friend of the USA. What happens? Will NATO pound Israel or the USA Turkey?
    I invite any serious comment, without any rhetoric.

    • Citizen
      November 4, 2011, 10:08 am

      US will send out its spokesman, who will tell US press “We are concerned, and don’t think the flotilla method is the way to gain peace–the two parties must sit down and directly negotiate. We are working with Turkey and Israel to further this goal, and NATO will not be involved as it wishes peace too.”

    • libra
      November 4, 2011, 10:14 am

      Theo: “I invite any serious comment, without any rhetoric.”

      Does you armchair warmongering deserve any serious comment?

      • Theo
        November 4, 2011, 11:25 am


        I said any serious comment, no BS.
        Worrying about another possible war forced upon us by the zionists I would not call warmongering!
        Besides, I did my share of serving the country, did you?

      • annie
        November 4, 2011, 11:35 am

        libra, theo’s entire post is based on bs because they were not turkish boats on the flotilla. erdogan never offered to escort any boat going to gaza. So let´s play out the possibilities! lol

      • Theo
        November 5, 2011, 10:14 am


        You are great at cutting and pasting, stay with it.
        I read your comments over a long time and I hope you can cook better, because you are over your head with your new job.
        Read a few more blogs and you will feel much better.

        By the way, Erdogan never said “only turkish ships”.

    • JohnAdamTurnbull
      November 4, 2011, 10:37 am

      I wish I could be more encouraging re Turkey’s commitment — though to be sure, naval vessels need not apply.

      I believe that the US, Turkey, Israel and Canada were in conversation during the preparation of the departure in Fethiye. Robert Lovelace, also here, points out that a 12-person boat is big enough to save face and small enough not to worry any national government with a stake in the game.

      Robert added, “Let my people go!”

    • dahoit
      November 4, 2011, 11:32 am

      I believe the Turkish government concerned itself with Turkish ships and citizens.Why the try to give a false account ?

  3. Theo
    November 4, 2011, 9:50 am

    Only a few days ago I wrote a comment denying any possibility of Israel attacking Iran just now and commiting a certain suicide.

    Since then several important news circulate: should Israel decide to attack, most likely the USA will be drawn immediately into the conflict and in that case, if they are asked, the british will send troops to fight.
    This should make a nice bonfire in the ME, noone can calculate the results as Iran is not Iraq. In that case, in my opinion, Iran will immediately bomb the saudi and other oilfields and say hallo to $8 a gallon gas. Don´t complain, the europeans are paying this amount for years and the lights did not go out yet.

    It seems Niniyahoo and his criminal gang now running Israel learned a lot from Hitler´s nazi system. In case you have trouble at home just start another war and if it comes to it, go down in flames.
    This time Tel Aviv and other israeli cities will be hit with thousands of missiles. Should Israel decide to use one of their non-existent nuclear weapons, it will give the signal for an all out war. Iran, the Hamas and Hisbolla may not have nuclear weapons, however a bomb filled with poison gas or biological agents will do just nicely.
    Assad in Syria is in trouble, the attack on Iran may just unite a nation again and they are allies of Iran. Jordan will cave in in a few days, the key role is how the generals of Egypt will act. Will they support Israel against their arab brothers, or use this opportunity to get read of the only serious opponent to their hegemony.
    The outcome, toss up a coin and pray, (although praying never helped anyone).

    • Citizen
      November 4, 2011, 10:14 am

      Congress will disconnect from Turkey, call for support of Israel in its hour of need, Obama will be pushed by hard-charging GOP candidates to send military and more financial support. Suddenly we will get the new Obama stimulus package to obtain jobs–an evolving WW3. FDR got us out of the Great Depression that way.

      • Woody Tanaka
        November 4, 2011, 10:52 am

        “Obama will be pushed by hard-charging GOP candidates to send military and more financial support.”

        Obama wouldn’t be pushed by the GOP on this issue; he’ll be pushed by the Dem. purse-string holders and the Israel firsters, who will be happy to bust up NATO if that’s what Tel Aviv requires.

    • Kathleen
      November 4, 2011, 10:20 am

      Clearly the UK has moved into the position of backing up Israel if they go. The UK seems to be in that position now

    • dahoit
      November 4, 2011, 11:35 am

      I doubt very much that Israel has no nukes.Maybe they don’t have as many as advertised(to keep their self made enemies wary),but I believe they have some.

    • Remax
      November 5, 2011, 5:36 am

      Theo, with such a name you should have some faith in prayer. Besides, when Apollo 13 was in dire trouble Nixon went on TV and invited the world to pray for the mission and it worked.

  4. Kathleen
    November 4, 2011, 10:51 am

    Adam, Phil, Annie..I am not a twitter or a Facebook person. How can we get folks on these two boats to directly facebook or twitter the Diane Rehm show in the next International round up hour at 11am est? I am going to send Medea Benjaman and email. Any ideas getting them on air or read during the next hour?

    Past Shows
    Contact Us

    Join the show:

    [email protected]
    Find us on Facebook
    Follow us on Twitter

  5. Kathleen
    November 4, 2011, 10:52 am

    Call in…contact. Get this new flotilla information on the next Diane Rehm international round up hour that starts in 10 minutes 11 est
    millions listen to this show

    • DBG
      November 4, 2011, 12:07 pm

      what is your obsession w/ this lady?

      • Kathleen
        November 4, 2011, 8:02 pm

        I encourage people to call, contact many different outlets on many different sites. Rehm has one of the more balanced MSM programs.

      • Kathleen
        November 4, 2011, 8:03 pm

        Oh yeah and millions listen around the world. I have gotten questions and guest on these several of these programs. Use the MSM as much as you can to get information out about the I/P issue as well as other issues.
        Know it works well. Lots of feed back from around the world

  6. dumvitaestspesest
    November 4, 2011, 10:56 am

    “Something is seriously rotten” , but not only in Denmark, but mainly in the state of the world’s affairs.
    We are living on the big volcano, that is about to go off , thanks to the , greedy, corrupted world’s leaders, who united by” blood money” , tied with invisible to us knots, dance around the possiblity of having another WWIII.
    Eurozone is rapidly sinking, the Middle East is steaming ,the big daddy USA turns out to be the Isreali puppet.
    They are pushing towards the war because it would cover up a lot of their “unholy” business and made them a new ones. Bastards.

  7. Kathleen
    November 4, 2011, 11:03 am

    they are also going to be talking about the UNESCO vote. Contact them

  8. eee
    November 4, 2011, 11:42 am

    Where are all the idiots that predicted that the next flotilla will be accompanied by the Turkish Navy? You have shown yourself to be giant fools.

    • Kathleen
      November 4, 2011, 12:01 pm

      “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

      • eee
        November 4, 2011, 12:21 pm

        You were sending the Turks to fight for you, therefore the quote is irrelevant. And by the way, how is this quote even half relevant to the I/P conflict? Nobody has been ignoring anybody for 60+. We have been fighting and if you think you are winning… well you also thought the Turkish navy will help the flotillas.

    • annie
      November 4, 2011, 12:27 pm

      Where are all the idiots that predicted there would never be another flotilla?

      • eee
        November 4, 2011, 12:37 pm

        No one predicted that there would not be another flotilla. The prediction was that they would not be successful. Everybody realize that you like wasting money on these PR stunts.

      • mig
        November 4, 2011, 6:23 pm

        Sometimes effect from a good act takes time. Money is irrelevant in here. This has much more higher aims than just how much money was spent. Apartheid in SA didnt collapse over one night etc.

        Looks that money is more important to you that human rights over all. So no surprise from that to us.

  9. seafoid
    November 4, 2011, 11:45 am

    The game is rigged. No flotilla, no UN statehood, no end to settlements, no one man one vote.

    Game changer needed.


  10. DBG
    November 4, 2011, 12:33 pm

    oh darn, I really thought this one was gonna make it through.

    • Mooser
      November 4, 2011, 12:46 pm

      Gee DBG, I thought all your inter-faith experience has given you a manner of expressing yourself which would be acceptable anywhere.

    • seafoid
      November 4, 2011, 12:58 pm

      The evidence, the intrinsic features, the painful experience of what is involved in the practice of apartheid are still reverberating indelibly in the minds of the people of South Africa, some of whom will be called before the tribunal, alongside reputable experts. There are, of course, racial groups in other parts of Africa and elsewhere which will recognise the same pattern of suppression.
      We have visited Israel/Palestine on a number of occasions and every time have been struck by the similarities with the South African apartheid regime. The separate roads and areas for Palestinians, the humiliation at roadblocks and checkpoints, the evictions and house demolitions. Parts of East Jerusalem resemble what was District Six in Cape Town. It is a cause for abiding sadness and anguish. It revolves around the way in which the arrogance of power brings about a desensitisation. Once this has occurred it permits atrocious acts and attitudes to be visited on those over whom power and control are exercised. What such people are doing to themselves just as much as their victims should also be of concern.

  11. Opti
    November 4, 2011, 1:29 pm

    Damage of Palmer Report:

    From NYT:
    “Blah blah blah…
    Israel says that the maritime blockade of Gaza is in accordance with international law and is essential to prevent weapons smuggling. Its position was backed by_the_Palmer_report, a United Nations review of Israel’s 2010 raid published in September that found the blockade of Gaza to be legal and appropriate.
    … blah blah blah.”

Leave a Reply