Kevin Neish, Victoria’s delegate on the Freedom Flotilla II says a Swedish/Norweigan/German ship had its propeller sawed off. Neish says the organizers say it’s hard not to point fingers at Israel – adding divers with special skills would have been utilized to sabotage the vessel. Neish adds delegates have been mugged and their cellular phones stolen.
Despite the naval blockade on the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) ensures the daily transfer of nearly 6000 tons of goods and roughly 260 truckloads via Kerem Shalom, an Israel-Gaza land crossing.
Israel has deployed new missile defence systems near its border with Lebanon, fearing strikes from Hezbollah. The Islamist group doesn’t want its long-time ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to be toppled.
Jospeh Dana, an Israeli-American journalist with the Nation, will be on board a US ship as part of the Freedom Flotilla which is to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip. He says he will go ahead with his decision despite Israel’s warning that journalists on board the flotilla could be banned from the country for ten years.