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Greece Arrests Flotilla Boat Captain Bound for Gaza

Posted July 2nd, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Greek authorities have arrested the captain of a boat that was part of a flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian aid. The 60-year-old captain – whose name has not been released – was in police custody Saturday for leaving port without permission. The Greek government has forbidden ships docked in its ports […]

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Greece Bans Ships From Leaving Its Ports in Gaza Flotilla

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Greece on Friday banned vessels from leaving its shores to join a planned flotilla aimed at breaking Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip. Organizers say they hope to sail to Gaza in coming days with at least nine boats loaded with humanitarian aid for the Palestinians. Israel vows to prevent the flotilla from reaching […]

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Irish Ship Drops Out of Gaza Flotilla; Organizers Vow to Sail

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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An Irish ship has dropped out the international flotilla preparing to break an Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip as pro-Palestinian organizers accused Israel of sabotage and declared the convoy may sail from Greece without permission. Activists said Thursday they discovered damage to the engine of the Irish boat Saoirse in the Turkish port […]

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Gaza Flotilla Organizers Accuse Israel of Sabotaging 2nd Ship

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Organizers of an international flotilla are accusing Israel of sabotaging a second ship that they planned to include in a mission to break an Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. The organizers said Thursday they had discovered damage to the engine of the Irish boat Saoirse in the Turkish port of Gocek, where it […]

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Flotilla Organizers Say No Plan for Harm Soldiers

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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An organizer of a flotilla planning to challenge Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip says participants have no intention of harming Israeli soldiers who may be dispatched to stop them. Dro Feiler told Israel’s Army Radio on Tuesday that violence will not be permitted, and said Israel should provide organizers with the names of […]

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Organizers: Israel Pressuring Greece to Halt Flotilla

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Organizers of a flotilla planning to challenge Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip say they will sail within the next few days. They called on Greek authorities to let them depart despite mounting diplomatic pressure from the Israeli government. In Athens Monday, a loose coalition of activist groups said Greece was putting up “administrative […]

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Israel Orders Military to Stop Gaza Flotilla

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Israel’s security cabinet has ordered the country’s military to prevent a planned flotilla from reaching the Gaza Strip but to avoid clashes with activists on board. The senior ministers on Monday also instructed Israel’s foreign ministry to continue its diplomatic efforts to prevent the flotilla from setting sail to the Palestinian territory, which is under […]

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Israel Warns Journalists Against Gaza-Bound Flotilla

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Israel has warned that journalists found onboard a planned flotilla to the Gaza Strip will be banned from the country for 10 years and face other sanctions. The head of the government press office said in a letter to journalists Sunday that the flotilla is being organized by Western and Islamic extremists, and that those […]

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Palestinians to Seek UN Recognition in September

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Palestinian Authority says it will go to the United Nations in September and ask for recognition of an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, a move opposed by both Israel and the United States. The official Palestinian news agency said Sunday that leaders in Ramallah confirmed they will seek […]

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Israelis Mark 5th Year of Soldier’s Capture

Posted June 25th, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of supporters of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit have gathered in Jerusalem and at the site near the Gaza border where Palestinian militants seized him in a deadly raid five years ago. At least 400 people massed Saturday at the Kerem Shalom crossing, close to the spot where Shalit was abducted on June 25, […]

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