Israel Again Commits Barbarism and Piracy
Israel again egregiously violated fundamental international law.
by Stephen Lendman
On October 6, the humanitarian Estelle Ship to Gaza departed Naples, Italy for Gaza. It surprised no one that Israel again violated international law.
At 10:15AM CET (Central European Time), Ship to Gaza Sweden said "Estelle is being attacked".Five or six military vessels surrounded Estelle."
Soldiers wearing masks are now trying to board the ship. The attack took place (illegally in) international waters."
"At the moment, our website is targeted in a coordinated attack. Website may be inaccessible for periods of time. We are working on a solution. Keep up to date through Facebook and Twitter #Estelle."- Advertisement -
"Our voyage is a natural, brotherly action. Our objective is humanitarian. Our basis lies in international law, and our method is non-violent."
Swedish/Israeli representative on board, Dror Feiler, said Israel "attacked" Estelle in international waters. Israeli authorities and supportive media lied, claiming otherwise.
Estelle's cargo includes two olive trees, 41 tons of cement, wheel chairs, walkers, crutches, midwifery stethoscopes, children's books, toys, 300 footballs, musical instruments, theatrical equipment (including lighting), a VHF ship-to-shore radio, and an anchor for its sister project - Gaza's Ark.
It's intended to be a Ship from Gaza. Activists are building it to help break Israel's export blockade.
Humanitarian cargo to Gaza or legitimate exports should rankle no one. Israel claims otherwise. Doing so, of course, violates fundamental international law. Attacking and arresting activists at sea compounds the crime.
Estelle participants called "the heaviest cargo on board".our solidarity with the Palestinian people." Israel thinks they're subversives up to no good.
On October 20, Haaretz/Reuters headlined "Israeli Navy boards Gaza-bound Estelle ship."