Israel Assaults Freedom Waves to Gaza Activists - by Stephen Lendman
Israel beat and arrested nonviolent activists.
A previous article explained the following:
On November 2, two vessels blocked last summer from reaching Gaza sailed again from Fethiye, Turkey.
Canada's Tahrir and Ireland's Soairse (Freedom) comprise the Freedom Waves to Gaza mission. On board were 27 international activists, journalists, and crew.
According to a participating Press TV correspondent, "Israeli warplanes and naval vessels" shadowed them in international waters. "Eight Israeli warships made radio contact," demanding they change course.
They refused. They didn't sail to turn back. They dedicated their mission "to challenge Israel's ongoing criminal blockade."
Israeli ships interdicted them. General Gaby Ahkenazi ordered them seized and impounded. Both vessels were severely damaged, taken to Ashdod, and remain held.