Saturday, 20 October 2012

Israel attacks the Estelle in International Waters



We have lost contact with the Estelle


 
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A ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists seeking to breach Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza has “come under attack”. (AFP)


Gaza-bound ship 'attacked by Israel forces'

 
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Israel attacks the Estelle in International Waters

Kidnaps Parliamentarians and activists

for immediate release
Montreal, 20121020-04h30
Shortly after 4:00AM EDT when the Estelle was in international waters approx. 17 Nautical Miles north of Arish, Egypt (as per the last coordinates we have) Israeli war ships surrounded it and the assault on the peaceful ship started.
Communications were lost at that time and all reports we got from the ship were choppy.
Among others, the following individuals were on board:Former Member of Parliament Manly James, Canada
Member of Parliament Hagen Aksel, Norway
Member of Parliament Britton Sven, Sweden
Member of Parliament Kodelas Dimitios, Greece
Member of Parliament Sixto Ricardo, Spain
Member of Parliament Diamantopoulos  Evangelos, Greece
See Jim Manly’s pre-recorded video message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8egYBdf-Zo
Our previous releases on the Estelle and Jim Manly can be found here:http://www.gazaark.org/2012/10/16/release-a-world-parliament-on-its-way-to-gaza/http://www.gazaark.org/category/statements-releases-2/
Contacts:Jim Manly  + 8707 76 727 941 (unfortunately Israel now blocked all communication to the ship)
See Jim Manly’s pre-recorded video message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8egYBdf-Zo
Eva Manly 250-616-3166
Ehab Lotayef 514-941-9792
Sandra Ruch 416-716-4010

Nino Pagliccia 604-831-9821
Gaza:David Heap +972 59 289 3106

A ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists seeking to breach Israel's naval blockade on Gaza has "come under attack" 
shortly after being approached by Israeli vessels, a spokeswoman said.

"The Estelle is now under attack - I have just had a message from them by phone," Victoria Strand, a Stockholm-based spokeswoman for the Ship to Gaza Sweden campaign told the AFP news agency on Saturday.

According to Dror Feiler, another spokesperson, the Estelle, whose passengers include five parliamentarians and a former Canadian politician, was attacked at around 08:15 GMT. 

"Five or six military vessels surrounded the Estelle. Soldiers wearing masks are now trying to board the ship. The attack took place on international water: N31 26 E33 45," Feiler said.

The Israeli military confirmed that navy vessels were in the vicinity of the Estelle but denied the ship had been attacked or boarded.

"The Israeli navy has attempted to make initial contact with them, but they have not answered and nothing further has happened at this stage," a spokeswoman said.

Asked whether any attempt had been made to stop or board the Estelle, she said: "Not at the moment."

The Estelle, the latest ship to try to break Israel's blockade on Gaza as part of the 'Freedom Flotilla' movement, set sail from Naples in southern Italy.

Luigi de Magistris, the mayor of Naples, met with members of the crew during a visit to the Estelle in the city's port.

The Estelle, whose voyage is being organised by an international pro-Palestinian coalition, is carrying humanitarian goods to the Gaza Strip. 

There are 17 activists from around the world on board, including passengers and crew from Canada, Israel, Norway, Sweden and the US.


A ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists seeking to breach Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza has “come under attack” shortly after being approached by Israeli vessels, a spokeswoman told AFP on Saturday.

“The Estelle is now under attack - I have just had a message from them by phone,” Victoria Strand, a Stockholm-based spokeswoman for the Ship to Gaza Sweden campaign told AFP.

“Some time ago, they said that they had military ships following them, but we don’t know exactly what they mean” when they say they were attacked, she said of the vessel which is carrying five parliamentarians and a former Canadian lawmaker.

The Israeli military confirmed that navy vessels were in the vicinity of the MV Estelle but denied the ship had been attacked or boarded.

“The Israeli navy has attempted to make initial contact with them, but they have not answered and nothing further has happened at this stage,” a spokeswoman said.

Asked whether any attempt had been made to stop or board the Estelle, she said: “Not at the moment.”

THESE ARE THE SAILORS ON BOARD ESTELLE:
  • Member of Parliament Hagen Aksel Norway 10/04/1953
  • Member of Parliament Britton Sven Sweden 14/06/1938
  • Member of Parliament Kodelas Dimitios Greece 02/01/1979
  • Member of Parliament Sixto Ricardo Spain 07/01/1967
  • Member of Parliament Diamantopoulos  Evangelos Greece 20/04/1980
  • Former Member of Parliament Manly James Canada 29/10/1932
  • Opperdoes Joel Arvid Alexander Sweden 1983-06-20
  • Andreasson Charles Bertil Sweden 1965-03-10
  • Särner Daniel Karl-Erik Sweden 1985-12-16
  • Uddebrant  Johan Lars OS Sweden 1981-06-28
  • Widell Anders Nils Olof Sweden 1986-07-11
  • Reksten Herman Elias Norway 1989-10-06
  • Elhanan Elazar Israel 1977-04-01
  • Sjøstrøm Nils Johan Norway 1963-11-10
  • Koivisto Velimati Finland 1968-03-01
  • Hammervold Jan Petter Norway 1944-27-03
  • Feiler Dror Sweden 1951-31-08
  • Svenberg Kristian Sweden 02-07-1947
  • Boethius Maria-Pia Sweden 09/04/1947
  • Mor Reut Israel 09/08/1982
  • Jämiä Mika Finland 1959-09-06
  • Arau Crusellas Laura Spain 02/05/1980             
  • Ramazzotti Stockel Marco Italy 17-09-1947                  
  • Shapira Yonathan Israel 12-02-1972           
  • Tiktopoulos Mikhalis Greece 24/12/1946                
  • Zabale Gouzalet  BegoÒa Spain 09/01/1950 
  • Stamellos Loukas Greece 22/06/1979  
  • Piassas Evangelos Greece 02/04/1947       
  • Gardell Mattias Sweden 10/08/1959
  • Vinthagen Stellan Sweden 13/10/1964