The Freedom Flotilla Coalition is a group of activists that work peacefully for the end of the Gaza Blockade.
Activists, from various backgrounds and nationalities, were aboard the ship called Marianne. Marianne is a symbol of liberty in France, but Marianne, the ship, weren’t free to anchor in Gaza, Palestine.
It was hijacked by the Israeli Navy in International Waters. Israel forces a blockade over the Palestinian people in Gaza. Palestinians have not the right to move in and out of Gaza and Israel ensures that Gaza is impoverished by the blockade.
The Marianne crew describes how the navy arrested them:
At 02:06AM today (Gaza time) the “Marianne” contacted Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) and informed us that three boats of the Israeli navy had surrounded her in international waters, while sailing approximately 100NM from Gaza coast. After that we lost contact with the “Marianne” and at 05:11AM (Gaza time) the IDF announced that they had “visited and searched” Marianne. They had captured the boat and detained all on board “in international waters” as they admitted themselves. The only positive content in the IDF announcement was that they still recognize that there is a naval blockade of Gaza, despite Netanyahu’s government recent denial that one exists.
Netanyahu quickly claimed after Marianne’s seizure, in an Orwellian lie, that “there were not a blockade against Gaza.”
The ship arrest proves obviously otherwise, and it carries a message: Gaza must be free and the illegal blockade must stop.
The effects of the Gaza blockade enforced by Israel are destructive. The siege is keeping Gaza from building a single house from the latest war, literally. Israel has killed more than 2200 persons, including more than 550 children, in the summer of 2014 during “Protective Edge”.
It is not the first time the Freedom Flotilla is arrested by the Israeli military. In 2010, a raid against one of its ships killed 9 Turkish activists.