Saturday, July 2, 2011


The activist run boat "Audacity of Hope" is escorted by the Greek coast guard in port of Perama, near Athens, Greece, Friday, July 1, 2011. Greece on Friday banned ships heading to the Gaza Strip from leaving Greek ports, and a vessel carrying several dozen American protesters which left port without permission was ordered to return. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
ATHENS, Greece (AP)Greek authorities have arrested the captain of a boat that part of a Gaza-bound flotilla trying to deliver humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territory, officials said Saturday.
The 60-year-old captain, whose name was not released by authorities, was being held at Piraeus police headquarters and will remain there until a court hearing Tuesday.
Greece’s coast guard said the captain of the “Audacity of Hope” faces charges of trying to leave port without permission and of endangering the lives of the boat’s passengers. The latter charge is a felony.
The “Audacity of Hope” was carrying 36 passengers, four crew and about 10 members of the media. Its attempt to sail Friday night from the port of Perama, near Athens, was thwarted by coast guard speedboats.
In Jerusalem, Israel has denied claims it sabotaged ships trying to breach its sea blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Activists accuse Israel of damaging two ships docked in Turkey and Greece that are part of a flotilla attempting to reach the Palestinian territory.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor dismissed the sabotage charges as “ridiculous,“ calling them ”sad conspiracy theories.”
Israel says it imposed the blockade in 2007 to stop weapons reaching the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza. Activists describe the blockade as a form of incarceration for the Palestinians.
Nine activists were killed last year in an Israeli raid on a similar flotilla.

Gaza flotilla ship turned around by Greek coast guard

Gaza flotilla activist: Ray McGovern

Thank you Greece!  You appear to be the only country with common sense and also, respect towards Israel.  The "Audacity of Hope" never should have been allowed to leave the shores of the U.S., flying the flag of the United States, while supporting the terrorist organization Hamas!  Every passenger on that ship should be arrested when they return to America's soil for its part in supporting terrorism.
Bee Sting