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PostHeaderIcon Terrorists Attack Irish Boat

June 30th, 2011 | Author: smac
Clr Gerry MacLochlainn, John Mallon and Charlie McMenamin sailing on the MV Saoirse just minutes before deadly sabotage was discovered. Photo by Phil McCullough

On Monday the ships 3 crew members along with Clr Gerry MacLochlainn, Charlie McMenamin (both from Derry) with John Mallon and Phil McCullough (both from Belfast) set sail on the MV Saoirse for re-fueling.

On the way back Pat Fitzgerald ship’s engineer noticed that something was very wrong with the boat. Upon returning to the dock the first inspections began, it was then we realised that sabotage had been done to Ireland’s boat.

Pat and the crew then hired experts to dive down and inspect the damage closer, upon their return to land it was noted that the boat has very serious damage done and that a piece was missing from one of the propeller shafts. The boat was then removed from the water and inspected on dry land (videos below) where the deep cuts inflicted onto the propeller shaft could be clearly seen and photos taken for evidence, the shaft was also very bent. These things together create a very dangerous life threatening situation for those who had just been sailing on the ship. The sabotage was intended to endanger and/or inflict injury or death on Irish citizens as the went abou their lawful right to sail on the high seas.

Clearly the terrorist divers had come up under the boat and intentionally cut out pieces of the propeller shaft, thus weakening it so that it would shear off and sink the boat or kill people onboard. As the boat’s engine placed stress on the shaft it would have given way and the propeller would have come up through the bottom of the boat, causing flooding in the engine room and the boat to sink. Moreover, any Irish passengers standing nearby when the propeller came through the deck could have been killed immediately, or seriously injured.

The passengers from Derry and Belfast who were onboard the ship travelling to the re-fueling point were a bit un-nerved when told the possibilities of what could have happened on that short journey they had just returned from.

The terrorists have now struck twice, in two different countries! This same type of sabotage was done to another vessel in Greece only days ago. We have the videos below of both the ship in Greece and the Irish Ship which was located in Turkey. Followed by a short video of Pat Fitzgerald the ship’s engineer after inspecting some of the damage.

This was a vicious attack on Irish property by terrorists against a boat flying the Irish flag. The ship is so damaged it will now be unable to take part in the Flotilla. However arrangements are being made to find seats on other ships for as many Irish passengers as possible including members of Derry Friends of Palestine. We will continue to keep you updated on this website regarding the Irish passengers who will be travelling now on other ships.

GREEK SABOTAGE DAMAGE

MV SAOIRSE SABOTAGE DAMAGE

Ships engineer Pat Fitzgerald inspects the damage, note that the damage was meant to sink the boat and would have cost Irish lives

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URGENT UPDATE FROM IRISH SHIIP!!!!!!!!! ISRAEL HAS SABOTAGED THE IRISH SHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ISRAELI TERRORISTS HAVE SABOTAGED THE IRISH SHIP, THE MV SAOIRSE!!!!

ALL PASSENGERS ONBOARD ARE SAFE AND WELL, THE FLOTILLA HAD NOT JOINED TOGETHER YET DUE TO THE SABOTAGE OF ANOTHER BOAT AND PRESSURE FROM ISRAEL ON GREECE….

BUT WHAT THEY ATTEMPTED TO DO WAS MURDER OUR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN WHILST AT SEA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AN IRISH SHIP TO GAZA PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD TOMORROW MORNING (THURSDAY) AT 11AM, BUSWELLS HOTEL, DUBLIN, WHERE EVIDENCE WILL BE PRESENTED AND MORE DETAILS RELEASED….

. WE WILL KEEP EVERYONE UPDATED ON HERE AS THE SITUATION UNFOLDS.

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NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE  CALLS FOR  SAFE PASSAGE FOR THE FREEDOM FLOTILLA II TO GAZA                  

 

The many hundreds of world citizens sailing on Freedom Flotilla II to Gaza at the end of June deserve our support and admiration, and I hope the International Community will demand that the Israeli Government do not carry out their threats to use violence against these ‘unarmed’ heroes but give them their right to safe passage to Gaza.

 

The ‘brave hearts’ on board some 10 boats, not only represent the 40 countries

of which they are citizens,  but they are the conscience of the world.   They are sailing to Gaza to let the people of Gaza know, they are not forgotten, and that the world abhors the actions of Apartheid Israel as it carries out, for almost 4 years, the immoral and illegal ‘siege’ of Gaza.  

 

In Gaza children are suffering lack of medicine, shortage of food, and are totally traumatized by War.   Fishermen are shot and often killed by Israeli Navy, off the shores of Gaza for simply trying to get fish for their families. Gaza farmers have been shot by Israeli soldiers whilst trying to grow food for their families.  The Gaza port has been cut off from the World for over 40 years, the airport bombed and crossings closed, all in an attempt by Israeli Government to destroy the spirit of the Palestinian people.   Israeli Apartheid policies of siege, occupation, break every law in the book, but above all they try to break the spirit and bodies of men, women, and children of Palestine, and to divide and dominate the Palestinian people.  But Israeli policies  are not succeeding as the courage and magnificent spirit of the Palestinian people has moved millions of people around the world to identify with their stories of persecution at the hands of the Israeli Government.

 

Tragically, the USA, EU, and other world Governments, do not act to insist Israel

end this immoral siege  and so the civil community is obliged to act on our behalf.   Those who sail on the boats have great hearts and great courage and we applaud them.  They face long boat journey (maybe up to 18 hours) and as most have never sailed in their lives, many will be sea-sick.  Many will be  apprehensive as they know they may well be attacked by the Israeli Navy, they might even be killed or injured (as happened last year on the Mavi Marmara boat when Israeli seals killed 9 unarmed passengers). Their boats may well be confiscated and they will be forcefully taken at gunpoint against their will to Israel.   They will be finger-printed, detained and deported from Israel for ten years.  They will be listed as ‘criminal’ and their only crime will be that of caring about the suffering of the people of Gaza, wanting to bring Humanitarian aid to Gaza and to break the immoral, illegal siege by Israeli.

 

The International Community (including the UN who can inspect the Cargo) can help protect these brave hearts on the Freedom Flotilla II by breaking its silence and  insisting Israel allow the boats to enter the Gaza Port.   Even more importantly the International Community and its Political and Spiritual Leaders can begin to show the same kind of moral courage as these passengers of peace on the Flotilla II, and call for the lifting of the Siege of Gaza, and end the collective punishment of the people of

Gaza.

 

We owe it to the children of Gaza, and we owe it to the Palestinian people to insist that Israel does the right thing, and acts morally.

 

Israeli security is not threatened by unarmed civilians and  boats carrying medicines and toys.   Israeli security is threatened only by its own intransigence and lack of political will to choose peace and not land, and to behave morally and uphold International Law and give to Palestinians what most of  the rest of the world take for granted – human dignity and human rights.    

 

The Palestinian people can take hope from the fact that the tide is indeed turning and the world is awakening at long last, to the plight of the Palestinian people and adding their voices to their call for freedom and justice now.

 

The Palestinian people, by their nonviolent insistence on civil and political rights, have inspired millions of people to act and it is hoped that the sailing of the Freedom Flotilla II to Gaza, will bring hope to all that justice and peace is possible in the Middle East and in the World.

 

 

Mairead Corrigan Maguire

Nobel Peace Laureate

22nd June, 20ll 


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Freedom Flotilla song ~ by @DocJazzMusic

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This music video is dedicated to all the brave people who set sail to break the siege of Gaza, and to the nine martyrs of the Mavi Marmara, who were brutally murdered by the Israeli navy. Hopefully this song helps to inspire more and more flotillas! Free Palestine, Free Gaza !

Words, music, performance and production: Doc Jazz
All rights reserved.

Freedom Flotilla – Doc Jazz

In the memory of those who fell
Their story we’ll always tell
Heroes and martyrs for the cause of peace

In the memory of those who died
Nine names are glorified
We will continue until Gaza’s release

For the mothers and children living desperately
In the largest concentration camp in history

We’re sailing on the Freedom Flotilla
For the sake of justice we’ll be facing the killers
We’re armed with nothing but the will to bring peace
To break the siege and seal a victory

We will sail on
Sail on, Sail on
Freedom Flotilla

There will be no compromise
On the crimes that we despise
Years of siege can’t break the people’s will

They can sink our vessels
But we’ll go on and wrestle
Against the forces who are trained to kill

For the fathers and brothers living steadfastly
In the largest concentration camp in history

We’re sailing on the Freedom Flotilla
This is our fleet, our non-violent guerilla
We stand for the right of everyone to be free
And an end to crimes against humanity

We will sail on
Sail on, Sail on
Freedom Flotilla
To Gaza

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STAY HUMAN……..freedom flotilla 2

Derek and I ( jenny) are not on board the Freedom Flotilla this year as we have just arrived back from the MV Finch, ( the Spirit of Rachel Corrie Mission) the Malaysian ship attempting to break the siege on Gaza, but, we proudly support the Flotilla and Irish in Gaza will update as much as possible through out the trip. We will forward and share all information received regarding all the Ships , focusing especially on the MV Saoirse, the Irish ship to Gaza.

For those of you on facebook, check out the pages ” Freedom Flotilla two ” and ” saoirse Ireland” or http://www.irishshiptogaza.org

Best of  luck and sincere wishes to all involved both on the boats and on Land teams and Insh’allah all will come back safe and well after breaking the illegal siege on Gaza and hopefully celebrating with all of our friends and family in Gaza before the celebrations begin here…..

Below is a picture taken on board after their health and safety briefing and training.

 

Jenny……

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