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Do the Israeli territorial waters reach up to the port of Piraeus /Keratsini? PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 02 July 2011 18:55


Press Release

Ship to Gaza Greece

Athens, 1st July 2011.

Do the Israeli territorial waters reach up to the port of Piraeus /Keratsini?

An unprecedented statement of the Greek Ministry of Protection of Citizen prohibited today the
departure of all boats that are found in Greek harbours and which participate in the international
mission of solidarity for Gaza. The minister, Mr Papoutsis, with no viable technical, procedural
or legal reason, prohibited the departure of boats whether flying Greek or foreign flags, who were
intending to sail to Gaza.

The Israeli’s multileveled effort of cancellation of this international mission, that has been
undertaken for many months, found a fervent supporter in the Greek government. After the
sabotage of 2 boats in the preceding days, that did not suffice to cancel the mission, the subservient
and willing Greek government undertook and executes the dirty work that would otherwise have
been carried out by the Israeli naval forces in the waters of the sea. Aligned completely with the
Israeli orders, they did not hesitate to send ships with Greek commandos in a Greek harbour and,
with the threat of arms forced a passenger boat of the mission that had only just left the Perama/
Piraeus port, to return to Piraeus/Keratsini port. When last year, the Greek Prime Minister declared
impudently that “we have lost a part of our national sovereignty” we could not imagine that she
meant that the Israeli territorial waters reach up to Keratsini.
Those, who just the day before yesterday, willingly ceded the public fortune of the country to the
usurers, today did not hesitate to sell out the traditionally friendly attitude of the Greek society in
solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

We, from our side, want to stress that our intention and our determination to reach the besieged
Gaza is not weakened, on the contrary, it strengthens. The coordinated efforts of Israeli and Greek
government do not scare us, on the contrary, these efforts confirm that they
fear us. They fear the friendship of populations, the international solidarity, the humanitarian
sensitivity, our refusal to accept the theft of basic rights of Palestinians and our common fight for
dignity and justice.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 July 2011 19:19

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‘The Greek government has bowed to pressure’ – Features – Al Jazeera English.

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2 Jul 2011 Greece Now Complicit in Illegal Israeli   VIA irish ship to Gaza

Siege Posted by smac

The US boat, The “Audacity of Hope” set sail yesterday for Gaza. Within minutes it was surrounded by heavily armed Greek commandos, who eventually boarded the ship forcing it to immediately turn back to port.

At the same time the Canadian boat the “Tahrir” was being boarded and their paperwork confiscated. Additionally all other boats had armed Greek police and Coast Guard personnel guarding the ships to keep them from leaving port.

The Greek Announcement on the Flotilla can be read below. It is now clear that the siege on Gaza extends to Greece and its islands.

Armed Greek Commandos board American ship Prohibition of the departure of ships with Greek and foreign flags from Greek ports to the maritime area of Gaza today Pursuant to a decision by the Minister of Citizen Protection Mr. C. Papoutsis, the departure of ships with Greek and foreign flags from Greek ports to the maritime area of Gaza has been prohibited today.

By orders of the Hellenic Coast Guard Head Quarters to all local Hellenic Coast Guard Authorities, all appropriate measures are taken for the implementation of the said decision

. As it is known, the Hellenic Coast Guard local Authorities have already been instructed to submit to ships Masters of ships of any flag the relevant notice to mariners that designates the area of maritime blockade by Israel. More specifically, for ships flying the Greek flag, relevant entries shall be made in the ships logbook together with the reception of the above mentioned notice to mariners as well as with the communication by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dated 22 June 2011.

Furthermore, the broader maritime area of eastern Mediterranean will be continuously monitored by electronic means for tracking, where applicable, the movements of the ships allegedly participating in such campaign.

Finally, police controls of passengers and crews are conducted while there is cooperation with local police and customs Authorities for rigorous controls on issues of their competence.

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