Israel Prevents French Ship from Running Blockade
8:08 AM, Jul 19, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Israeli navy prevented a French ship called the Dignity from running its blockade of Gaza today, according to news reports in the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz. "The Dignity was carrying 17 pro-Palestinian activists. It was part of the Free Gaza Movement’s flotilla that was canceled earlier this month after Greece refused to allow the ships to leave its ports for the Gaza Strip," the Jerusalem Post reports.
The boat was able to leave the Greek harbor only after its captain lied about its destination, telling authorities that the ships final destination was Alexandria, Egypt.
Preventing the radical activists from reaching Gaza seems to have gone smoothly, according to Haaretz:
The activists indicated that more ships will soon follow.