Israel sabotaged Gaza flotilla ship at Greek port, activist hints

The Israeli-born Swedish activist said that “somebody who knew what they were doing” could sabotage the propeller.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 25, 2015 10:53
2 minute read.
Gaza flotilla

Marianne av Göteborg arrives in Palermo, Sicily.. (photo credit: FREEDOM FLOTILLA COALITION)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Israeli-born man taking part in the flotilla which seeks to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip told an Israeli Arab radio station on Thursday that somebody sought to sabotage one of the ships before it set sail for the Hamas-ruled territory, hinting that Israel was behind the act.

Dror Feiler, a far-left pro-Palestinian activist who renounced his Israeli citizenship 33-years-ago and now resides in Sweden, told Radio al-Shams that while one of the ships was at port in Greece, an unidentified individual tried to damage one of the vessel’s propellers.

“We don’t know who it is,” Feiler said. “But that person went deep underwater and sabotaged the propeller, so we had to find a different boat.”

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The Israeli-Swedish activist said that “somebody who knew what they were doing” could sabotage the propeller.

“There are dark forces that keep trying to stop us all along the way,” he said.

Feiler told al-Shams that this attempted sabotage was a repeat of an incident in 2011, when saboteurs did damage to a boat that was set to embark to Gaza while at port in Greece.

The activist told the radio station that flotilla participants were wary of being prevented from setting sail to Gaza, which is why they spent as little time in Greece as possible.
Israeli living abroad speaks of Gaza-bound flotilla‏.

In years past, according to Feiler, Greek authorities have prevented activists from launching a flotilla from its ports.



Feiler also told al-Shams that the three-ship flotilla, which is carrying nearly 70 activists, is currently at sea near Crete, and that it is due to arrive in Gaza “within three-to-four days.”

Related Content

August 19, 2018
Gal Gadot hits Forbes highest-paid actress list

By AMY SPIRO