mavi marmara passengers 311.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
earlier this week to ask when Israel was going to return the personal belongings
of a number of Bulgarian nationals who sailed on the Gaza flotilla and whose
belongings were confiscated by the IDF, The Jerusalem Post has
The Bulgarian leader’s call came as the issue of cameras,
personal computers and other items confiscated by Israel during the raid on the
Mavi Marmara was quietly becoming something of a diplomatic issue.
came up during a meeting Foreign Ministry Director-General Yossi Gal held
Wednesday with the corps of ambassadors stationed here.
discussed the nature of the flotilla on its way from Lebanon and the Gaza
blockade, was asked by one of the ambassadors when and how Israel would return
the confiscated personal items, and if not, whether Jerusalem would pay
Gal replied that the issue was currently being
Gal asked of the ambassadors that their countries issue travel
warnings advising their nationals not to join efforts to break the sea blockade
of Gaza. He said that according to Israeli information, boats originating in
countries hostile to Israel – Iran and Lebanon – are expected to arrive soon,
and that those who do not want to be placed in a dangerous situation should not
board the ships.
Even if some of those on board will have “good
intentions,” he said, it is not clear that all on these ships are so
The Prime Minister’s Office, meanwhile, released
information Wednesday on the identities of those behind the two boats expected
to arrive from Lebanon, linking the organizers to Hizbullah.
organizer of a boat full of women, according to the information, is
the wife of an officer in the Lebanese security service who was jailed
years for involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime
Alhaj and her husband met with Hizbullah’s Hassan Nasrallah
on May 22.
Alhaj, in recent media interviews, said the passengers on her
ship were Lebanese women from all different sectors whose common
a hatred of Israel. She denied that Hizbullah organized the ship, but
idea came after Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah called for the
to organize boats to Gaza.
Of the 50 women on the boat, 30 – according to
Israeli information – are Lebanese, and 20 are from elsewhere.
is known at this point is that three are from Kuwait.