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In this May 31, 2010 file photo, the Mavi Marmara ship, the lead boat of a flotilla headed to the Gaza Strip which was stormed by Israeli naval commandos in a predawn confrontation, sails into the port of Ashdod, Israel. AP Photo

In this May 31, 2010 file photo, the Mavi Marmara ship, the lead boat of a flotilla headed to the Gaza Strip which was stormed by Israeli naval commandos in a predawn confrontation, sails into the port of Ashdod, Israel. AP Photo

Scandinavian activist groups have joined forces to draw attention to the Israeli blockade of Gaza by launching another flotilla toward the strip, daily Hürriyet reported today.
Norwegian and Swedish activists boarded the SV Estelle in Oslo yesterday and are now on their way to the blockaded Palestinian territory, according to reports.
Flotilla leader Torstein Dahle said they aimed to draw international awareness to the situation in Gaza in a fashion similar to the impact caused by the 2010 journey of the Turkish Mavi Marmara.
"We have the same goal as the previous flotillas. We wish to end the blockade by challenging the Israeli Navy," Dahle said.
"It will be easier for the Israelis to stop us," Dahle added. "We're fewer in numbers and against violence."
Turkish-Israeli ties hit their lowest point ever after Israeli forces killed nine Turkish activists on board the Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010. Bilateral relations have yet to improve due to Israel’s refusal to issue a formal apology for the killings – a prerequisite to the restoration of normal ties, according to Turkey.


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John Makel

8/11/2012 2:12:11 PM

It is easy and secure to defy Israeli navy by pacific means. Let us see that scandinavian flotilla arrive at some sirian port

cloud chaser

8/10/2012 10:42:49 PM

@Roger Harding are you aware what's the definition of massacre is? according to Merriam-Webster it is the act or an instance of killing a number of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty. can you provide any kind of proof - any at all - from any reputable source, or from the many video footage of the incident - that a massacre had indeed occurred? anything? a single shred of evidence? please?

Turk Uzan

8/8/2012 4:59:41 PM

@ Sayat Nova, Armenia should first return ILLEGALLY occupied Azeri territory, then we can discuss opening borders ... The Turkish government actually felt bad, tried and wanted to open the Armenian borders, so Armenians would get some trade, work etc. What did your diaspora do? They mass protested it and stopped it from happening. Now your people will keep starving from hunger, You people (Armenian Diaspora) are Armenia's worst enemy.. you make the Armenian people suffer. More then any Turk

Roger Harding

8/8/2012 4:30:07 PM

Good luck to these Scandinavians. Follow the example of Gandhi and Mandela. Non-violence and strength of the principles against inhuman injustice will see you through. IDF, please get ready to massacre again. In cold blood, in the middle of the night, in international waters. A major threat against so-called "security of Israel" is on the way. Binyamin and Avigdor are keen to give you medals of honour this time as well.


8/8/2012 4:10:45 PM

There is NO blockade of Armenia. Some peole have have such problems with any and every kind of truth!


8/8/2012 3:32:30 PM

Dear Sayat Nova, Drop down your political goggles, Is this the same case ? What do you see in common ? are Armenians blockaded from the rest of the World ?

Red Tail

8/8/2012 3:23:46 PM

I was at the same plane as some of the Scandinavia activists the last time. Gardell, a rather wellknown figure in Sweden, was one of them. They were all flying first/business class and were cheering and drinking champage while they laughed and seemed to be in a good mood. So so much for solidarity of the poor. They could have given all that money to charity, but instead they use it for their own luxury. For them it is just a cool adventure in a very elegant setting. I did not like what I saw.

Sayat Nova

8/8/2012 1:58:34 PM

Scandinavian activist groups should also send a convoy of trucks to break the illegal blockade of Armenia by Turkey and draw international awareness to this situation, as well.


8/8/2012 1:45:36 PM

Hey, start minting new medals for the brave IDF! I guess that Erdogan fellow had a hand in this too! Their governments must be collaborating!

american american

8/8/2012 12:41:04 PM

let`s see how the blood thirsty israelis handle this...
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