Israel Asks UN to Stop Gaza Bound Ship

Published Nov 19, 2012 12:55 PM by The Maritime Executive

On Tuesday, Israel’s UN ambassador asked the world body to try to convince a Swedish ship carrying rights’ activists not to try to break the Jewish state’s barricade of the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s ambassador, Ron Prosor, called on the State-General, the Security Council, and all responsible members of the international community and asked them to take immediate action to end the provocation of the ‘Estelle’ vessel.

Prosor said the sailing ship, which left the Italian port of Naples on Saturday, was anticipated to arrive near Gaza in about a week. He added that the blockade was solely for security purposes.

Prosor went on to stress that Israel is not interested in confrontation, but will remain determined to enforce its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and will take lawful action if necessary against the rights activists aboard the Estelle. 

The Israeli ambassador to the UN said the rights’ activists aboard the Estelle should instead head for Syria where goods are needed to address the humanitarian disaster in the war-torn country.

The Estelle, whose journey was prepared by an international pro-Palestinian coalition, is carrying humanitarian goods to the Gaza Strip.

The activists aboard the ship include passengers and crew from Israel, Norway, Canada, the United States, and Sweden.

Israel states the blockade, which was in imposed in June 2006, is necessary to prevent weapons from entering the coastal territory.

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