Israel is Legitimizing ‘Piracy’ by Seizing Freedom Flotilla

An Israeli court decision to approve the blocking of humanitarian ships which aim to break the illegal siege of Gaza is a pre-emptive attempt to legitimize Israeli piracy in international waters, activists have said.

Israeli media reported that the Jerusalem District Court issued a temporary confiscation order yesterday for two Norwegian ships which are sailing to Gaza in an effort to break the 12-year blockade of the Strip in the coming days.

The court’s decision allows for the boats to be towed to an Israeli port where their value, thought to be $87,600, will be donated to Israeli terror victims and their families as compensation.

Organizers of the flotilla say that if they succeed in reaching Gaza they will donate the ships to civilian organizations and local fishermen.

Responding to the decision, Zaher Birawi, head of the International Committee for Breaking Gaza Siege and founder member of Freedom Flotilla Coalition, said:

Source: Palestine Chronicle