Sweden to investigate Israel’s attack on Gaza-bound ships


27 June, 2014 Gaza Ark

Gaza Ark & Freedom Flotilla
Gaza Ark.& Freedom Flotilla © Gaza-ark.org

Israel has attacked several Gaza-bound ships over the last few years. Swedish prosecutor Henrik Attorps has launched an investigation into suspected criminal offenses ranging from aggravated assault, aggravated unlawful threats, theft, and other crimes under international law.  “We have grounds to believe that such crimes were committed,” the office of the public prosecutor said in a statement.  More details here.

This shows that efforts to challenge the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza are of vital importance. They are crucial in bringing the world’s attention to Israeli atrocities – even though that is not happening fast enough. The Swedish investigation follows action by a Turkish court which issued arrest warrants for Israeli senior officers over their role in ordering the 2010 attack on the Mavi Marmara while bound for Gaza. The matter has also been referred to the International Criminal Court .

This news comes as we are rebuilding Gaza’s Ark and repairing the damage caused by the cowardly attack on it that occurred when we were almost ready to sail.

This news also encourages us to persevere despite the difficulties and the challenges.

We continue to count on your support to finish the building of Gaza’s Ark and sail it out of Gaza as a new challenge to the unjustified blockade.

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