Middle East Online, June 30, 2011
DUBLIN – Irish activists on Thursday accused Israel of sabotaging a ship that had been due to join a flotilla to challenge an Israeli blockade of Gaza, forcing the vessel’s withdrawal.
The Irish Ship to Gaza (ISG) campaign said it “believes that Israel has questions to answer and must be viewed as the chief suspect in this professional and very calculating act of sabotage”.
ISG said the propeller of the ship, the Saoirse, had been “sabotaged in a dangerous manner in the Turkish coastal town of Gocek, where it had been at berth for the past few weeks”.
It said repairing the damage would take some time and therefore the Saoirse “cannot participate in Freedom Flotilla 2″.
Fintan Lane, ISG national coordinator, claimed it was a “reckless action” and an “act of international terrorism”.