First vessel of Gaza flotilla sets out from Sweden

Protest of the Davis Cup tennis match on March 7, 2009 in Malmö, Sweden. Source. (Andreas Blixt/Flickr)

The first vessel of a pro-Palestinian flotilla aiming to break Israel’s naval blockade on the Gaza Strip set sail from its home port in Sweden on Sunday morning.

The trawler Marianne of Gothenburg will be carrying a “limited cargo of, among other things, solar cell panels and medical equipment” for use in Gaza, according to a statement by the Ship to Gaza campaign.

The boat is part of the so-called Freedom Flotilla III, following other high profile attempts by activists to sail to Gaza.

The Marianne, with its five crew members, will be stopping at Helsingborg, Malmo, Copenhagen and other ports to be announced later on before continuing on to Gaza, Ship to Gaza officials said.

Along the way it will pick up eight other crew members, according to Israel Radio. Two other vessels are expected to join the flotilla later on…

  • mobuyus

    A ship of Jew hating fools and tools, and useful and useless idiots.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Precisely! An environmental clean-up if some enterprising drone operator decides to pop a bomb down to them gratis.

      • mobuyus

        I’d like to see the flotilla contribute to the environment .as an artificial reef. Though I’m afraid it would attract only Clown Fish and Suckers.

  • Because Gazans don’t have food or medical supplies?

    • tom_billesley

      IKEA meatballs ?

    • HeyMoHeresSomeBacon

      It’s obviously a ploy to evoke a response from Israel. Hey, isn’t that something that Pam Geller has been recently accused of? Aren’t the press crucifying her for what they consider a deliberate ploy to evoke a negative response from Muslims?

      • It’s a ploy to make Israel look bad.

        Israel delivers goods to Gaza. How can anyone be starving?

        Perhaps if they didn’t buy rockets…

    • Justin St.Denis

      No ketamine, no extasy.

  • HeyMoHeresSomeBacon

    Hopefully the IDF will allow them to dock, under the gun of course, and let them unload under the IDF’s watchful eye. If there is anything, and I mean anything, in that cargo that can be used by Hamas as a weapon against Israel then the IDF should open fire.

    • How do you mean “open fire”? Like, drill the five crew members and anyone in the dockyard like Bonnie and Clyde if they so much as look at someone funny?

      • HeyMoHeresSomeBacon

        I mean open fire on the cargo. Destroy it.

      • Minicapt

        Don’t make it sound so good.


        • Justin St.Denis

          And fun! Maybe there is some fun in islam after all!;-)

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The Israeli Navy is more likely to tow the ship to Israel, unload the cargo and send the non-contraband items into Gaza through the official crossing. If contraband is found, all bets are off.

  • wallyj180

    It is a legal blockade.

    What is wrong with these fools ?
    I’d wait until they breached the blockade, then board and arrest them all, and sink the ship. Put them on trial, and give them the max if found guilty.

    If they want to return home as heroes, let them be 10 years older and maybe a bit wiser.

  • ontario john

    I didn’t know the united church had members in Sweden.

    • Frau Katze

      Their spiritual bros.

  • truthdareisay

    I would have the Israeli navy redirect the Flotilla to Syria.. Quite sure some Syrians need help…

  • Jay Currie

    I hear that Egypt has a Navy and I also hear that Egypt is blockading Gaza.


    • HeyMoHeresSomeBacon

      That’s totally different. That’s one group of Arab Muslims protecting themselves and their interests against another group of Muslims Arabs who wish to do them great harm.
      Jews, specifically Israeli Jews aren’t allowed the same right.
      However, I suppose the Egyptian Navy could board and/or force back the flotilla and nobody would give a damn. Hey, maybe Sisi will do Bibi a solid.

  • tom_billesley

    I’d recommend a stop at Tobruk and Derna, Libya. No need to ask for permission.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    I suppose I’m the only one who just kinda hopes this time the Israelis blow these assholes out of the water and maybe the next bunch of assholes will think better of it. :-/

  • zee

    I thought they might cancel after their first mate died.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Of course it set sail from Sweden of all places. smh

  • Justin St.Denis

    Nice boat. Let’s sink it.

  • Nic

    Hopefully their engines will break down somewhere in the Mediterranean and they’ll drift into pirates bay errrr…. into the coast of Libya.

  • sonomaca

    Swedes are really the #1 Jew haters in Europe.

    BTW: What were to happen if Israeli “fisherman” were to engage the Jew haters? Israel really can’t be expected to exert control over all its fishing vessels, now can it?

  • Gaian

    These terrorist sympathizers have tried this before and have always failed. They will not be allowed to dock this time either.