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Mankell to sail on next Gaza aid flotilla

AFP/The Local · 25 May 2011, 15:29

Published: 25 May 2011 15:29 GMT+02:00

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Mankell, the author of the popular Wallander series of detective novels, will be among a total of 20 Swedish participants in the "Freedom Flotilla 2," Ship to Gaza Sweden said in a statement.

"Interest in participating in the Freedom Flotilla has been enormous and we have been forced to turn down many people who wanted to show their solidarity with practical actions," the organisers said, providing the names of eight of the Swedes scheduled to take part.

The Swedes, who also include a parliamentarian and a midwife, will be among the "thousands" of pro-Palestinian activists from around the world set to participate in the convoy, the statement said.

Mankell was one of 11 Swedes who participated in last year's aid flotilla of six ships carrying 682 people from 42 countries that headed for Gaza despite warnings from Israel, which is blockading the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory.

Israeli marines swarmed aboard the Turkish flagship of the flotilla bound for Gaza, killing nine Turks in international waters and plunging ties with Ankara into deep crisis.

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Upon his return to Sweden after that ordeal, Mankell charged that "all the ships (in the flotilla) were hijacked, and this was really piracy."

"What will happen next year when we come back with hundreds of boats? Will (Israel) fire a nuclear bomb?" he asked.

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15:38 May 25, 2011 by donutwallah
Oh dear! I admire Mankell as a writer, but in this he is surely deluded.
15:44 May 25, 2011 by me_i_sverige
Now he wants to publicize himself around the globe. Hope they'd give him the fame he is looking for. Good Luck.
15:50 May 25, 2011 by Swedesmith
Mankell, the white Jesse Jackson.
15:54 May 25, 2011 by motti
Even the red cross and others have confirmed there is no humanitarian crisis or food shortage in Gaza. I can only assume he will go to Gaza and swim in the olympic sized swimming pool and no doubt shop in the huge mall, like the markets will be full of cheap items.

Of course, he will also be expected to bring back some duty free.

What a moron
15:56 May 25, 2011 by Grokh
Great take more weapons to them -_-x
16:10 May 25, 2011 by Beavis
Will he be havign the same provos on the boat as last time?Hope its sinked in that case
16:16 May 25, 2011 by Avidror
Now I remember him telling how he saw activists of the last flotilla being shot while sleeping... when the truth is that he was on board the Sofia, a vessel in which nobody was shot.

How a so magnificent novelist lets himself to be deceived to such an extent?
16:19 May 25, 2011 by kristianj
He will be able to participate at the opening of the biggest shopping center in gaza. it is opening in mid june. lots of designers shops, supermarket, play aerea for children.
16:29 May 25, 2011 by Tanskalainen
May the ship sink with this hypocrite on it. Before the Balfore declaration no one in the west give a damn about the "Palestinians" and after Israel is destroyed no one will care about them again. It's all b.s.. How convenient that "sympathy" for the Palestinians can be used as an excuse to kill Jews. Nothing ever really changes. Hitler's propaganda minister said " I am not an anti-semite, I have lots of Arab friends".
17:06 May 25, 2011 by calebian22
Freedom Flotilla 2, will be as successful as the first installment. Long live Israel!
17:20 May 25, 2011 by Carbarrister
Henning is bound and determined to prove the validity of natural selection and be an active participant.
18:06 May 25, 2011 by johnny1939
Hope they all know how to swim. Hypocrites!
18:16 May 25, 2011 by tomsawyerlvx
I hope do you not find a new invisibles' fish near Israel, is case I check my pocket. Please, not include wooden swords in your baggage.

Well, I think...
18:19 May 25, 2011 by star10
Gaza is a big prison run by Isreal. No question about that. People in Gaza are forced to smuggle food and medicine through tunnels due to the Isreali blockade. How can you keep the entire population in such situation? How can you take people's land by force and keep on building your own house (the so called settlments)? And those who stand against the brutal Israeli occupation of Gaza stand morally superior to those who abuse the historical suffering by the Jewish people to advance their oppressive agendas. Note also that there are thousands of Jewish people who oppose the brutal Israeli opression.
18:36 May 25, 2011 by Rishonim
They will do more good if they take a short diversion into Syria. I think the poor Syrians could use some good ol fashion solidarity as they are blundered by their Army and no one seem to care.
18:43 May 25, 2011 by technoviking
@ star10

Ask the cold blooded Hamas terrorists who rule there why they have blockades.
19:22 May 25, 2011 by Tanskalainen
@star10 You asked, "How can you take people's land by force and keep on building houses on it?" Ask the Russians. They took Karelia from the Finns and built houses on it and they are still there.
19:33 May 25, 2011 by Iraniboy
It is shocking and disgusting how some of the posters here are delighted by the fact that many participants in previous flotilla were massacred. It says a lot about your extremely low moral values. Unfortunately for some you who supported this killing, modernity has only reached your pocket and not your brain!
20:37 May 25, 2011 by GLO
Pro Terrorist and Proud of it ! Wow.......
20:58 May 25, 2011 by calebian22

Remember when Hamas murdered their Palestinian brothers from Fatah in 2006/07? These thugs are who Mankel and his ilk are supporting. That is shocking and disgusting. .
21:18 May 25, 2011 by viper
PalestinePalestinians were not terrorist, for last half century Israel has Supressed Palestinians to such a degree that only possible way left for Palestinians was to resist in any possible way. Henning Mankell and other human right activists have shown great courage earlier and gave us a glimpse of how brutal Israeli regime and military are. I hope he and his fellow human right activists will provide us a glimpse of actual situation in Palestine particularly in Gaza. We must be thankful to all Human right activists for their courage and initiative.

If terrorism is killing of human belonging to other ethnic groups then Israel is even bigger terrorist in comparison to Palestine as it has killed roughly times more Palestinians.

No one give a damn to Pro-israel comments/propaganda given on this page, as it is crystal clear from television and print media how Israel keep Palestinians deprived of their legal rights.
21:24 May 25, 2011 by Iraniboy

We're not talking about Hamas or Israel. I was talking about some of us who call ourselves human but enjoy watching others being killed. These people and human activists are not helping Hamas. Last time the flotilla was raged there were no gun or anything similar on it. It was just food. If we have reached that level of inhumanity that we can't see some of us feeding some other hungry humans, then we should stop calling ourselves human.
21:27 May 25, 2011 by Grokh

very interesting, Caroline Fourest very very smart tacking the idiocy of both leftist parties and conservative parties as well as breaking down the idea that whatever criticizes islam is racist .
21:27 May 25, 2011 by Elias06
Its amazing to see that there is a bunch of anti-arabs, anti-muslims, anti-palestine and pro-israel always commenting on the local....always the same doctors commenting...my theory is either :

1- you work for israel or the far right parties

2- you are sick

3- you have nothing to do in life

i would say both 2 and 3
21:27 May 25, 2011 by Jotunn

"Gaza is a big prison run by Isreal. No question about that. People in Gaza are forced to smuggle food and medicine through tunnels due to the Isreali blockade."

Gaza borders Egypt too and nobody complains about Egypt blockading Gaza.
21:36 May 25, 2011 by Iraniboy
In 2010, the International Committee of the Red Cross said the blockade was a clear violation of international humanitarian law.
21:36 May 25, 2011 by Tanskalainen
@Elias06 What does your eight year old circumcised wife say about this topic? Oh, I forgot, you don't consult her because she is female.
21:46 May 25, 2011 by Abbot
Nice try, Iraniboy. Anyone can YouTube the videos that show that the TURKS made the first attacks on those ships and earned every bullet pumped into them they got.
21:55 May 25, 2011 by Iraniboy

First attack in the middle of international waters without any gun? You are right if they had planned to attack the fish in sea!


I hope you feel better now after saying this slander. I'm just afraid that your hatred and anger make you to harm those whom you hate so deeply. I hope you are not in Sweden anyway.
22:04 May 25, 2011 by Infart
@ Iraniboy-

Are you blind?? Did you see those Israeli soldiers land on the boat and how they were attacked?? I believe one was even shot. I know another one was stabbed. Your one-sidedness really takes away the credibility from your argument.
22:15 May 25, 2011 by Elias06
@tanskalalnen hahahaha i see that my did a good effect on you,

my wife is 27 yo swedish blond beautiful the kind of beautiful girl who dont date scared syckos guys like you who have no cojones in life, and spend their unworthy time throwing their hate and sickness on a website read by 100 persons per year...you are jsut a looser
22:20 May 25, 2011 by LeoKinmann
There is one simple truth that has been ignored by whoever brings Hitler's name into discussion. Using Hitler to justify the Israeli territorial expansion, IS abusing the historical suffering of the Jewish people. Did the innocent people who perished in the Holocaust want a land of their own? Of course they did. Did they want to do so by letting other ethnicities suffer horrible fate? I doubt that. On one side we have the neo-nazism rising everywhere in the western countries, on the other side, the genocide of Palestinians by the hands of those who once suffered. Both sides are committing the same atrocity to the memory of history, by denying it and forgetting its invaluable lesson.
22:41 May 25, 2011 by star10
@Jotunn, Techno, Tanska: I agree with you. Israel can only deserve to be compared to bloody and occupier groups. Israel occupies because the Russians did. Israel kills because Hamas does it anyway. Israel's camp is that of apartied and occupiers.
23:24 May 25, 2011 by B n B
I think that it is really nice idea that Mankell is travelling with food to Gaza, that for sure can bring health and prosperty. with no doubt he will be able to have nice material for his next book, or prehaps even better brink Ikea to the srteet of Gaza?
00:41 May 26, 2011 by Abbot
@star 10

'Gaza is a big prison run by Isreal. No question about that. People in Gaza are forced to smuggle food and medicine through tunnels due to the Isreali blockade.'

If they have to smuggle their food and medicine through tunnels, then where do they have the time, money and resources to get all those rockets and mortars?
05:27 May 26, 2011 by Investor612
LeoKinmann forgets one thing. The so-called territorial expansion took place only after repeated attacks by the Arabs intended to annihilate Israel.

There's no genocide of the Palestinians. If the Palestinians ever prevail you'll see actual genocide.
10:04 May 26, 2011 by star10

Do the children in Gaza smuggle weapons? The Jewish people were victims of collective punishment by the European states. Now the Israeli government is doing similiar punishment against the Gaza population. Gaza is the only concentration camp today in the world. People in Gaza are forced to smuggle even sheep and goats (because sheep and goats are "suspected of being turned into bombs"). That is why thousdans of fair-minded Jewish are strongly against the Isreali appartied goverment. The Isreal government is in fact abusing not only the Palestinians, but also the Jewish people for their histroy is marketed to propagate crimes against Paletine civilians.
10:23 May 26, 2011 by Hagrid

"the genocide of Palestinians by the hands of those who once suffered"

What "genocide"? There is absolutely nothing remotely similar between the Jewish Holocaust by the hand of the Nazis, and the current Israeli-Palestinians conflct. Do you even know what genocide is? Please cite credible sources to support your claim of "genocide of Palestinians", or admit you're talking absolute nonsense.
10:24 May 26, 2011 by prince T
Egypt borders will be open as from Saturday. Mankell and his trouble makers should go through Egypt. There is no need for them to cause any provocations at Israel borders
11:13 May 26, 2011 by johnny1939
Reading all the comments to this sad situation, one can see, why there will never be peace in this part of the world.
13:11 May 26, 2011 by wenddiver
Do they have the proper permits to transport toxic wastes by Sea????

Isreal will handle them appropriatly I am sure. Boats of creeps.
13:25 May 26, 2011 by star10
@prince T

The Gaza watersare not Isreali borders. They are occupied Palistinian territories.
13:25 May 26, 2011 by Frank Arbach
Don't think anyone would minimize the seriousness of the situation in the mid-east.

Its just all this 'holier than thou' gesture politics bit by Mankell shows how far on Cloud 7 he is
14:40 May 26, 2011 by LeoKinmann
Hagrid and Investor612, did even you know the word "genocide" was coined by a Jewish lawyer?


Unlike the Holocaust, most of these genocides are not as focused on. Surely the fact that genocide has occurred must be condemned no matter who were the victims. Indeed, this seems to be the feeling of many Holocaust survivors themselves.They believe it is crucial to recognize, condemn and fight genocides wherever they are happening, no matter whether it involves a few thousand or millions.

In 1944, Polish-Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the word "genocide" by combining "geno," from the Greek word for race or tribe, with "cide" from the Latin word for killing. He proposed that genocide consists of "a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves."

Has this been happening in Palestine? According to the history of the founding of Israel, thousands of violent actions have been committed against one group of people: Palestinians. More than 535 villages were destroyed, thousands of residents were massacred and around 800,000 people were driven from their homes by force or fear of force. This process is described by Israeli historian Ilan Pappé and others as 'the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.' Since genocide is essentially the annihilation of a group, surely this is genocide.


Hagrid, the death of millions of Jews in the Holocaust-level of genocide doesn't mean the death of thousands of Palestinians doesn't make it a genocide. It's not more justified to kill thousands than kill millions. Now, Investor612, show me the sources of your claim on territorial expansion. Or I'll use a quote of your friend Hagrid: "admit you're talking absolute nonsense."
14:46 May 26, 2011 by Syftfel
I'm glad Lefty Mankell is making this trip. I would be even gladder if it were on a one-way ticket.
18:45 May 26, 2011 by Kublai
I really hope it is the last we see of that terrorist-supporter and his cohorts. I hope the boat sinks and we never hear of them again.
19:11 May 26, 2011 by Iraniboy
@Kublai and Syftfel Nemesis, ...

I really wonder what is the difference between Alqaida terrorist supporters and you. You both support killing of people whom you don't like!!
22:18 May 26, 2011 by guliver
Hamas who lead Gaza does not recognize the right of Israel to exsist.

They smuggled missles inside Gaza and shoting on our cities.

They hide themselves among the civilian population while attacking us.

Gaza is under military blockade.

Huminitary aid cross every day with trucks thruogh Erez ,Karni and Kerem Shalom gates with the aid of UN agents. between Israel and Gaza.

Another possibility is through Eygpt and Rafah cross.

Any tentative to break this blockade will be stop by the Israeli navy.
23:00 May 26, 2011 by wenddiver
@guliver- Hang in there Guliver we all know who the terrorists are. The Free World has complete faith, that the Israeli Military will do the right thing with this Flotilla of Terrorist supporters.

Your Prime Minister Mr. Netanyahu made a really great speech in the US the other day about Israel and the US. Very inspiring, His use of the English Language is really superb. Be assurred the US intends to be Israel's Allie all the way to Armengedon and eventual Victory.
14:52 May 27, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
Well, we shall all soon see where this (Gaza flotilla voyage) leads.

On the one hand, the Israeli security forces may deal firmly, but fairly with the ship and its cargo - may well discover weapons and point out courteously to Mr Mankell that maybe he was 'duped', before arranging his return home.

On the other hand, the Israelis may decide to 'take no prisoners' and hand a 'propaganda coup' to all who say there is no difference between them and 'terrorists'
15:02 May 27, 2011 by MarshaLynn
Why is it that famous liberals are so prone to being deceived like this? Why do they believe the lies told by the terrorist organization Hamas? Israel is merely trying to survive on a tiny piece of land surrounded by Muslim nations whose Koran states that Jews are pigs who should be killed. These people declare openly they desire the total destruction of Israel. The leader of Iran denies there was a Jewish Holocaust in Germany. Why have the Muslim nations refused to permit Palestinians to be absorbed into own countries? Why do they draw maps that do not include the nation of Israel? Why do they refuse to recognize officially that Israel even exists? Muslim extremism is a serious threat to the rest of the world, and especially to Israel. Take the deceptive glasses off of your eyes. It is too dangerous a situation to be ignorant about.
16:26 May 27, 2011 by Tanskalainen
@Elias06 Does your Swedish wife know your a pufta?
17:23 May 27, 2011 by guliver

before the conflict on the Marmara they were kindly ordered by the Israeli navy to stop the vessel and to let the soldiers to check if there are weapons on board, instead they refused to stop the ship and the attacked the soldiers who boarded the ship with all kind of hot and cold weapons,a soldier was seriosly wounded in his head and lost his conscious after severe wound ,in that moment in which they tried to lynch the soldiers ,the soldiers opened fire ,and it was right answer for their violance,

By the way the next vessel after the Marmara showed just passive resistence they were arrested and nobody was was killed
18:54 May 27, 2011 by guliver
I guess we shell do any effort to avoid that blood episode again, it did not bring us any good image in the world ,but we have to avoid the tranfer of weapons to Gaza ,after all that missiles hite many houses in my village Sderot and caused already during the last 8 years many causalties among civilian , I guess the army will try to stop them without killing and with minimum hiting maybee using weapons against demonstrations.

But every shot from a gun versus the soldiers will finish badly
19:38 May 27, 2011 by technoviking
They can go through Egypt now if this is about aid and not intentionally causing trouble...

But of course they won't do that.
21:12 May 27, 2011 by guliver
Most of trucks with all goods are transfered through Israel Kerem Shalom passage, we see that huge trucks every day with pause in time we were under Kasam shelling,but Eygpt allowed passage of goods during all that time ,now they will open the passage for a longer time during the day,they get also the electricity from us because the power station in Gaza is too weak

most of products in shops of Gaza are made in Israel ,they try to hide it from the customers but the costumers know exactly from where come the product,
22:14 May 27, 2011 by astra2thor6
I hope that on this occasion Henning Mankell will report on what he sees and not what he is told by anti-Jewish activists.

MarshaLyn I have not read the Koran, but I doubt that it denigrates the Jews; on each minaret below the crescent are three balls of different sizes, the smallest represents Christianity, the second the Jewish faith, and the largest Islam.

Lastly, how many of you commentators have lived either in Gaza or the Israeli settlements abutting Gaza? It appears that most of your comments are based on ignorance flavoured with bigotry!
08:32 May 28, 2011 by guliver
I guess if one really want to find a peacfull solution to that ships one can find it, for example agents from the UN can check the ship and testify there are not missiles there,or the ship can travel to Eygpt and from there the goods will be transfered by trucks to Gaza ,

Many goods are coming from Europe to Ashdod Israeli southern port,there the men of the sending companies in Israel together with Israeli costumers check the containers and signed it, after that the UNRA agents in Israel travel with the goods directly to Gaza through one of the passes-Kerem Shalom,Karni,Erez.

Besides that all milk product ,meat, vegetables are coming from Israel directly in Gaza they write on that products in Arabic because they do not want that the people there will notice it come from us but they know any way
08:47 May 28, 2011 by Iraniboy
I hope that all of you who support terrorism and killing of this guy are either living outside Sweden or introduce yourself to a clinic so your dangerous lethal mindset is corrected.
12:55 May 28, 2011 by guliver
No one like wars ,no one have pleasure to kill,

Wars must be avoided and leaders must do evertthing they can to resolve the political issues in peacefull ways,

On 29.11,47 the UN recognize the right of Israel to exsist and the division of Palestine in 2 states a Jewish on and an arab -Palestinian one,

Ben Gurion called on the same day all arabs to respect that decision and to avoid violance,instead the arabs and the Palestinians rejected it and attacked us 4 times:1948.1956,1967,1973, we have the right to defend our country.

These people on the Marmara had to sit quite and let the soldiers check that ship ,instead they attacked them with all kind of weapons,

the poor result is in the responsability of the aggressors
13:42 May 28, 2011 by Abbot
Oops. There's no need for this grandstanding flotilla anymore. Egypt has just permanently opened its border with Gaza.
18:29 May 28, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
What words of consolation can a poor man give?

The Flotilla to Gaza is nothing short of a provocation, when the Rafah crossing is now open...

In my view, anti-Semitism has many disguises when it rears its ugly head.

“The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.”

The last temptation could also be the greatest treason, to do the wrong thing for the wrong reason.

I don't know if there's any truth in this - back in 2009 - or what it means:


Mankell should leave his manuscript and that bundle of ladies underwear behind him this time

as he sets sail in July, for what could be The Last Voyage ( a bad move, but a good movie)

Of man-kell mice and men...

This too is a good poem:

18:31 May 29, 2011 by Citoyen Philippe
The man is very aggressive against ISRAEL. Poor man !

People of SWEDEN! remember this fact!

The first airplane hijackings were directed against ISRAEL.

And today against all the planes in the world !

We saw military forces in cities and towns of ISRAEL

And a lot of Eurpean people were laughing about it.

And now, we can see military forces in our cities.

To day the right of ISRAEL to exist is contested in many streets in Europe.

And tomorrow .....EUROPE perhaps ?

ISRAEL can't return to the 1967 borders for security.

And We aggree to share Palestine but the Palestine before the british mandate which included "so called" Jordan.

If Jerusalem would be divided all the Christians must fled away.

Where is "West Bank" ? We are sorry but we didn't found it on geographic maps.

We found Judea and Samaria.
22:12 May 29, 2011 by wenddiver
If Israel goes back to it's 1967 Borders will Europe go back to it's 1500's Border and allow Islam to enslave everbody up to the Outskirts of Vienna???

Will you return to giving the Islaic Caliphate young European Males to be used asSlaves or turned into Janisieri Soldiers to fight for Islam?

Will you give young Females to the Caliphate to be sold as Sex slaves?

Will you pay tribute to the Pirates of the Islamic Caliphate to get your kidnapped Sailors back?

Will you pay your Dhemi tax for not being a Muslim?

CAREFUL WORLD, when you want to return to the past with Islam. It is a past of horror and evil, Murder and Slavery, what you do to Israel may visit your home and family.

Truely an Evil ideology.

For Muslims who wish to live in peace with Israel thhere are daily prayers in a Mosque built on top of Israels holiest site the Temple Mount, only the terrorists who wish to destry Israel are not welcomed.

Archeology proves that the borders of ancient Israel are much larger than what she currently controls.
23:01 May 29, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
There is hunger in the world and many kinds of poverty:


Mr. Mankell and crew are ostensibly on a mission to deliver food and medicine not to anywhere else in the world in need, but only to their destination of choice: Gaza.

Right now, this is one of the many problems that Israel faces: weapons being smuggled into Gaza by sea - ( not to mention the possibility of the same via the Rafah Crossing that Egypt has now opened...


Should their Flotilla 2 of a thousand ships set sail in July, at all cost what has to be avoided is premeditated violence and ( Osama bin Ladin's watery grave is more than enough) what we would not like to see is any more burials at sea

09:50 May 30, 2011 by Nemesis
@ Cornelius Hamelberg

The hypocrisy of this whole event is incredible.

Everyone is attacking Israel, yet until a few weeks ago the majority of the food reaching Gaza came from Israel as the Egyptians refused to allow trade or aid.

During the last four years none of the so called protest groups or flottila supporters would even mention the Rafah crossing. They only protested against the Israeili crossings.

If the protesters had protested against both the Egpytian and Israeli blockades I would have actually supported what they were doing, but they made clear they would only protest against Israeli actions, but not the Egyptians.

The Egyptian occupation of Gaza before the Israeli's, was actually the worst occupation of Gaza since the first Jihad. No one protested that.

Also Gaza was for almost 3000 years a majority Jewish city. The pograms of the 1929 when Jews were reduced to a very low level in Gaza and then 47-48 when the rest of the Jews were forced out are never mentioned. A large proportion of those living in Gaza now are living in homes that were forcibly taken from Jews in 1929. Why is no one protesting that.

The problem is, everyone only mentions muslims and there suffering. No one mentions the tens of thousands of various trypes of christian people uprooted by both sides or the entire cities of jews that were removed in pogroms.

It appears that only one group is allowed to be a victim and that all other suffering was acceptable. The blatant anti-semtism of those involved in the flotilla is there for all to see. Just talk to anyone of them or check there past statements and you will find out for yourself, what they are really about.

No one talks about that.
14:30 May 30, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Nemesis, this is the way I see it:

If it was only hypocrisy, that is beating in their chests - but it's not just that. It's a very aggressive, malignant anti-Semitism disguised as righteous, humanitarian concern for the alleged starving Gaza inhabitants of Hamastan.

Nobody is starving in Gaza. Nor is there a shortage of medicine etc and whereas there are many places in the world where people are suffering from a desperate shortage of food and medicine, for the moment, that seems to be of less concern to the Flotilla people.


The last Flotilla was hell bent on a confrontation by defying the blockade and resisting a peaceful inspection, with pre-meditated violence. We are to suppose that if it were a blockade being maintained by the US or Russian Navy or Iran or North Korea, it would have been a slightly different matter – Mankell would probably not have been on board. We are also to suppose that if it takes force to maintain the blockade the next Flotilla will hope to blame whatever happens not on themselves but on Israel. It's simple. Those who are longing for martyrdom are hoping that their longing will be fulfilled.


Flotilla 2 does not consist in Saudi Arabia and the neighbouring Gulf countries who are of course emotionally and physically closer to Gaza than Brothers Mankell and Mattias Gardell of the Flotilla Brotherhood.

If you were to ask the Hamas government people who are still mourning the death of Osama bin Laden whether they would prefer Flotilla 2 to bring food, medicines and building materials or weapons, I'm sure that the terrorist organisation would much prefer that Henning Mankell and friends brought them weapons and materials with which they could build weapons of mass destruction, to carry on their jihad against the Jewish State which they claim they do not recognise, but still want to obliterate.

We have still not heard Mankell advising Hamas to stop firing their missiles into Israel.

Nor have we heard Mankell in a spirit of Humanitarian concern beg Hamas to release Gilad Shalit who they have held prisoner since 2006 and not allowed even a visit by the Red Cross.

Since weapons smuggling to Gaza is a very serious problem it is of course the duty of the Israeli government to stop and search all ships on the way to Gaza to ensure that no weapons arrive in Gaza, through any of the available smuggling routes, by tunnels under the ground, by land, through the now opened Gaza crossing or by sea. That is the reason for the naval blockade.

And Hamas has not renounced terrorism.

The re-opened Rafah crossing poses some of the problems mentioned here:


Question is what does Flotilla2 want to achieve by defying the blockade?

That the commodities being transported by ships should be free to arrive in Gaza without the Israel navy taking the time necessary to ascertain that the cargoes do not include smuggled weapons or materials that can be used to manufacture weapons etc.?
19:00 May 30, 2011 by guliver
Since Rafah cross is open,and everything can be transfered now without Israel control there are some politican in Israel now that think it will be enough to let them pass through Eygpt ,Eygpt still do not permit weapons to pass from Sinai to Gaza and most of the missles are smuggled through the tunnels between Eygpt and Gaza in illegal way.

Israel will have probably to compare between a risk of a violant and bad picture abroad and the amount of the danger let the ships passing without checking them

noebody know for a sure what will be done..
20:14 May 31, 2011 by wenddiver
@Gulliver- You are trying to apply logic to the situation and Arab terrorists and animals with Rabbies have no logic. They have to be hunted down and destroyed. It i the only cure for terrorism and Rabbies.
21:03 May 31, 2011 by guliver

thank you for your strong support,it is rare to find somebody who thinks like you these days.even here in Israel there was a debate between the people -if we could have stoped the Marmara without that tragedy...

yes we live with this kind of terrorism for the last 63 years ,they are not going to accept our right to exsist ,but Israel is unfortunatly not alone in the western world, we depend also on the the support of the European States and we can not behave like cowboys in the wild west ,it can harm our relations with the European countries with whom we have strong cultural and economical relations,so we affraid to lose that support which was giving us by now,

The government here says they will stop any ship which will try to break the blocade of our navy,but still maybee Israel will accept a controll of the ships by other neutral state ,no body knows by now what will hapen......
21:45 May 31, 2011 by wenddiver
@Gulliver- Don't worry to much about the yipping Poodles who sell to the Terrorist supporting Dictatorships too much. They are toeing the Russian line, because they are dependent on them for Oil and Natural gas, but if push comes to shove they will be on our side, because the crazies have no chance of winning.

Israel's nukes and US Israeli air Superiority ensre there will always be an Israel. Terrorists can kill and murder, but they can not build a true Demcracy, it's against their nature. Murder yes they can do that, living Free and Good lives no they can't. You can not build a good cake out of bad ingredients.

The whole World can see the Mosque on the Temple Mount preserved by Israeli soldiers guarding it, what Arab country would protect a synagouge put up on one of Islam's religous sites?

This war is not about establishing Palestein, it's about defending the Free World from the terrorists.
11:12 June 1, 2011 by motti
Mankell, visit the olympic sized swimming pool in Gaza and visit the new ultra modern shopping mall. Demand to see the Israeli soldier captive by Hamas for over 4 years. Your friend's will not deny you this as they did the Red Cross.

Visit Sderot and ask how people can live with the ongoing threat of missile attacks every day. Ask the children there how they bearup having to live in underground shelters. See neighbouring towns also hit by missiles, speak with their inhabitants.

you and your ilk have been captivated by the Arabs with their ignorant and knowingly false statements, all too redily accepted by you. Why? Because in your heart, you hate the Jewish people who stand for common decency (yes, we have faults too). The far left Socialists died in Russia, despaingly, this cancerous growth continues to grow in what was a prosperous Europe. They have betrayed ordinary people.

Ask Hamas, the PLO where the US$billions donated by the world to their cause has been spent and stored. The cause of Palestine is the greatest hoax of the last century and continues to grow,

Mankell, read up your history of Zimbabwe before you makee speeches. Once you have done that, read historical documentation from the Ottoman empire to date concerning "Palestine." As well versed person, you are also a moronic cretin whho needs facts before fiction.
13:07 June 1, 2011 by etabori
One Italian "useful idiot" called Vittorio Arrigoni was kidnapped & murdered by Gaza Palestinians ( 1 of them a Hamas member) I hope publicity hungry Mankell meets the same fate. Palestinians had offered Arrigoni what they do best- murder.
22:56 June 1, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Let us hope that Mankell does not meet the same fate, even if he should be at the forefront screaming in Swedish or Arabic, “Give me liberty or give me death!” or like Nathan Hale, “ "I only regret, that I have but one life to lose for my country."

Ban Ki-Moon the Secretary- General of The United Nations has himself been pleading with organizers and supporters of the Flotilla 2, to prevent the launching of the Flotilla on a mission to Gaza – in defiance of the naval blockade.


Flotilla 2 is due to depart from European shores on 20th June. One thing is certain: Mankell is not going to dock at any kind of Gaza harbour.

Should he arrive in Gaza in one piece - via the Rafah Crossing - to take part in the kick-starting of the Third Intifada as the Gazans march on to their borders with Israel to provoke a confrontation on the land let us pray that Mankell the thriller writer himself does not go down in legend as the first Swedish martyr of the Second Freedom Flotilla & the Third Intifada – because the Gazans' march on Israel's borders and all the other proposed marches on Israel's borders - variously being reported here, do not have any peaceful intentions:

09:16 June 2, 2011 by wenddiver
Summer Cruise for Terrorists, IRA from Northerm Ireland, the Bomb Throwing WEATHERMEN from the US, HAMAS Murdeerrs from Gaza, Muslim Brotherhood from Eygpt with Anwar Saddats blood on their hands, yes it's a funfilled carnival of those who used to get money from the STASSI and KGB for committing murder in the world outside of the Iron curtain. A real life Bad Guy convention. Come for the ride and get your own Blood splattered T-Shirt and Who would Lenin Kill arm band.
16:55 June 2, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
At his public lectures, Professor Jan Hjärpe used to remind his Swedish audiences that in the good old days of the Ottoman Empire which came to and end in 1918 or thereabouts Sweden was paying Jizya tax to the Turkish authorities to ensure Swedish Ships safe passage on the high seas. That was part of the Old World Order. It's now a new world order.

Today Turkey laments the passing of the good old days as a result of the Arab revolt against them ( the Turks) even as they aspire to full European Union Membership. And so they want to get as many Europeans as possible on board their flotilla.

Today, there's an on-going rivalry between Iran and Turkey ( neither of them Arabs) for Islamic influence and leadership North of the Tropic of Cancer. Turkey is now at the centre of action about Gaza and Flotilla number 2. Iran seems to be completely out of it, although we should not put it past them volunteering, and they may well volunteer to provide a naval escort for Flotilla 2 as a show of military muscle which they aspire to - and to win some influence in the matter. But they have their own problems with “ construction materials.” etc...

As the Gaza Flotilla 2 of 15 ships and 1,500 passengers with Mankell on board enters the conflict and sets sail for territorial waters, we hope that Mankell doesn't get mangled by yet another Dr. Mengele. Never mind the eulogies and posthumous accolades for bravery that he may receive...

This is for your attention please:



The mere presence of “construction materials” on board, means that Flotilla 2 is seeking confrontation on the high seas and within Israel's territorial waters, because some of the “construction materials” could be used for the construction of items that could be used for military purposes, such as launching pads or even rockets. The Flotilla 2 will therefore have to be inspected , even if there are a thousand such ships to be inspected, to prevent such materials being imported into Gaza. It is unreasonable to expect the Israeli authorities to take the organizers' word for it that there are no such items on board – or that ships have been cleared by other authorities or inspectors before leaving port.

What sort of sounds are coming out of Sweden?

These are the signs :

Catherine Ashton the Vice-president and high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, says, “I do not consider a flotilla to be the right response to the humanitarian situation in Gaza.”

Ran Curiel, Israel's ambassador to the European Union , says the Flotilla is “a clear political provocation.”

Charles Tannock, British Conservative MP in the European Parliament says the Flotilla is an “incredibly irresponsible and hostile action.”

“International Solidarity Movement Hopes Americans will be Killed in Gaza Flotilla “


Israel's navy trains for second major Gaza flotilla


Canada warns against involvement in Gaza flotilla:


The Dutch Government has placed some of the Flotilla people on the terror list:


Britain too condemns the proposed Flotilla:


Let's hope that some enemy submarines and sharks are not in the vicinity. They could well torpedo a boat or two in the Flotilla's armada and blame it all on you know who...
20:08 June 4, 2011 by guliver
Let's hope everything will end peacefully ,that they will obay the order to change their travel city to Ashdod or Alexandria in Eygpt ,because by now our government is decided not to let them cross to Gaza and the army is preaperainig some other modalities to stop them , that is what was said on the TV news here couple days ago, at least I do hope that they will be able to stop them with minimal phisical damage....
22:09 June 4, 2011 by wenddiver
Anybody signing up for the IIyas Kashmini seminars during the Terrorist Flotilla should seek additional entertainment opportunities. IIyas foundly remebered for planning to murder Lars Viks and his role in the Mumbai Massacre will not be available for this or any other engagements as Al Quaeda has confirmed that he was killed in a traffic accident. It seems he ran into a Hellfire Missile fired by a US Predator Drone in Pakistan along the border with Afganistan. Funeral arrangements are being handled y the US Government and people interested in attending should contact their nearest CIA targeting officer or the booking Office of Qitmo Family resort/Spa for Life in Sunny Cuba.

A spokesman for the Family said he will be missed by all, except the US, who got him right in the throat with a really big missile, from a long way off.
22:59 June 4, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
The fallout from Flotilla 1 was immense. Mankell & Co became super-heroes of their cause.

There's no doubt that there are a number of would-be martyrs on Flotilla 2 , deliberately heading for confrontation and since we all know this, the sensible thing to do is to dissuade Flotilla 2 from setting sail, failing which they will be held legally responsible if they do not comply with the instructions they will be given by the Israeli navy...

18:56 June 5, 2011 by wenddiver
WWGP- What would George Patton do? Water board them all, until dead.
12:15 June 6, 2011 by motti
A pity, he did not attend the demonstration on the Golan Heights. The Syrian government has given $1000 to each dmonstrator, which is quite a lot of money in Syria. Perhaps Mankell has no need for this paltry sum of of money. The numbers these was actually quite small, probably all waiting for the far safer trip to Gaza
13:08 June 6, 2011 by Nemesis
@ wenddiver

Regarding your comment about a summer terrorist cruise.

The people from Ireland that will be on board that ship, are not from the IRA.

They are dissident supporters of the Real IRA and Continuity IRA. They fully oppose the peace process in Northern Ireland which there ex-comrades in the IRA, have fully signed up to. They oppose peaace at any cost.

They are responsible for the Omagh bombing, the 2009 Massereene Barracks shooting which killed two british soldiers and a catholic police officer in April of this year.

The supporters of the second convoy who only protest against Israeli acts, but never Egyptian acts, are full supporters of those murders. Several of them have publicly supported those killings.

The Swedish support website which openly fundraises for those terrorists is at:

14:19 June 6, 2011 by guliver
As Israeli I am not against transporting of food,health stuff,cloth,or any civil needs for Gaza.

But some one must look they do not transport weapons on board like they did with Karin A,

Israeli navy is good, Eygptain customers are ok ,UN agents are ok,

or they can pass with their goods from Ashdod port to Gaza trough Kerem Shalom pass,

or they can pass trough El Arish port in Eygpt and from there trough Rafah passage in Gaza.

If they refuse that modalities and choose to go to provocations with our navy, try to reach Gaza without any control they will have to face our navy again.
16:42 June 6, 2011 by Rick Methven

"The supporters of the second convoy who only protest against Israeli acts, but never Egyptian acts, are full supporters of those murders. Several of them have publicly supported those killings."

I hope you are able to provide solid evidence of your outburst in your trial for criminal slander.

The link to this thread has been sent to those who you accuse
20:14 June 6, 2011 by Nemesis
@ Rick Methven

Take your threats elsewhere. They mean nothing to me.
08:11 June 7, 2011 by wenddiver
@Nemisis- You are of course correct, I certainly salutr the IRA turning away from terrorism and taking part in a United Government in Northern Ireland that supports the rights of all citizens. My comment was wrongly based on associating the IRA of today with the IRA terrorists who were on the other side during the Cold War.

@Rick Methven- What troubled little patch of Jungle produced somebody like yourself, hating Western Culture and constantly trying to suppress free speech like comment number 84. Free thoughts are the building blocks of Western thought, they are why we outpaced the rest of the World.
09:03 June 7, 2011 by Rick Methven

I am fully in support of free speech. What Nemesis does not seem to understand is that with free speech comes the responsibility to ensure that when you accuse somebody as in

"Several of them have publicly supported those killings"

That you back up that assertion with proof.

To accuse somebody, on a public forum of supporting or sanctioning murder is not a matter to be taken lightly.

If somebody posted that you where known to support the murder of anybody you did not like, making you an accessory to murder, before or after the fact, would you just say its OK as it is just Free speech, when the law comes around investigating.
23:37 June 7, 2011 by Nemesis
@ wenddiver,

As you know on quite a few occassions, we disagree.

However when it comes to basic humanity we probably agree on more than you or I realise.

I have defended Jews, Mulims, Christians and Aethists. I have housed A Muslim asylum seeker who i can assure to anyone was 100% genuine. I got in legal trouble for that. My grandfather housed a Jewish family and a few extra kids In WW2 and got in serious trouble with the Irish government for that of which i am proud of. That family has my family on it xmas list still, even though the people involved are dead and do not celebrate xmas. My parents hid people escaping christian persecution from both sides in there home, in Northern ireland at serious risk during the troubles.

I oppose fundementalists of all persuasions. To me fundementalist are the same wether they be christian, jewish, aethist or satanist. To me blind faith is the same as blind hatred.

I support people who want democracy, weak or strong. To me the weak and infirm should be defended first.

Those planning on that boat flotilla have nothing but abject hatred of those not only in Israel, but in Gaza as well. None of them would even live in the same street as someone from the Middle East, let alone invite them into there home.

I have got to know women who wear the Burka. I have got to know muslim women who drink and go out clubbing just like everyone else in the west. I know a woman very well who wears a Burka and has shared a Guiness with me. She also has the most beautiful skin and hair I have ever seen. Without her Burka, she reminds me of the legends of Hypatia and Zenobia who come from the same area. Her beauty is incredible. I am jealous of her looks and have no problem admitting it. She really is that beautiful.

If a women wearing a Burka sat down beside methven or any of the other flotilla supporters, I can assure you they would get up and move due to discomfort.

I found out more by engaging with them than by ignoring them. Some of those women are funny as hell just like any other women, when you get to know them.

Also if you get to know a woman from Gaza very well, you will hear an untold story that does not fit with either side. Methven like other men, always discounts the womans story and experience.

Maybe we can talk later in privmail.
07:00 June 8, 2011 by Rick Methven

"Those planning on that boat flotilla have nothing but abject hatred of those not only in Israel, but in Gaza as well. None of them would even live in the same street as someone from the Middle East, let alone invite them into there home"

Proof supporting this statement?

And how about some proof for this one

"Methven like other men, always discounts the womans story and experience."

Or as usual do you just know you are correct without the need of verification
11:04 June 10, 2011 by wenddiver
@Rick Methven-

"Methven like other men, always discounts the womans story and experience

.Or as usual do you just know you are correct without the need of verification.

Oh like women need a study to figure out that Men are just Bobbing their heads and not paying any attention to what is being said. This has beenproven scientifically time and again with the "Honey can I buy a $6,000 China cabinet test. Man -Yah, yah whatever , I'm trying to watch the new Clint Eastwood movie right now, do what you think is best. That's why every married man in the US is the proud owner of a China cabinet.
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