Marianne of Gothenburg, a Swedish vessel destined for Gaza to break the siege

Two South African activists from Gaza aid flotilla return home


Two South Africans, who were part of a team of activists attempting to bring aid to Gaza by boat, will return home on Wednesday morning, the National Coalition for Palestine (NC4P) told News24.

The activists are Chris Le Bruyns, an academic and theologian; and Ismail Moola, one of the co-ordinators from the Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA).

Neither were on the swedish vessel, Marianne of Gothenburg, which was seized by the IOF on Monday.

“Dr Clint Le Bruyns was on-board a standby vessel, while Ismail Moola provided logistical support for three boats and 50 crew and passengers,” NC4P said in a statement.

Both Le Bruyns and Moola were representing the Palestine Solidarity Alliance.

The “Freedom Flotilla III”, led by Marianne, was carrying humanitarian goods when it was intercepted.

The boat was towed to the Israeli port of Ashdod where the crew and passengers were detained in Tel Aviv, NC4P said.

On Monday, Moola told News24 that about 25 people including delegates and crew members were on board Marianne. Among them were Israeli parliamentarian Basel Ghattas, former Tunisian president Moncef Marzuki and Spanish Member of the European Parliament Ana Miranda.

Ghattas and Marzuki have been released but most of Marianne’s crew are still being held in Givon prison in Israel.

In May 2010, nine Turkish nationals died when Israeli commandos staged a pre-dawn raid on a six-ship flotilla seeking to break the blockade. A tenth activist later died of his wounds.

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