2 Bulgarian Journalists Arrested in Gaza Aid Convoy Attack

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Bulgaria: 2 Bulgarian Journalists Arrested in Gaza Aid Convoy Attack Israeli soldiers stand on the deck of a small boat (L) from the Free Gaza Movement flotilla as it is escorted by an Israeli naval patrol ship into Ashdod port in southern Israel, 31 May, 2010. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Two Bulgarian journalists have been arrested after Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry announced.

The ministry has vowed to demand the immediate release of the Bulgarians.

The two have been identified as Svetoslav Ivanov, a reporter, and Valentin Vassilev, a cameraman, who work for the country's biggest private national TV channel bTV.

According to information of the media the team left for the Gaza Strip as part of an European humanitarian mission together with a group of journalists from leading European media.

The ship, carrying the Europeans, was not attacked, but diverted and is believed to be on its way to the port of Ashdod, the media said.

"All passengers aboard the European ship will be arrested and interrogated," said Abu Kalbey, chairman of the Palestinian community in Bulgaria.

Initial reports said a number of members of the European Parliament, including Bulgarians, are aboard the ship, but the information was not confirmed by the Foreign Ministry.

Мore than 10 people have been killed after Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army says.

Armed forces boarded the vessels overnight, clashing with some of the 600 protesters on board.

The exact location of the interception is unclear. Israel had warned the ships not to enter its territorial waters.

The ships are carrying 10,000 tonnes of aid to try to break a long-standing Israeli-led blockade.

Israel says its forces were attacked by activists when they got on board.

Organisers of the flotilla said at least 30 people were wounded in the incident.

The boats left European ports in a consolidated protest organized by two pro-Palestinian groups to deliver tons of food and other aid to Gaza to break a blockade imposed by Israel in 2007 after militant group Hamas seized control of the territory.

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joseph-bg - 31 May 2010 // 23:00:49

one Again fail to distinguish Israel, or ashamed of themselves from committing crimes and massacres against humanity beyond the bounds of reason and logic Bh.tha and brutality, to attack and attack naval forces troops backed by air strikes on aid convoy carrying the name "Fleet of freedom", which was en route to the besieged Gaza Strip, carrying on with more than 600 people of various nationalities have decided to defy the blockade imposed by the railway, which the Tel Aviv sector, carrying aid from the tens of thousands of tons of a humanitarian nature, the outcome was more than 19 dead and 26 injured in central Israel shameless justification for the violent incident.

joseph-bg - 31 May 2010 // 22:28:38

Are you really human?, do you feel with people, do you have any emotions, i am sure no, because who can say something, like what did you mention sure he is not human, & all people who support such an acts, are like you, so from you we can now the government you support. Israel is criminal country, Israel is shame on humanity, Israel is the new Nazi.
But as all world saw today, no one can hide the truth any more, we are not supporting Hamas, we are supporting poor innocent people, who are without basic elements to survive.
Viva Bulgaria, Viva truth, Viva free world.

NellieotAmerica - 31 May 2010 // 22:26:08

Uchy Koochy

Like I said--stick to putting the moves on WW, something you might be actually good at.

This operation happened in the early morning hours, not in the night, as you claim. You can see in the video that it is daylight. Second, the full combat gear was in response to the flotilla not turning back as Israel instructed it to do. A blockade is a blockade. You run a blockade at your own peril.

NellieotAmerica - 31 May 2010 // 22:21:15


No, you really are stupid, if you don't know it, here it is again: YOU ARE STUPID!

Gaza is controlled by the terrorist organization Hamas. They are pirates, pedophiles, misogynists and plain cold blooded murderers. Israel should have given theM 10 minutes notice to turn around or they will be sunk. The PM of Israel should announce that next time they will be sunk on site. Civilized people do not bring weapons or any other aid to terrorists. Israel made a big mistake, they should have blown these terrorists to smithereens.

joseph-bg - 31 May 2010 // 22:10:17

First of all, you are totally stupid, I am not Muslim, but I am with right & truth, more over you have to be polite & respect yourself, Israel Had committed too many criminals, & today she just add new criminal for its long history is this domain, Israel is shame on civilization. we are not against the right of Israel in surviving, but that not means kill other people, that not means to committee every day new crime.
Viva Bulgaria, Viva truth, Viva free civilized world

NellieotAmerica - 31 May 2010 // 21:53:41


Oh, sure! Now that the world can see who did what to whom on this video, discredit the video! Typical Islamist operating procedure!

Muslims are lying, thieving, ignorant vermin. Islam is evil and it has no place in civil society!

joseph-bg - 31 May 2010 // 21:37:59

its really funny, Israeli video as a proof, is this a joke?, sure any Israeli video will be totally fake, more over, over the ships were, parliament members, non-official European organizations, doctors, & people who support peace, i really don't know what to say, but i guess as usual Israeli criminal government, will continue lying lying till it will believe its lies, but now no one will believe that criminal Nazi government any more. Viva Palestine, Viva Bulgaria, Viva free world.

Uchak - 31 May 2010 // 21:10:41

Nellie peacefully boarded at night in full combat gear???

when you board a vessel is almost always in daytime following a seris of calls and escalations...plus teh commandos started shooting people..doesn;t it makes sense the unarmed civilians woud fight back for thier lives

wonder if the commandos were wearing SS totenkopf..in honor of their ancestors

NellieotAmerica - 31 May 2010 // 21:07:33

Uchy Koochy

Stick to stuff you are good at, such as trying to put the moves on WW.

Clearly international affairs is not your forte: "the ship should have been peacefully boarded instead of slaughter of innocents"

The ship was peacefully boarded and then the "peaceful activists" attacked the israeli navy and there is video to prove it. Israeli sailors were justified in defending themselves after being attacked.

Uchak - 31 May 2010 // 21:01:49

this incident was in international waters! total hate crime in aresting two bulgarian reporters..plus Gaza is NOT Israeli terriroty it is occupied under military rule
the ship should have been peacefully boarded instead of slaughter of innocents

funny how many Nazis cooperated with Zionist, this historical fact (Eichmann lived in Haifa several years in 1930's) seems they had a lot in common...

NellieotAmerica - 31 May 2010 // 20:36:11


You spoke too soon and missed a wonderful opportunity to hide your ignorance. We have video to prove that the crazy terrorists on board the ship attacked the Israeli soldiers who were coming on board to check out the cargo.

Israel was right and just. And there is video to prove it:


joseph-bg - 31 May 2010 // 20:29:36

To be honest, we have to see with both eyes, sure we are against violence, but from both sides, Israel kill, destroy, isolate & do what ever it want's, then we say its self defense, excuse me, even the blind can see the huge crime Israel did today, its a real crime & its against human race, & every one behind this huge crime, should go to the court. as i see the only way to Israel to survive is to kill people, its the same way Hitler was using, so what is the difference between Israel & Nazi, they are two faces to one coin.

NellieotAmerica - 31 May 2010 // 19:13:49

"Turkey had publicly supported the flotilla, which included Turkish ships and was organized by a Turkish nonprofit, the Humanitarian Relief Organization, or IHH. "

So, it is Turkey which is the most vehement in protest; I guess it is safe to conclude that Turkey is sliding ever so steadily under the reign of the Islamists and away from her founding tenets of secularism. Under the old secular governments of Turkey, their relations with Israel were silent, if not supportive, of the Israeli struggle for survival.

Israel's blockade of the Gaza is VERY well known, and, under international law, if one attempts to "run a blockade" their means of doing so (ships in this case) and their person is subject to search and seizure (just as WW3 would have started had those Soviet ships heading to "run the blockade" of Cuba not turned around and the USA stopped, boarded, and seized them); in fact, Turkey can look back to its predecessor's (Ottoman's) violent blockade of the Dardenelles and Bosporus Straights for a cogent example of blockade enforcement.

Israel, as EVERY nation of this world, has the fundamental RIGHT of self-defense, and therefore, when and after Hamas initiated rocket attacks on Israel, she intensified her blockade efforts to prevent smuggling of arms to Hamas in the Gaza.

It is only the restraint of the IDF which has prevented much more loss of life in these idiotic "activists" attempts to "run" her blockade of the Gaza, so why on earth would it make sense that the VERY well trained forces of the IDF would choose to take lives, unprovoked, in this exercise on only one ship of the six in the flotilla?

The intent of the flotilla, to "run" its blockade, had been made VERY well known across the globe by these "activists", which makes one wonder if violent confrontation wasn't just what they were seeking. If one of them took, or even attempted to take, a weapon from a member of the IDF, that was sufficient cause for the use of deadly force by the IDF (its members have zero room for doubt and/or tolerance as they face death from "activists" whenever on duty). A preemption doctrine has been the guiding principle of the Israeli government since being surprised by the forces of Egypt in the early 1970s in the Sinai, so Israel in the face of a declared action by "activists" to "run" her blockade of the Gaza should not have surprised anyone that she chose the time and location of her action of preemption, and one could have guessed that all was not going to be "olly olly oxen free" in a wait until this flotilla arrived at the actual blockade line!


Bill - 31 May 2010 // 16:35:03


What everyone seems to forget is that Israel is fighting for survival while surrounded by enemies determined to push it into the sea. They see it as defensive action.

All these private individuals (as I understand it) have no business organizing a flotilla and trying to interfere in international relations.

So far as I'm informed (and that can be faulty), Israel's military action has always been defensive in nature, replying to attack, but not attacking themselves.

The Bulgarian journalists surely must have known the risk they were running. Journalists in a battle zone are not immune.

joseph-bg - 31 May 2010 // 15:59:33

Well, now its clear, how the terrorist country Israel attack innocent people, how they broke the law & attack innocent people in international water, this is Israel, can't live without blood, can't live without drinking blood, this is the truth of that Terrorist country, so let the world see the reality of Israel, let them see the discrimination, non-civilization country.

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