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Israel threatens satellite services firm for flotilla with prosecution, liability for damages

TEL AVIV — Israel has warned the satellite provider of an expected Turkish-flagged flotilla to the Gaza Strip.


The Israel Law Center has warned the Western satellite provider Inmarsat not to supply services to the flotilla, expected to leave for the Gaza Strip in late June. The center, said to cooperate with the Israeli government, said Inmarsat could be liable for massive damages and criminal prosecution on allegations of helping ships deployed by terror groups.

"The law is very strict when it comes to aiding and abetting terrorism or politically-motivated violence and imposes severe criminal and civil liability," Israel Law Center director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner said.

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The center sent the warning to Inmarsat and its senior corporate officers in Britain and the United States. Under U.S. law, the letter said, Inmarsat and its officers could be open to charges of aiding and abetting terrorism if it provides satellite services to the Gaza-bound ships, Middle East Newsline reported.

Inmarsat has been identified as the main provider of maritime communication services. The company was said to have provided services to the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara, intercepted by the Israel Navy in May 2010 on its way to break the siege on the Gaza Strip.

"If Inmarsat continues to provide communication services to the Mavi Marmara during the upcoming flotilla, Inmarsat and its corporate officers will be in violation of U.S. criminal statutes prohibiting the provision of material support for acts of violence and terrorism and the provision of material support for naval expeditions against U.S. allies and will also be held civilly liable for any damages or harm caused by participants in the flotilla," the center said.

The naval operation, which encountered heavy resistance, resulted in the killing of nine Mavi passengers. Mavi was expected to lead the forthcoming flotilla to the Gaza Strip, ruled by Hamas, a group deemed terrorist by the European Union and the United States.

"We don’t want bloodshed on the sea again," Ms. Darshan-Leitner said. "The private legal sector can help the government prevent terrorism."


Sadly we live in a world where Israel is being increasingly isolated by governments, corporations and even misguided individuals like Thomas. Nothing new here - ignorant people don't want to be confused with the hard cold facts like Hamas's charter calling for the destruction of Israel. This is the world we now live in. So we should be surprised.

Yossi      2:15 p.m. / Sunday, June 12, 2011

Of course Israel wants to quiet any sort of communication of their piracy! What else should be expected of these criminals? Just the opposite should happen. World media should converge on this flotilla and cover the action from the loading of the ship with its humanitarian goods to it's ultimate confiscation by Israel. The goods of course may even be contaminated by the Israelies once in their custody with arms or munitions so they can say it was a "terrorist" support operation and justify their actions. The world should watch this! it is long since the time to shed light on Israel's illegal and inhumane actions.

thomas moselle      11:43 p.m. / Thursday, June 9, 2011

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