The Audacity of Incarceration

The captain of the Audacity of Hope, who was arrested for trying to illegally depart Greece for Gaza, now has a name and a jail cell.

But apparently no food, water or toilet.

john klusmer

Indiana Jones, eat your heat out

The captain of a US vessel intercepted after it tried to defy a ban and sail for Gaza from Greece was being held in “shocking conditions” Sunday and has not received consular assistance, a lawyer said.

Captain John Klusmer was arrested when the US boat Audacity of Hope — the flagship in a flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists — attempted to leave Greek waters on Friday after Athens banned all Gaza-bound ships from setting sail.

Klusmer was charged with two felonies and ordered to appear in court Tuesday. The US Boat to Gaza organization said he was being held in jail in “shocking conditions” and as far as it was aware, had not yet received consular assistance.

New York lawyer Richard Levy — a passenger on the boat who has visited Klusmer in jail in a port town near Athens — told enraged US activists that “he had no bed or toilet in his cell, and is receiving no food or water”.

“We’ve offered to pay his bail,” said passenger Robert Naiman, from the Washington-based Just Foreign Policy organization. “But we have had no indication at all that he will be allowed out of jail before Tuesday.”

The US embassy in Athens was not available for comment.

Notice how his lawyer, who claimed the “shocking conditions,” is also an “activist.” Which means he is likely lying.

Meanwhile, check out this beached bleached whale accusing Israel of threatening Greece. As if she knows.

Seems like the bleach reached what passes for her brain.

Update: Dang! I should have named this post The Audacity of Soap.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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