Greenpeace activists from Israel today have boarded the 290-meter long coal ship Orient Venus on the high seas, and have since been arrested, Greenpeace alerts.
Joanna Jones, Mor Levy and Jense Loewe arrived in inflatable boats and climbed up the side of the huge vessel.
They proceeded to build a camp on the ship’s mast in order to stop the coal shipment from entering Israel. The protest was staged to show the public about Greenpeace’s concern that Israel plans on constructing another coal-fired power plant in southern Israel.
Police have boarded the ship and are attempting to take the activists down. They included 23 year-old Jones, pictured above, from Jaffa. This pic comes from one of her training sessions.
According to the Washington Post, Israel has arrested the Greenpeace activists “who sneaked onto an Israel-bound coal ship on the high seas to protest the country’s plans to build a new coal-fueled power plant.”
They got into inflatable dinghies and boarded the coal ship using rope ladders. They then barricaded themselves to a mast and put up a banner saying: “Coal Kills.”
It delayed the shipment by several hours only, but caught our attention. Israel maintains a coal-fired power station in Hadera, north of Tel Aviv and plans to build another in southern Israel, despite all its clean technology intentions.