Israel Protests to Security Council Against Egyptian Ship Seizure

The Israel delegation has filed a sharp protest with the President of the Security Council against the seizure on Sept. 2nd by the Egyptian authorities of the Greek freighter Parnon which sought passage through the Suez Canal.

The protest termed seizure of the ship, which carried 500 tons of asphalt from Haifa consigned to the Israeli port of Eilat on the Gulf of Akaba, and motor vehicles assembled in Israel consigned to East African ports, a “flagrant violation” of the Israel-Egypt armistice, of the Security Council resolution against the Egyptian Su### Canal blockade of shipping to and from Israel ports and of the United Nations charter itself.

The protest underlined that the Egyptians by barring all goods of whatever kind were thus extending their blockade. The protest reserved the right for Israel to pursue the question further in the light of supplementary developments.

(From Port Said it was reported today that the Egyptian authorities had ordered the unloading of the Parnon’s cargo. Her captain was reported to have said that he would never “allow anybody to take his cargo away.”)