ATHENS — A controversial expedition by a Greek ship to take Palestinian deportees back to Israel has been canceled, a Greek shipping company said today.
A spokesman for the Afroesa Line, owners of the 18,000-ton car ferry Silver Paloma, declined to say why the ship, chartered by the Palestine Liberation Organization, would not be sailing.
The ship had been due to leave Piraeus, adjacent to Athens, next Tuesday, taking about 100 Palestinians to the northern Israeli port of Haifa.
Fuad Bittar, head of the PLO mission in Athens, told Reuters he had heard nothing about the voyage being canceled.
200 Journalists Included
He had said that in addition to the Palestinian deportees, about 120 prominent sympathizers and 200 journalists were expected to be on board.