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Posted on Jul 16, 2010
AP / Nasser Nasser

Supplies bound for hard-pressed Gaza are unloaded at the port of El Arish on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast.

Avoiding the kind of confrontation that led to the flotilla fiasco in May, a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid ship has docked and unloaded its cargo in Egypt after the Israeli navy forbid it to sail directly to Gaza.

While the aid supplies are set to be trucked overland to the economically devastated Gaza Strip, some have criticized the ship’s detour as tacit acceptance of the illegal blockade that Israel has imposed on Palestinian territory. —JCL

Al Jazeera English:

Humanitarian cargo bound for the Gaza Strip has been unloaded from a Libyan-chartered ship in Egypt after the Israeli navy prevented the vessel from sailing to the Palestinian territory.

The Moldovan-flagged Amalthea, loaded with 2,000 tonnes of medical supplies and food, docked at the port of El Arish, on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, about 45km south of the border with Gaza, on Wednesday.

Gamal Abdel Maqsoud, director of the port, said that Egypt’s Red Crescent Society would deliver the aid to Gaza by land across the Egyptian border.

“Medical supplies and passengers will enter Gaza through the Rafah border [crossing], while food will enter through the Awja border,” Maqsoud said.

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By Sodium-Na, July 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment


In war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan,there are nice restaurants to eat and also for even entertainment. What does that mean? It means nothing as being war-torn. They remain in miserable conditions for their respective population as a whole.

Therefore,all your claims about the great restaurants in Gaza do not hold water as one put them under the microscope: typical Zionist propaganda to shift the world attention from Israel’s crimes against the humanitarian ships destined to Gaza,particularily the Israel’s crime against the Turkish humanitarian ship called Marmara. The Israeli military attack on Marmara has resulted in 8 Turkish citizens and one American citizen were murdered and many were injured. This fact alone will never be forgotten and will remain as the genuine witness you and your ilk cannot possibly falsify or invent distraction for. No way,body boy,No way.

Accusing everyone who has posted on this thread as Jews hater reflects poorly on you. I,for one,have never hated another human being in my entire life,let alone Jews who two of them were my mintors during my undergraduate university years. How could I hate those,including their kins,who helped me so much in my younger years. Therefore,hatred of Jews is only in your mind and the minds of people like you.

Israel has committed a war crime against Turkish humanitarian ships,in the high sea;and consequently deserved my condemnation and the condemnations of other self-respecting human beings,world wide. Period.

nemesh-Grow up and stop this silly propaganda of yours. the readers here are much smarter than you could have imagined.


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By PatrickHenry, July 18, 2010 at 8:32 am Link to this comment

Nefesh, I see your trying to hang the crimes of Israel around the necks of Jews worldwide. 

Israel is a state not a religion, ethnicity or political ideal, even though the radicals there are attempting to make it such.

Just one more step to total apartheid.

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By nefesh, July 18, 2010 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

Check out these photos from the menu of the Roots Club in Gaza - yep, fine dining at a world-class level, as brought to you by the Autghorities in Gaza itself - Hamas - notice it’s a Palestinian internet domain name…. Fine Dining Restaurant

ROOTS Fine Dining Restaurant



Our most credible advertising is a satisfied guest. The guest experience starts with us always saying yes to our guests and then finding a way to make it happen. Our sole purpose in the restaurant is to do whatever it takes to deliver the best possible experience to our guests. We are sensitive to the individual preferences of our guests and enthusiastically make sure that they are taken care of.

Preserving what diners love best and adding what diners always welcome, Roots maintains impeccable five-star service, while offering a liberating renewable menu. Roots Chefs culminate their expertise in a diverse and approachable cuisine of superb meats, pasta and seafood.

Check out the gallery, too…

I love the names of the other restaurants they operate:

Roots (The Club)

Roots (Fine Dining Restaurant)

Ambassador (Banquet Hall)

Greens (Terrace Café)

Roots (Catering Services)

Big Bite

Absolutely delicious - Gaza - where the men are fat and the women are fatter - is the wprld’s #1 recipient in FREE foreign aid monies, and it shows - in the waistlines and on the buffet tables…..

OK you truthdig Jew-haters, you may now re-commence your lynching of Jews and Israel…...

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By PatrickHenry, July 18, 2010 at 7:29 am Link to this comment

I guess they wanted to avoid the crimminal action of state sponsered thugs.

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By nefesh, July 18, 2010 at 7:28 am Link to this comment

Check out this Danish reporter’s recent visit to Gaza - I tell you what, those gorgeous fruits and vegetables at the market look better than what I can buy at Safeway.—mere-mangel-pa-arbejde-end-pa-mad/

And then there’s this Youtube video - if that’s a crisis, I want a piece of it - it’s called “Fat Gaza” and for good reason..

((( Y A W N ))))  Gaza “crisis” just another smear-job by the Jew-haters…...

OK, back to my gardening…

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By nefesh, July 18, 2010 at 7:17 am Link to this comment

( Y A W N )

The only humanitarian crisis in gaza is the fact that it is ruled by a genocidal Jihadist terror gang.
Even the UN - that cesspool of human rights-abusing voting blocs says there is none.

OK people, you may get back to your witch hunts…....

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By call me roy, July 17, 2010 at 11:39 am Link to this comment

Hmmm, somebody got tired of their rear-ends getting kicked?

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By Sodium-Na, July 17, 2010 at 10:34 am Link to this comment


Your obvious empathy for the Native Americans and Palestinians is much appreciated. Thank you.

I am all for the brutalized Palestinians whose refugees camps I had the opportunity of paying occasional visits to,whenever I could,in Jordan,Syria and Lebanon in the 1970s and 1980s,as I was stationed in Amman.Jordan,running a technical business operations for a multi-national American corporation,for the whole Middle Rast.

Those people are teaching their children and grandchildren never to forget their beloved homes,lands,farms and small businesses where they were forced to abandond at a point of a gun. Some of them had showed me old-looking keys for their lost properties. Inspite of their harsh poverty,they insisted on offering me sweet-minted tea. I was pleased and honored to share with them. I have promised those people that their cause has become my own,ever since.             

Your comparison of the massacres that took place in Wounded Knee and in Gaza spelled out the agony of both people because of mere abscence of justice and because the grovelling Robert Fisk wrote about in the link provided by thebeerdocter. Pity!!

When I connect all of the foregoings together,I see nothing but grim future for the Palestinians and for the Israelis as well.

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By Sodium-Na, July 17, 2010 at 9:40 am Link to this comment

For thebeerdoctor,

Thank you,thebeerdoctor,for an excellent link. I enjoyed reading. Robert Fisk hit the jackpot in his assessment of the grovelling going on in our world.

I have much appreciated what I read. Thanks again.

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By Sodium-Na, July 17, 2010 at 9:06 am Link to this comment

I agree with PatrickHenry:

“We need a flotilla of a thousand ships to sail to Gaza.”

Amen! Amen! Amen…

It is certainly one way to break the illegal and crimnal blockade being collectively committed against 1.5 human beings.

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By thebeerdoctor, July 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm Link to this comment

Robert Fisk has an accurate assessment: we live in an age of groveling.

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By yours truly, July 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment
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(let the whole world know)

Gaza And The Warsaw Ghetto

same place

different time

while the world stood by



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By samd11, July 16, 2010 at 4:21 pm Link to this comment
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I can understand not wanting to put at risk the lives of the aide workers by
confronting the Israeli military, but some kind of impact must be made to shame
the inhuman occupation of Gaza. Perhaps the solution is multiple flotillas, one
after another as suggested by PatrickHenry. Keep the pressure on and the World

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By PatrickHenry, July 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment

We need a flotilla of a thousand ships to sail to Gaza.

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By felicity, July 16, 2010 at 8:25 am Link to this comment

The plight of the people of Gaza reminds me of what led up to the Wounded Knee Massacre, an event in history that continues to bring shame to America.

The Sioux and Cheyenne, deprived of their territory were promised ample provisions for their support when in fact their rations were often cut in half or by two-thirds.  The Cheyenne were near starvation while the Sioux were not much better off.

And yet, the same (supposedly honorable) Americans who look the other way when it comes to Israel’s treatment of the people of Gaza, will deplore America’s past treatment of Native Americans when there is no recognizable difference between the two injustices.

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