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Israel Waylays Another Aid Ship

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Posted on Jun 5, 2010
AP / Mohammad Abu Ghosh

Jordanian protesters holding a Palestinian flag shout anti-Israeli slogans at a rally in Amman on Friday.

Israel has intercepted yet another Gaza-bound aid supply ship attempting to break the naval blockade of the occupied territory, but unlike the bloody raid on an aid flotilla Monday, Saturday’s interception occurred peacefully. And this time, Israeli authorities said the cargo, mostly medical and construction supplies, would be forwarded by land to Gaza. —JCL

Los Angeles Times:

Israeli warships Saturday intercepted another aid supply ship sailed by pro-Palestinian activists as it headed toward the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade of the seaside territory.

Unlike a previous raid, Saturday’s takeover occurred without bloodshed after Israeli naval negotiators reached an agreement to board the cargo vessel with activists’ permission, according to Israeli military officials.

The report could not be confirmed with activists because Israeli military jammed satellite and radio communications on the boat.

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By diamond, June 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment

Well, Rfidler, isn’t Hitler dead? So why is it people like you are allowed to go on whining about him forever but no one can talk about Ariel Sharon’s crimes because he’s dead. I’m not even absolutely sure he is dead. Last I heard he was in a coma.

This is some of what Israel has banned going into Gaza:

coriander, ginger, nutmeg
canned fruit, dried fruit
fresh meat
seeds and nuts
fishing rods, ropes for fishing
fabric for clothing
chicken hatcheries, chickens
donkeys, horses, goats and cattle
musical instruments
newspapers
wood for construction

All quite obviously connected to weapons of mass destruction. And if you believe that Israel will deliver that aid to Gaza overland or by any other route you’ve got oregano, coriander, ginger and nutmeg for brains. They didn’t go to all this trouble to put in place a scheme to starve the Palestinians to death only to have it interrupted by interfering do gooders. The reign of terror will continue and America will play the three wise monkeys: see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil. I don’t know who I despise more, Israel or its enabler America.

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By john from ojai, June 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment
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Anyone with a heart needs to know that most of the traumatized Gazans are children. When you support the Israeli/US blockade of Gaza you are telling children they have to spend the rest of their lives in a tent, with no crayons or toys or school materials. They have to drink dirty water that can kill them because Israel/US won’t allow the water purification plants they bombed to be rebuilt. This is a war crime of collective punishment (4th Geneva Convention), and we need to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction to effect change.

Little known facts: 1. AIPAC, which does the bidding of Israel’s right wing, shapes all the events that happen in the middle east. Obama and all but 4 congressmen just voted for more military funding for Israel. In return, AIPAC promises these politicians more carrot and no stick so they can get reelected. Nothing will change until there is the Arab equivalent of AIPAC. Truth and justice are not part of the dialogue.2. There was a verbal agreement between Hamas and Israel in June 2008. According to Jimmy Carter, Hamas mainly kept the agreement and Israel didn’t, culminating in the assassination by Israel of 6 Gazans in Gaza and the subsequent rockets which had been quiet.3.The blockade is a violation of Article 33 of the 4th Geneva Convention which outlaws collective punishment of civilians. Therefore this is a war crime.

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By rico, suave, June 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

Let’s say a ship loaded with Israeli peaceniks, who have announced their intention to distribute literature promoting world harmony, sails up the Strait of Hormuz and tries to enter the port at Bandar Abbas, Iran.

The Iranians intercept the ship, confiscate the cargo and, ...

wait for it…

DEPORT the crew?

Really, now truthdiggers. How many of you would bet your welfare checks on THAT outcome?

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By rico, suave, June 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

Now comes news that thousands of Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv AGAINST the blockade. Can you imagine thousands of dovish Palestinians being able to demonstrate peacefully in Gaza FOR the recognition of Israel?

For all you moral equivalence buffs out there: Where would feel more comfortable being able to voice your views about virtually anything; Israel or Gaza?

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By rico, suave, June 5, 2010 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment

felicity:
Isn’t Ariel Sharon dead?

If rockets were fired from your neighbor’s back yard into yours, wouldn’t you find that “provocative”?

I don’t think people who believe in American or Israeli “exceptionalism” take that to mean a license to do whatever, whenever, to whomever.

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By felicity, June 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

Whether it’s Ariel Sharon driving his tanks into Palestinian villages, without provocation, or Israeli troops boarding a foreign vessel on the high seas, without provocation, they’re both Israel’s ways of flexing her muscles - and not much else. (Ships are inspected when they dock: Tanks used to combat rocks and pebbles are hardly necessary.)

And then there’s that ugly thing that afflicts the US and the state of Israel called ‘exceptionalism.’  We can do whatever we want to do whenever we want to do it.  We’re right doing it and you’re wrong doing it.  (Sounds like a know-it-all teenager.)

The tragedy is that like the teenager, Israel might find herself grounded in the not too distant future.

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By Robert, June 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment

Israeli forces seize Gaza aid ship Rachel Corrie

By al Jazeera

“June 05, 2010 “Al Jazeera”—Israeli soldiers have boarded an aid ship bound for the Gaza Strip and forced it to head to the Israeli port of Ashdod instead.

The Israeli military said in a statement that troops boarded MV Rachel Corrie on Saturday after the activists aboard the ship ignored warnings to divert to Ashdod.

“There was no violence or injuries amongst the soldiers or crew ... and no shots were fired,” the statement said.

Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Ashdod, said the Rachel Corrie arrived at the port, escorted all the way by Israeli military vessels.

“The aid will be taken off and inspected,” she said.

“It is not clear how much of it will be taken to Gaza. We can expect the passengers to be deported fairly promptly.”

Activists on board the Malaysia-funded Irish ship were attempting to break the siege of Gaza imposed by Israel, five days after Israeli troops violently intercepted a flotilla of aid ships carrying humanitarian aid for the territory, killing nine activists.

Israeli naval vessels trailed the ship for several hours before boarding it. Rachel Corrie’s radar were also jammed, cutting off all radio communication.

Israeli statement

Miri Eisin, a spokeswoman for the Israeli government, told Al Jazeera that the ship was boarded by soldiers at the edge of the maritime zone of Gaza in agreement with those on board.

IN DEPTH

“The people on board will be taken care off in accordance with Israeli law, as they have approached Israel illegally, so they will be asked to leave voluntarily,” she said.

Eisin said the cargo would be offloaded at Ashdod and then transferred to Gaza.”

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By rico, suave, June 5, 2010 at 11:50 am Link to this comment

Ed:
Ed, Ed, Ed…

“then confiscates most or all of the contents.”

Can you confirm that?

Let’s stipulate that the Israeli list of forbidden items is grossly arbitrary: Who can argue with chocolate and wheelchairs?

Since Hamas insists on building rocket launchers instead of schools and hospitals, it’s in Israel’s existential interest to see to it that Hamas is denied materiel for the purpose. That’s why all the aid to Gaza must pass through Ashdod, be inspected, and only then go to Gaza.

Let’s argue all day about what should be on the contraband list, but let Israel protect itself.

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By Michael, June 5, 2010 at 11:45 am Link to this comment
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Israel has the right to defend itself despite inconvenience to political activists.  Awww, no chocolate? How sadistic! How cruel!!!

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By Ed Harges, June 5, 2010 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

So Israel takes the boat to Ashdod, on pretense of inspection for weapons, and
then confiscates most or all of the contents.

After all, Israel’s gotta make sure that no chocolate, for example (one of
the many perfectly harmless comforts forbidden by Israel’s sadistically cruel
blockade), gets through—possibly causing a few moments of delight for a
dirty little un-Chosen Arab child.

Well, what are they going to do about this:

Report: Turkish PM May Sail to Gaza Himself

http://news.antiwar.com/2010/06/05/report-turkish-pm-may-go-to-gaza-
himself/

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