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Israelis Take Control Of Hamas ‘Aid Ship’

From an outraged Agence France-Pressee:

Israeli navy peacefully takes control of aid ship

by Steve Weizman June 5, 2010

ASHDOD, Israel (AFP) – Israeli forces on Saturday boarded the Rachel Corrie after it ignored orders not to head for Gaza, but there was no repetition of the bloody violence that erupted when commandos stormed an aid boat earlier in the week.

While Israel hailed the peaceful end to the operation which the military said was carried out without any injuries on either side, the pro-Palestinian organisers lashed out at the Jewish state, accusing it of "hijacking" the ship.

Notice, by the way, that there was just the one ship. The others appear to have chickened out.

The Israeli military said its forces had boarded the vessel "with the full compliance" of the crew and passengers in a peaceful operation in which there was no use of violence by either side.

"Our forces boarded the boat and took control without meeting any resistance from the crew or the passengers. Everything took place without violence," a spokeswoman told AFP, adding that the ship and the 15 people on board, most of them Irish or Malaysian activists, was en route to the southern port of Ashdod.

But the takeover prompted a furious response from the Dublin-based Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which accusing Israel of "hijacking" the Rachel Corrie and abducting its passengers.

"For the second time in less then a week, Israeli forces stormed and hijacked an unarmed aid ship, kidnapping its passengers and forcing the ship toward Ashdod port," it said, also noting that those on board were believed to be unharmed.

But army spokeswoman Avital Leibovitz insisted the operation passed off peacefully.

"They didn’t storm the ship — they boarded it with the agreement" of the people on board, she told an AFP reporter in Ashdod.

She said the Rachel Corrie had been commandeered in international waters some 21 nautical miles northwest of Ashdod after the vessel refused to respond to four requests to change course.

The operation began shortly after dawn on Saturday when activists on board the vessel spoke by phone with the Gaza-based welcoming committee and said they had been surrounded by Israeli naval boats.

Shortly afterwards, all communications with the ship were cut, Amjad al-Shawa told AFP in Gaza City…

The boat was carrying around 1,000 tonnes of aid and supplies, half of which was reportedly cement — a substance which Israel does not allow into Gaza, claiming it could be used for building fortifications

You see the people of Gaza are starving – for cement.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Israelis Take Control Of Hamas ‘Aid Ship’”

  1. MinnesotaRush says:

    “But the takeover prompted a furious response from the Dublin-based Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, ..”

    Well of course it did! That’s what it was all about! Condemn Isreal.

    Maybe these folks could consider the comments of Mr Einstein when he said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

    Go Isreal!!! Next time, sink ’em and charge them for the clean-up.

    • Mithrandir says:

      No kidding! Sink the ship as an act of war, video tape it, put it on YouTube, and let everyone know about it.

      Liberals are very soft with the law, when it comes to themselves, and draconian with everyone else. They can’t believe that anyone would actually enforce the law against them, they just aren’t use to that. Conservative laws are meant for conservative people, and wishy-washy ‘laws are mere suggestions’ is how liberals view crime and punishment when it comes to their own behavior.
      EXAMPLE: Look at the ship RACHAEL CORRIE! How stupid! A boat named after a liberal activist who didn’t really believe the law or rules applied to her! SINK THE SHIP!

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