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McKinney, Aid To Hamas Turned Back

From those champions of peace at Al Jazeera:

Former U.S. congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is seen in front of boat before setting sail with boxes of medical supplies aboard, for Gaza from the Cypriot port of Larnaca, Cyprus, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.

Israeli vessel hits Gaza-bound boat

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A small boat, damaged as it tried to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, has arrived in the Lebanese port of Tyre.

The Dignity started taking on water after it was hit by an Israeli naval vessel as it approached the Israeli coast with its cargo of medical aid.

The Free Gaza Movement, which organised the attempt to reach the territory , said their boat was "rammed" and shots were fired when at least four Israeli vessels confronted them in international waters.

Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for Israel’s foreign ministry, denied there had been any shooting but said that the ships had made "physical contact".

He said that the crew of the Dignity had failed to respond to Israeli naval radio contact.

‘Rammed’

Elize Ernshire, one of the activists onboard the boat, told Al Jazeera by telephone that the boat was rammed twice from the front and then once from the side.

"It has destroyed the front of the boat and the roof … and has left the cabin, the wheelhouse quite destroyed," she said.

"… we were threatened directly by the Israeli navy that if we continued on our course towards Gaza they would attack us again."

Mark Regev, an Israeli government spokesman, said that the incident was nothing more than a "propoganda stunt".

"Israel would never have done anything against international law, that is inconceivable," he told Al Jazeera.

"These people just want a headline, they don’t really want to help the people of Gaza, if they wanted to help the people of Gaza they would be asking Hamas why they initiated the violence."

Several small boats have arrived in the Gaza Strip carrying international activists and medical aid since August in defiance of the Israeli siege.

Ernshire said that the incident would not stop the movement trying again to take aid to the impoverished territory.

"The majority of passenger here are determined, once we reach Lebanon, to keep continuing to organise such boats as these, to reach the people of Gaza," she said.

Gaza’s health system is struggling to cope with the casualties from four consecutive days of aerial bombardment by Israeli warplanes and helicopter gunships.

Shortages

Hospitals were already facing shortages of medicines and other medical products due to the Israeli siege imposed after the Hamas government seized full control of the territory in 2007.

As well as more than three tonnes of aid, the Dignity was carrying three doctors to help treat the more than 1,600 wounded in recent days.

Avital Leibovitz, an Israeli military spokeswoman, said that humanitarian aid was being allowed into the Gaza Strip and the medical supplies on the boat would not have made much impact on the humanitarian situation.

"Lets not talk about a blockade because it does not exist, the humanitarian corridor is active, alive and working," she told Al Jazeera.

"There are a numerous number of trucks enetring Gaza with food and medicine according to the requests of the aid organisations." 

Three Al Jazeera journalists were among the 15 people onboard the boat.

"Al Jazeera holds Israel responsible for the safety of the Al Jazeera journalists and everyone on board the Dignity," Wadah Khanfar, director general of the Al Jazeera network said in a statement.

"Al Jazeera’s presence on the boat is to cover the expedition for news and journalistic purposes. We are deeply concerned for the safety and well being of our journalists."

You would never know it from our watchdog media’s reports, but according to the Free Gaza Movement’s website this is actually the sixth time these people have tried to send supplies to Hamas, starting last August.

They seek to “establish a permanent sea lane between Cyprus and Gaza.”

Here are some more photos of the stunt, breathlessly supplied by our compliant media:

Mideast Lebanon Gaza Boat by you.

Lebanese fishermen cheer, as the vessel SS Dignity from the group Free Gaza, arrives in the southern port city of Tyre, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008.

APTOPIX Mideast Lebanon Gaza Boat by you.

A crowd on the dock welcomes the vessel SS Dignity from the group Free Gaza, as it arrives in the southern port city of Tyre, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008.

Mideast Lebanon Gaza Boat by you.

The damaged vessel SS Dignity from the group Free Gaza, arrives in the southern port city of Tyre, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008.

Mideast Lebanon Gaza Boat by you.

Lebanese soldiers and civil defence workers help evacuate the vessel SS Dignity from the group Free Gaza, after it arrived in the southern port city of Tyre, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008.

Mideast Lebanon Gaza Boat by you.

Sudanese Sami al-Hajj, right, a cameraman for the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera Television who spent six years in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay before being freed earlier this year, is welcomed after arriving aboard the vessel SS Dignity, from the group Free Gaza, in the southern port city of Tyre, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008.

The heroine of the hour:

 

Former US congresswoman Cynthia McKinney arrives with fellow pro-Palestinian activists on the Gaza-bound boat in the southern Lebanese port of Tyre on December 30, 2008.

And the “three tons” of supplies:

International activists load boxes of medical supplies aboard a boat before setting sail for Gaza from the Cypriot port of Larnaca, Cyprus, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.

International activists cover boxes of medical supplies to protect them from the rain aboard a boat before setting sail for Gaza from the Cypriot port of Larnaca, Cyprus, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.

Dignity was carrying aid for Gaza’s beleaguered health care system.

But of course it wasn’t a propaganda stunt.

By the way, isn’t Hamas a terrorist group according to the United States?

Will Ms. McKinney be prosecuted for giving material aid to a terrorist organization?

(Just kidding, of course.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, December 30th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

26 Responses to “McKinney, Aid To Hamas Turned Back”

  1. Remember that Cynthia McKinney claimed that our National Guard shot 5,000 Americans and buried them in mass graves just after Katrina.

  2. Liberals Demise

    Why won’t they snag this hag and try her and the others for “Aiding and abetting” the enemy?

  3. sheehanjihad

    Aid to Hamas? Cynthia needs to take up a collection to give aide to the families of the 5000 people shot in the back of the head and buried in the mass graves after Katrina! Why spend your time and money on Hamas when there are so many other deserving people victimized by the Bush administration.?

    Oh, I know…..the families of the executed Katrina victims havent come forward yet, and Hamas is more likened to McKinney’s political leanings. She supports terrorists and Islam and could give a damn about this country. Oh yeah, she is a pig too.

  4. 1republicanscientist

    I am seriously laughing so hard I might puke. She is the biggest dip*&^&, in fact, let’s have a “name that boat” contest. My first entry is “S.S. Misguided”

  5. Enthalpy

    I thought the Israeli navy was much more proficient than this. A golden opportunity –lost. Can Cynthia swim?

  6. DEZ

    I’ve slapped cops McKinny boasted
    To which the moonbats smiled and toasted
    No Israeli ship will stand a chance
    To slow our tiny boats advance
    We shall get our aid to Hamas
    We shall feed the terrorists and their mamma’s
    So load the boat with beans and hash
    We’ll be under way in a flash
    To Gaza strip they all did cruise
    To a blockade of the mean old joooos
    Mckinny screamed do you know who I am
    Frankly my dear we don’t give a damn
    She throttled the engine to make a charge
    Stupid enough to take on boats so large
    Her boat wrinkled dented and busted
    She had learned what its like to get her ass dusted

  7. 1republicanscientist

    bravo! she is a hero worthy of such a poem. roll on like dysentery, mcstinky, roll on.

  8. 1sttofight

    IMO the Israelis should have let them proceed with the warning that once they docked they could not leave. Any bets they would have turn tail and ran rather than go forward with their “Mission”?
    Let the Palis put up with their nonsense.

  9. yadayada

    I’m not an expert in foreign languages but I think someone misintranslated “3 boxes” into “3 tons.” also, though I spent some time in the USN, I am not an expert sea going vessels. but I don’t think that boat is capable of hauling 3 tons of anything (exception-liberal b.s.) without foundering.

    don’t look past the red crosses on the box- there aren’t any grenades or ammo in them!
    I think the Isrealies should have boarded the vessel, confiscated the supplies and sent them back on their way. perfectly within their rights by maritime law.

  10. 1republicanscientist

    oh yes the boat CAN carry 3 tons—-it floated Mckinneys big ass successfully (although the motor may have been strained a bit).

  11. 12 Gauge Rage

    Cynthia McKinney is nothing but a traitorous Jane Fonda wannabe. I’m surprised the Israeli navy didn’t torpedo this boat and send it to the bottom. They certainly have the means to do it. If nothing else they should have boarded the ship and seized the cargo, which I think probably carried arms packed inside boxes marked ‘medical supplies’. Miss McKinney seems to forget that this whole mess wouldn’t have started if Hamas had learned to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors.

    • Liberals Demise

      “Torpedo the boat?” Why would they want to purposely foul up their waterway and kill untold millions of marine wildlife by dropping this unwashed liberal booty in the drink? Talk about ECO damage!!

  12. It just amazes (and depresses) me that this psycho was ever elected as a member of Congress.

  13. Barbie

    If they had not stopped the boat, perhaps Hamas would have kept the nutso…


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