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israelis board Jewish aid boat bound for Gaza

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 6:49 AM
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A boat with 9 Jewish activists aboard sets sail from Famagusta harbor in the Turkish-occupied north of ethnically divided Cyprus in a bid to breach Israel's blockade of Gaza, Sept. 26, 2010

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Jewish activists hold up a banner as their boat sets sail from Famagusta harbor in Cyprus in a bid to breach the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza, September 26, 2010. AP

Israeli naval commandos have peacefully boarded a Jewish aid boat attempting to break a naval blockade on Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said at 11:30 A.M. Tuesday.

"IDF naval forces recently boarded the yacht 'Irene', and it is currently being led to the Ashdod seaport along with its passengers," the military said in statement that branded the boat a "provocation yacht".

Before boarding, the navy transmitted two warnings to the boat, which refused to turn back and sailed further into the blockade area, the IDF said. 

Shortly before, an Israeli warship had hailed the catamaran carrying Jewish activists toward the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to the group's website.

An Israeli destroyer was cutting off the boat's path and another small boat was also approaching, the 'Jewish Boat to Gaza' website posted minutes before reports of the interception.

At around 11:00 A.M., a navy boat shadowing the 'Irene' made radio contact with the activists, asking: "Where are you going? Where did you come from? What nationalities are on board?" according to the website

The crew replied:

"They came from Farmagusta, the nationalities on board are British, American, German and Israelis, we are going!" the website said.

The Irene is the latest vessel to try to breach the 3-year-old embargo on the Palestinian territory in the wake of the deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish-led flotilla in May, which drew international condemnation.

Earlier, Capt. Glynn Secker said he expected the navy to intercept the Irene, which is carrying nine Jewish activists from Israel and other countries.

"We will not obey them, we will not help them," Secker said. "But we will not confront them physically. We will engage in no violence."

Israel had asked the vessel, which Secker said was carrying medicines, therapeutic toys, water purifiers and outboard engines, to dock in an Israeli port. Cargo that receives security clearance would be transported to Gaza.

In the end, Secker predicted, the catamaran would be towed to the southern Israeli port of Ashdod, as has happened with other blockade-busting ships.

The Israeli foreign ministry has labeled the voyage a politically motivated provocation.
Nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed in May when Israeli commandos raided the lead ship in the Turkish-led flotilla. Both sides claimed they acted in self-defense.

The international condemnation triggered by the deaths forced Israel to relax its land blockade of Gaza but the naval blockade remains in force. Israel, with Egypt's cooperation, imposed the blockade after Hamas militants seized control of Gaza in June 2007.

The measure was intended to keep out weapons, turn Gazans against their militant Hamas rulers and pressure the group to free a captive Israeli soldier. Those aims were not achieved but the embargo deepened the misery of Gaza's 1.5 million people.

Activists behind the convoy involved in May's deadly raid have said they will send a new flotilla of at least eight ships to try to break the blockade by the end of this year. The Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an umbrella group of pro-Palestinian activist behind the efforts, said no date has been set.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-commandos-peacefully-board-jewish-gaza-bound-aid-boat-1.316128

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Aasiyah
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 6:55 AM

if i were a betting women.. (and i'm not as islam forbids gambling). i woudl say they will not be shot at.. but they will be detained and inspected.

muslimah
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 6:59 AM

 

Quoting Aasiyah:

if i were a betting women.. (and i'm not as islam forbids gambling). i woudl say they will not be shot at.. but they will be detained and inspected.

 And the aid supplies will be put into israeli warehouses to sit with the other millions of dollars worth of aid to expire and once expired SOME of it may be issued to the citizens of Gaza.

Then again as in many times of the past none it may not be issued but remain in the warehouses.

twistedicicle
by Member on Sep. 28, 2010 at 6:59 AM

I agree. I think after what happened before they are on their best behavior. They know many are now paying attention to them. 

Quoting Aasiyah:

if i were a betting women.. (and i'm not as islam forbids gambling). i woudl say they will not be shot at.. but they will be detained and inspected.


heatkab2
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:04 AM

Can anyone tell me again what gives Israel the right to stop a boat headed to a country other than Israel and that is not in Israeli territory? Please someone explain this to me... seriously. I do not get why they are allowed to do this.

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:41 AM

  Gaza is in Israel, and Israel wants it all. That is why they displace people, bomb them, starve them, they are trying to kill them all, and get rid of them.

Quoting heatkab2:

Can anyone tell me again what gives Israel the right to stop a boat headed to a country other than Israel and that is not in Israeli territory? Please someone explain this to me... seriously. I do not get why they are allowed to do this.


SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:44 AM
The Palestinians had a heck of a lot more territory in years past than they do now. Israel wants it all.
heatkab2
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM


Quoting SEEKEROFSHELLS:

  Gaza is in Israel, and Israel wants it all. That is why they displace people, bomb them, starve them, they are trying to kill them all, and get rid of them.

Quoting heatkab2:

Can anyone tell me again what gives Israel the right to stop a boat headed to a country other than Israel and that is not in Israeli territory? Please someone explain this to me... seriously. I do not get why they are allowed to do this.

 

Gaza is not in Israel, if it were the Palestinians would be called Israelis.

Gaza is bordering Egypt and bordering Israel but I do not understand why Israel can stop a ship not headed to Israel. Still sounds like piracy to me.

erin7420
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Because the Israel can do whatever they want without any repercussions since the US will back them no matter what they do.

muslimah
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:16 PM

 

Quoting heatkab2:

 

Quoting SEEKEROFSHELLS:

  Gaza is in Israel, and Israel wants it all. That is why they displace people, bomb them, starve them, they are trying to kill them all, and get rid of them.

Quoting heatkab2:

Can anyone tell me again what gives Israel the right to stop a boat headed to a country other than Israel and that is not in Israeli territory? Please someone explain this to me... seriously. I do not get why they are allowed to do this.

 

Gaza is not in Israel, if it were the Palestinians would be called Israelis.

Gaza is bordering Egypt and bordering Israel but I do not understand why Israel can stop a ship not headed to Israel. Still sounds like piracy to me.

 For one Hamas was voted by the people fair and square in a democratic election to govern Gaza and Hamas refuses to acknowledge israel as a legitimate nation but as the occupiers that they are. So in turn for lack of recognition israel has put blockades and sanctions against israel. Gazans wont comply and recognise the all mighty chosen so the all mighty chosen wants them eliminated. They actually want all of Palestine eliminated but the P.A. (Fatah) of the West Bank is so beaten down that they are willing to go along with the Zionist to a point where as Gaza (Hamas) wont. israel has already found through their 6 decades of ethnic cleansing that they can't eliminate the "dirt Arabs" so now their focus is on starving them out.   

heatkab2
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:40 PM


Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting heatkab2:

 

Quoting SEEKEROFSHELLS:

  Gaza is in Israel, and Israel wants it all. That is why they displace people, bomb them, starve them, they are trying to kill them all, and get rid of them.

Quoting heatkab2:

Can anyone tell me again what gives Israel the right to stop a boat headed to a country other than Israel and that is not in Israeli territory? Please someone explain this to me... seriously. I do not get why they are allowed to do this.

 

Gaza is not in Israel, if it were the Palestinians would be called Israelis.

Gaza is bordering Egypt and bordering Israel but I do not understand why Israel can stop a ship not headed to Israel. Still sounds like piracy to me.

 For one Hamas was voted by the people fair and square in a democratic election to govern Gaza and Hamas refuses to acknowledge israel as a legitimate nation but as the occupiers that they are. So in turn for lack of recognition israel has put blockades and sanctions against israel. Gazans wont comply and recognise the all mighty chosen so the all mighty chosen wants them eliminated. They actually want all of Palestine eliminated but the P.A. (Fatah) of the West Bank is so beaten down that they are willing to go along with the Zionist to a point where as Gaza (Hamas) wont. israel has already found through their 6 decades of ethnic cleansing that they can't eliminate the "dirt Arabs" so now their focus is on starving them out.   

I know this but thanks for repeating for those that may not.

My question is more so dealing with international law. What laws give the IDF the right to board boats not in their water and commandeer them off course and into Israeli territory when those boats are not headed there in the first place? What laws give them the right to force these people off course, take possession of the private property on those boats and distribute as they please?

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