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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Israeli navy turns back S.S. ISM

According to 'activists,' the Israeli navy has apparently turned back a yacht led by International Solidarity Movement founder Huwaida Araf and sent it back to Cyprus. The boat, which was scheduled to arrive in Gaza on Tuesday, had to turn back because of mechanical problems and attempted to reach Gaza today. Most of the boat's passengers have been described as 'journalists.'
Free Gaza group spokeswoman Mary Hughes-Thompson said Israeli naval vessels surrounded the 66-foot (20-meter) Spirit of Humanity early Thursday off southern Lebanon and threatened to open fire if the boat did not turn back.

Hughes-Thompson said the boat loaded with 5 tons of supplies and 21 passengers including 3 surgeons is expected to arrive at Larnaca port Thursday evening.
Cynthia McKinney was not on board this time. Here's what the terror-sympathizing moonbats wrote about it on their web site, which I will not link:
The Israeli navy today threatened to kill unarmed civilians aboard a mercy ship on its way to deliver medical supplies and doctors to besieged Gaza.

The Free Gaza Movement ship, SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, left Cyprus Wednesday morning carrying doctors, journalists, human rights workers, and parliamentarians. The ship also carried over a ton of desperately needed medicines donated by the European Campaign to Break the Siege, and intended for overwhelmed hospitals in the Gaza Strip. At the request of the ship's organizers the passenger list and manifest were publicly released, and Cypriot authorities searched the boat prior to its departure in order to certify that it only carried humanitarian items. The organizers also sent an official notification to the Israeli government of their intent to break through the blockade of Gaza.

At roughly 3am UST (1am GMT), in international waters 100 miles off the coast of Gaza, at least five Israeli gunboats surrounded the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY and began recklessly cutting in front of the slow-moving civilian craft. The Israeli warships radioed the SPIRIT, demanding that the ship turn around or they would open fire and "shoot." When asked if the Israeli navy was acknowledging that they intended to commit a war crime by deliberately firing on unarmed civilians, the warships replied that they were prepared to use "any means" to stop the ship.

An earlier attempt by Free Gaza to deliver doctors and medical supplies ended on 30 December when Israeli gunboats deliberately and repeatedly rammed the DIGNITY, almost sinking that ship. Rather than endanger the lives of its passengers, the SPIRIT is now returning to Cyprus.
Joseph Goebbels had nothing on these people.


At 6:19 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel turned back an Iranian supply ship, too. They should have sunk them both to underline the point that those who help her enemies are Israel's enemies. In a war, such fools get what they deserve and Israeli sailors should not place their lives at risk sparing them. I wish the IDF Navy would just do it!!!


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