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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Flotilla of fools passengers claim IDF soldiers using their debit cards

Some of the 'peace activists' aboard the flotilla of fools have complained to al-Guardian that their debit cards - left behind onthe boats with all of their other possessions - have been used since they departed Israel.
In their raid of 31 May, the Israeli army stormed the boats on the flotilla and, as well as money and goods destined for the Palestinian relief effort in Gaza, the bulk of which have yet to be returned, took away most of the personal possessions of the activists when taking them into custody.

Individual soldiers appear to have used confiscated debit cards to buy items such as iPod accessories, while mobile phones seized from activists have also been used for calls.

Ebrahim Musaji, 23, of Gloucester, has a bank statement showing his debit card was used in an Israeli vending machine for a purchase costing him 82p on 9 June.

It was then used on a Dutch website, www.thisipod.com, twice on 10 June: once for amounts equivalent to £42.42 and then for £37.83. And a Californian activist, Kathy Sheetz, has alleged that she has been charged more than $1,000 in transactions from vending machines in Israel since 6 June.

Musaji and Sheetz were on board two separate boats – one the Mavi Marmara, on which nine Turkish activists were killed, the other on the Challenger 1. Both activists only entered Israel when arrested, and were in custody for their entire time on Israeli soil.

"They've obviously taken my card and used it," Musaji told the Guardian.

"When they take things like people's videos and debit cards and use them, and their mobile phones, it becomes a bit of a joke.

"We were held hostage, we were attacked, and now there's been theft. If the police confiscate your goods in the UK, they're not going to use your goods and think they can get away with it."

Musaji cancelled his card on 7 June, the day after he returned to Britain, where he is a support worker for adults with learning difficulties. His bank has agreed to treat the transactions as fraudulent and he will not be charged for them. His mobile phone was also used for two short calls in Israel after it had been confiscated.


A spokeswoman for the Israeli embassy in London advised Musaji to register a formal complaint.

"We regard any misconduct as described in Mr Musaji's allegations to be utterly unacceptable and intolerable, and suggest waiting until this subject matter is clarified," she said. "As had happened previously, an Israeli soldier was found guilty of illegal use of a credit card for which he was indicted and sentenced to seven months' imprisonment."
I don't believe any of these debit cards were used (come on - $1,000 in vending machines since June 6? Who could drink that much soda in two weeks?). But the embassy is correct to say that they should file complaints. Here's betting none of them will.

By the way, anyone making copies of those passports? Heh.


At 11:52 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Who is stupid enough not to reclaim personal effects? Apparently the same folks who could not outfit their flotilla with the right aid for Gaza! And they're complaining Israel ripped them off? When all is said and done, they're still fools!

At 5:12 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

They are total liars: a muslim told George Galloway at this weekends' little jolly for islamonazis in London's East End," what about the two muslim women who were raped by the EDL and the one who had her burkha pulled off and her face burned with cigarettes". Even he did not believe that BS and his spokesman told the mus to get lost and not repeat such garbage.


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