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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Israel Navy boards MV Rachel Corrie St. Pancake

The Israeli Navy boarded the Rachel Corrie St. Pancake early Saturday evening and towed it into port in Ashdod. There was no violence and no one was hurt (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
None were harmed in the military operation as the international activists on the ship cooperated with the boarding party. The activists went as far as lowering a ladder to the soldiers patrol boat to allow them to board, army sources have revealed.

The boarding of the Rachel Corrie containing activists and aid for Gaza was described by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday as a quiet operation. Netanyahu was quick to distinguish between the boat of Irish and Malaysian activists and the Turkish-sponsored Mavi Marmara which was boarded May 31 in an incident that left nine dead and scores wounded.

"The different outcome we saw today underscores the difference between peace activists who we disagree with but respect their right to express their different opinion and flotilla participants [on the Mavi Marmara] who were violent extremist supporters of terrorists," said Netanyahu.

IDF navy forces boarded and took control of the MV Rachel Corrie Saturday afternoon. The troops did not meet any resistance from activists attempting to break the Gaza blockade, and the operation was completed without violent incidents.

The military said its forces boarded the 1,200-ton cargo ship from the sea, not helicopters. Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich said Saturday's takeover took only a few minutes and that the vessel was being taken to Ashdod port.

Prior to the takeover, three navy ships tailed the aid boat for several hours throughout the morning, a few dozen kilometers from the blockaded Strip. The army said it had contacted the boat four times and urged its passengers to divert to Ashdod, but the activists had repeatedly refused.
Here's audio of a conversation between the Irish captain and the IDF.

Let's go to the videotape.

Before the ship was boarded, the ship's operators also rejected a US appeal - issued by President Obama on Friday - to offload in Ashdod.

The JPost notes one reason why this boat was different than the last six:
This latest attempt to breach the blockade differs significantly from the flotilla the army intercepted on Monday, killing eight Turks and an American after being set upon by a group of activists. Nearly 700 activists had joined that operation, most of them aboard the lead boat from Turkey that was the scene of the violence. That boat, the Mavi Marmara, was sponsored by an Islamic aid group from Turkey, the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedom and Humanitarian Relief. Israel outlawed the group, known by its Turkish acronym IHH, in 2008 because of alleged ties to Hamas. By contrast, the Rachel Corrie was carrying just 11 passengers, whose effort was mainly sponsored by the Free Gaza movement, a Cyprus-based group that has renounced violence.
Renounced violence? How is supporting violence while not using it yourself renouncing violence?


At 11:03 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Got any engineering level info on the (how many?) rockets that have been fired randomly from Gaza onto Israeli civilian areas over the last few days? Supplemented by the last decade?

You must realize that the "world community" is trying to force you/Israel to accept unlimited "aid" going straight into Gaza WHILE you are under rocket fire, right? I just don't know why the bloody hell the Israeli govt isn't SCREAMING WARCRIMES everytime any Israeli govt official comes within a mile of a microphone! The ROCKETS are the key!

At 12:21 AM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Should have sunk it...

At 5:49 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

"Occupation" - agreed.

The Stupid Jews just have to prove they're more moral than the Christians. Why, I'll never understand.

At 11:34 PM, Blogger Robert stokes said...

These same "peace" activists, keep threatening me on my blog, because I made a comment on Emily "Cyclops" Henochowicz wblog


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