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    Photo by AP

Israel commandos ‘peacefully’ board Jewish Gaza-bound aid boat

IDF says commandos peacefully intercepted the ‘Irene’, the latest vessel to try to breach an on the Palestinian territory in the wake of Israel’s deadly flotilla raid in May.

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”.

IDF chief spokesman Avi Benayahu deplored the fact that “naval forces and fighters are being diverted from our main mission” to “a surreal assignment” of intercepting a boatload of activists.

“Its entire intention was to generate media attention and (stage) a provocation. This matter is especially regrettable as we are talking about a group of Jews and of Israeli citizens, and even someone who has worn an IDF officer’s uniform.”

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.


Another report and video can be found HERE

The crew…..


  1. September 28, 2010 at 18:02

    I find the reporting here nauseating. This report is little more than a vile obfuscation of the ongoing genocidal war being waged by European Jews in the Middle East they have invaded.

    These people are not civilized. THEY are the invading hoards. Call this what it is, and make no far-too-easily inferred apologies for the vile creed of the European Jews supposedly seeking a Jewish-homeland -that was never theirs -except in fantasy-.

    There is nothing “peaceful” about any of this. This is exactly like calling armed and murderous Jewish land thieves — “settlers”. That is about as subtle as a hammer to the head.

    This murderous war has gone on for far more than a half-century.

    The Jews in this land are poisoning the wells and burning the crops of the Palestinians. They are raping the Palestinian women and children, beating -into unconsciousness and -to death -the Palestinian elderly. The Jews are poisoning the Palestinians with every sort of poison that can be imagined trying to exterminate the Palestinians -just as if they were vermin.

    These Jewish land thieves have armed themselves with nuclear weapons and are now holed-up and shaking their fists -threatening the whole world.

    These Jewish land thieves have infiltrated the American government and aligned themselves with an American criminal cabal that has seized that government -of late -going back decades.

    These Jewish Land thieves helped to perpetrate the 9-11 attack.

    At least, if the intention is to be a murderous, festering – sore – they could own up to it.

    Writing about it, as if NOTHING REALLY HAPPENED, is worse than the whining about what goes on when they suffer retaliations for their own stupidity.

    Who honestly thinks they are gaining by any of this? Is there a Jewish Rabbi who will stand up here and say something that justifies the stupidity of all this?

    No. Every Rabbi is a liar by their moral omission.

    The moral imperative of life is to live a life that detracts not at all from the lives available to those who will follow us into this world.


    These Rabbis would rather take a wait-and-see attitude, hoping against hope -that all their ongoing lies -might somehow prove something exclusively important about the Jewish people.

    They know what it proves -up until now-.

    It proves the Jewish people have no viable philosophy, Rabbi.

    A Rabbi is a huckster, a charlatan -a fraud- who puffs his own supposedly superior knowledge and importance.

    A Rabbi’s guilt must be immensely sorrowful -today.

    What has happened to the Jewish people, Rabbi? What is this?

  2. September 29, 2010 at 05:53

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