Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Not with a bang but a whimper ...

According to this report:


"The navy intercepted the French-flagged vessel after it informed the ship that it was nearing the Gaza blockade lines and must change its course to the Ashdod port or Egypt. The ship refused to divert its course, causing Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Benny Grantz to give the navy permission to take control of the yacht.

The navy told the passengers to prepare for a "calm boarding." There was no resistance and the 15 activists on board were transferred to a naval ship participating in the mission. The passengers were provided with food and water and checked by an IDF doctor. They will be taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod, where they will undergo standard security procedures and transferred to Interior ministry officials and immigration authorities. [-]

Passengers on the ship included citizens of Canada, France, Greece, Sweden and Tunisia, as well as Israeli Haaretz journalist Amira Hass and a team from Al-Jazeera TV.

On Monday, representatives of the ship issued a statement saying "The presence at sea by the Dignity-Al Karama is a setback for the Israeli government who by force and coercion seeks to perpetuate the illegal and criminal blockade to silence civil society movements around the world."


4 Comments:

At 7:34 PM EDT, Anonymous Brian Goldfarb said...

Why am I not surprised that there is a distinct disjuncture between what the report says (presumably as provided by the IDF) that "There was no resistance and the 15 activists on board were transferred to a naval ship participating in the mission" and what representatives of the BDS gang say, namely that "The presence at sea by the Dignity-Al Karama is a setback for the Israeli government who by force and coercion seeks to perpetuate the illegal and criminal blockade to silence civil society movements around the world" when it appears that no force was used.

No force is hardly in the interests of the sponsors of the boat. Pity they have to fabricate their story, which those who peddle myths about Israel will be only too willing to believe: the truth is far too prosaic for them.

 
At 11:31 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in other Navy news,
The USS George H W Bush aircraft super-carrier is currently deployed in the Arabian Sea aka Persian Gulf, with a permanent Torah on board, commanded by Admiral Nora Tyson, the first female American carrier group admiral.
Imagine how THAT is twisting the brains of both the Shi'a and the Sunnis.

Not to mention that it seems there are enough Jewish Marines deployed in Afghanistan to merit a Pesach seder:

"...This Shabbat, July 15-16, Congregation Beth Am in Longwood welcomes home Rabbi Josh Sherwin, United States Navy chaplain serving with the Marine Corps, as he returns from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. He hosted a Passover Seder and brought Pesach to Kabul during his most recent deployment.

Lt. Sherwin, whose parents are Elissa and Rabbi Rick Sherwin of Congregation Beth Am and whose maternal grandfather is Rabbi Kassel Abelson, is also breaking new ground in a meaningful way. He recently participated in dedicating the Torah that is kept in the built-in aron kodesh aboard the USS George H.W. Bush. America’s newest aircraft carrier is the first ship of its kind to have a permanent home for a Torah instead of just a portable ark. ..."
http://heritagefl.com/2011/07/15/rabbi-josh-sherwin-returns-from-afghanistan/

K2K

 
At 9:43 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Archive Search of Shiurim by Rabbi Ari Kahn

 
At 1:34 AM EDT, Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

And notice, they didn't even dunk Amira while transferring her...

 

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