Tue Sep 28, 2010
Israeli warships have intercepted a Jewish aid boat heading for the Gaza Strip to break the crippling blockade of the impoverished territory.
“Ten Israeli warships forced the boat to head for (the Israeli port) of Ashdod by force, but without raiding the ship,” Amjad al-Shawa, a Gaza-based organizer told AFP.
“They surrendered because they were surrounded. They had no choice,” he further explained.
Israel seizes Gaza aid boat
Al Jazeera English
28 Sep 2010
Voyage organised by European Jewish groups to condemn “collective punishment against 1.5 million Palestinians”.
An aid ship carrying eight Jewish activists from Europe, Israel, and the US was apprehended by the Israeli navy just miles off the coast of Gaza after being warned by a warship.
Navy commandos boarded the Irene, and then the passengers were led off the boat.
Rich Cooper, an organiser with Independent Jewish Voices, told Al Jazeera that his group is now demanding the immediate release of the activists.
The ship had left the port of Famagusta in Turkish-held northern Cyprus on Sunday afternoon.
Video of IDF troops boarding Gaza-bound boat
RussiaToday | September 28, 2010
A boat carrying Jewish activists attempting to reach blockaded Gaza was forced to divert to the port of Ashdod in Israel by ten Israeli warships. Among those on the aid boat is a Holocaust survivor and an Israeli man who lost his daughter in a Palestinian suicide bombing. Richard Cooper spoke to those on board about how the ship was made to change course.
‘In our world Islamic sympathizers are called terrorists’
RussiaToday | September 27, 2010
Jewish activists aboard a boat sailing towards the Gaza blockade say they expect Israel to intercept them. The campaigners say their objective is to show not all Jews support their government’s policy towards the Palestinians. The attempt to deliver humanitarian aid comes almost four months after an Israeli raid on another flotilla ended with nine activists being killed. The incident was condemned worldwide and labelled a brutal and disproportionate attack. The Jewish state still claims the incident was ‘self-defence’ and considers the Turkish charity group which led the flotilla, terrorists linked to HAMAS. A recent UN report came to the conclusion that Israel’s military broke international laws. RT talked to UN Watch, a group that is part of the American Jewish lobby, that monitors the activities of the United Nations. Its executive director Hillel Neuer believes the ongoing investigation is nothing more than another attack on Israel. The outcry over the flotilla deaths did lead to an easing of the Gaza blockade, although some restrictions are still in place. And Adnan Abu Hasna from the United Nations relief agency says easing the blockade made little difference to life in Gaza.