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Inevitabilul s-a produs: flotila Hamas nu recunoaşte blocada israeliană şi îşi continuă drumul spre Hamastan, sperând la o confruntare cu comandourile Tsahalului. Aşa cum era de aşteptat, este interceptată de forţele de securitate israeliene şi mor oameni, ceea ce se şid dorea, doar misiunea ei principala era demonizarea Israelului şi transformarea statului evreu în agresor imoral.
Media internaţională stângistă este la datorie, aşa că pregătiţi-vă pentru un cocktail de ură, dezinformare şi prostie. Puteţi fii siguri că pseudo-jurnaliştii români îşi vor aduce propria contribuţie la această campanie de denaturare a realităţii.
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Actualizare#1:Jerusalem Post: Gaza flotilla
Passengers tried to wrest weapons from soldiers, Army Radio reports; Turkish leadership call emergency meeting to discuss response to attack at sea, call in Israeli ambassador.
Passengers tried to grab weapons away from soldiers boarding the Gaza protest flotilla, starting the violence, Army Radio reported Tuesday morning, responding to accusations that Israeli commandos assaulted the ships guns blazing.
Activists aboard the ships repeatedly said they would not respond with violence to the navy’s interception of their flotilla.
At least two activists were killed and dozens more were wounded in clashes as hundreds of Israeli commandos boarded the ships, firing guns and employing gas, Turkish media and Al-Jazeera reported earlier Tuesday morning.
Al-Jazeera reported Turkish leaders called an emergency meeting to discuss responses to the attack at sea. The Israeli ambassador in Turkey was called in to offer explanations, according to a report.
Hamas Prime Minister Haniyeh came on Al-Jazeera to condemn the “brutal attack” and called on the UN to intervene on the activists’ behalf.
Apparently, IDF attempts to prevent broadcasting from the ships were unable to block the Turkish camera crew on board one of the ships.
The flotilla’s change of course earlier in the night to force the confrontation with the navy to occur in daylight seemed to have succeeded. The attack began still under cover of dark, but continued in daylight.
Earlier tonight, the IDF contacted the boats by radio, clarified that the Gaza Strip is a closed military zone and offered the sailors two options: to follow the navy to Ashdod Port or be commandeered by commandos, according to flotilla organizers.
The initial contact took place about 200 km. off the Gaza Coast. Flotilla organizers said they detected three Israel Navy ships on the radar.
Passengers on the ships were instructed to don life vests as organizers warned of potential Israeli violence.
Israel Radio quoted the flotilla’s organizers as saying they did not expect the navy to meet them so far out at sea.
International activists promised to send more aid ships to the besieged Gaza Strip late Sunday night, as the Israel Navy moved to intercept a flotilla of international vessels that were attempting to break the blockade of the Strip.
Israeli Navy ships set sail earlier Sunday night for what was expected to be a dramatic showdown out at sea as they try to prevent a flotilla of international aid ships from breaking the blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Actualizare#2: Barak: Flotilla organizers to blame for 15 dead activists
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in a press conference on Monday that while he was sorry for lives lost, the organizers of the Gaza-bound protest flotilla were solely responsible for the outcome of the fatal IDF raid earlier in the day. Fifteen activists were killed and dozens wounded in the violent clashes.
Barak said that the soldiers tried to disperse the activists aboard the ship peacefully but were forced to open fire to protect themselves.
He called the flotilla a provocation, specifically called the IHH, an Islamic aid organization, “extremist supporters of terror.”
The defense minister also called on Arab and Palestinian leaders not to let this “provocation by irresponsible people” ruin the progress made in proximity peace talks.
Actualizare#3: Ashkenazi: Soldiers acted in self defense
IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi said Monday that the violence aboard the Mavi Marmara, one of the ships of the Gaza-bound protest flotilla, was instigated by those aboard the ships and that soldiers who opened fire were defending themselves.
Ashkenazi noted that the Mavi Marmara, the only ship on which violence took place, was different than the other five ships of the flotilla. He said that five ships carried humanitarians and peace activists but the Mavi Marmara was sponsored by the extremist organization the IHH and those aboard acted in “extreme violence.”
Actualizare#4: Navy chief praises soldiers ‘bravery’
Israeli Navy commander Vice-Admiral Eliezer Marom said Monday that IDF soldiers that raided Mavi Marmara acted with “perseverance and bravery.”
Marom said that the soldiers lives were in danger and that they fired their weapons in self defense. He added that given the situation, many more than ten people could have been killed if the soldiers had not acted with the proper sensitivity.
Actualizare#5: Ayalon: Flotilla was ‘an armada of hate and violence’
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that the flotilla of ships “was an armada of hate and violence.”
Speaking at a Jerusalem press conference on Monday morning. “It was a premeditated and outrageous provocation” and its organizers had ties to global Jihad, al Qaida and Hamas, said Ayalon.
“Their intent was violent, their methods were violent and their results were unfortunately violent,” Ayalon said.
“Israel regrets the loss of life and did everything it could to avoid this outcome,” Ayalon stressed, adding that Israel had offered to transport the humanitarian cargo on board the ship to Gaza.
“The organizers on the ship did not heed the calls of our forces this morning to peacefully follow them and bring a peaceful closure to this event,” said Ayalon, iterating that the successful arrival of the flotilla in Gaza would have created “a corridor of arms smuggling.”
The Foreign Ministry has convened a noon meeting of all ambassadors in the country. The Turkish ambassador was requested to arrive half-an-hour early for a private conversation.
Political echelons, security and police hurried to respond on Monday to deadly clashes that took place earlier in the day between Navy commandos and members of a Turkish flotilla bound for Gaza.
Actualizare #6: Istanbul – confruntări între poliţie şi o gloată pro-Hamas
Poliţia turcă a fost nevoită să intervină pentru a împiedica luarea cu asalt a consulatului israelian.
Actualizare#7: Marina israeliană se adresează unei nave din flotilă căreia îi propune să acosteze în portul Ashdod
Actualizare#8: Membrii comandourilor israeliene sunt atacaţi de “pasangerii paşnici” de pe nava Mavi Marmara
Nu o să vedeţi aşa ceva pe Al-Jazeera, CNN, BBC sau la televiziunile sindicaliste şi socialiste din România.
Actualizare#9: “Pacifiştii” turci atacă soldaţi israeliani, lovindu-i cu bare de metal
Actualizare#10: Cine se află în spatele flotilei “umanitare”
[…] The organizations and passengers behind the Gaza flotilla have been variously described as “peace activists” and “humanitarian organizations”. This could not be further from the truth. The primary objective of this flotilla was not to deliver aid packages to Gaza but to spread anti-Israel propaganda in cooperation with Gaza’s Hamas rulers.
Playing a central role in the flotilla is the Turkish IHH organization, which besides its legitimate philanthropic activities is also, according to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, a supporter of radical Islamic networks, including Hamas, and at least in the past, even global jihad elements.
Amongst the other organizations involved in the flotilla is the International Solidarity Movement. The ISM has a shameful record of placing foreign nationals in danger through encouraging ‘direct action’, which resulted in the death of American citizen Rachel Corrie. In 2003, ISM’s extreme ideology was underscored when terrorists, originating from the UK, used ISM as a cover to attack Mike’s Place bar in Tel Aviv, murdering three people. More recently, ISM has been a leading force in the violent protests against the security barrier at Ni’lin, while an ISM activist has been jailed in the US, charged with “giving about $20,000 to a group he knew supported Hamas.”
An Al-Jazeera report from May 28, translated by MEMRI, shows activists on board before departing for Gaza, chanting Intifada songs aimed at Jews and praising martyrdom. Chants include “Intifada, intifada, intifada! Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews! The army of Mohammed will return!” relating to a seventh century massacre of Jews in Khaybar by early Muslims. […]
Actualizare#11: Soldat israelian înjunghiat de “pacifişti”
Actualizare#12: Pasagerii de pe Mavi Marmara atacând soldaţi israelieni
Actualizare#13: Pasagerii de pe Mavi Marmara atacând soldaţi israelieni (cu sunet)
Actualizare#14: Demonstraţie stângistă în Tel Aviv
Several hundred left-wing activists held a demonstration outside the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv on Monday, protesting a raid by IDF troops on the Gaza flotilla that left at least nine foreign activists dead.
The protestors, many of whom were waving Palestinian flags, included members of groups from across the spectrum of left-wing Israel, including Peace Now and Hadash as well as a large group of anarchists and communists. In the wake of the deadly raid, activists sang chants calling Israel a fascist state, and held signs, including some that called for a boycott.
Jubr, an Israeli-Arab activist from Hadash, said that he had come to the demonstration in order to “protest the massacre carried out by IDF pirates. We came to say no to these crimes, these crimes that they carry out on a regular basis. Our message is that we will continue to protest these actions as long as they occur.”
Organizers also vowed to hold an additional “mass protest” in Tel Aviv on Saturday night entitled “No to the next war! Two Jerusalems – One peace!”
Actualizare#15: Demonstraţie violentă anti-israeliană la Paris. S-a încercat intrarea cu forţa în ambasada Israelului
During a violent anti-Israel demonstration in Paris on Monday, demonstrators tried to break into the Israeli embassy.
The demonstration was in protest at the killing of nine pro-Gaza activists during the storming of the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara early on Monday morning.
About 1200 people took part in the noisy demonstration against Israel, and threw stones at police who cordoned off the embassy.
Actualizare#16: Arsenal “pacifist” descoperit de IDF
Actualizare#17: Mărturia unui soldat
Actualizare #18: ONU – Consiliul de Securitate condamnă acţiunea israeliană
Security Council condemns Navy attack “in the strongest terms.”
The UN Security Council on Tuesday called for an impartial investigation of Israel’s commando raid on ships taking humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip and condemning the “acts” that resulted in the loss of at least nine lives.
After an emergency meeting and marathon negotiations, the 15 council members agreed on a presidential statement that was weaker than that initially demanded by the Palestinians, Arabs and Turkey.
They had called for condemnation of the attack by Israeli forces “in the strongest terms” and “an independent international investigation.”
The UN statement followed a Chinese condemnation, in which Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said Beijing was “appalled, and condemns the Israeli navy’s attack on the Turkish fleet shipping humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.”
Some 480 passengers from the Gaza-bound flotilla which was raided by Israeli forces were detained on Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
Forty-five detainees have already been deported from Ben Gurion International Airport, while an additional three are waiting for flights out of the country.
Approximately 130 activists are being transferred to the Ela Prison in Beersheba, where 480 detainees are currently being held.
The Israel Prison Service said that the prisoners will not be brought before court due to the special Interior Ministry orders they are being detained under. They also reported that the prisoners will be able to meet with attorneys or consuls from their home country.
Among the detainees is the Islamic Movement’s Northern branch leader, Sheikh Raed Salah, according to Israel Radio. Salah was said to have been injured in the Monday raid, but the reports turned out to be false.
Arab MK Haneen Zoabi had been detained, but was released after she was questioned by authorities.
Actualizare#20: Declaraţia lui Netanyahu
Actualizare#21: Umanismul pacifist în toată urâţenia sa – “pacifiştii” au l-au refuzat pe tatăl lui Gilad Shalit
Ipocrizia pacifismului a fost demonstrată de la bun început: “pacifiştii” au refuzat să îl ajute pe Noam Shalit să îi trimită fiului său, capturat de gruparea teroristă Hamas în vara lui 2006, un pachet şi o scrisoare.
Actualizare#22: Ajutoarele umanitare trimise de Israel
Israel continues to transfer basic food supplies and humanitarian goods into the Gaza Strip. Items such as medical supplies, meat, chicken, fish, grains, legumes, oil, flour, salt, sugar, fresh vegetables and dairy products as well as animal feed, hygiene products and clothes are all transferred through the Israel-Gaza goods crossings, Kerem Shalom and Karni. The total amount of aid transferred from Israel to Gaza in 2009 increased by 180 percent, compared to the amount transferred 2008.
A flotilla of nine vessels organized by pro-Palestinian activists is currently en route to Gaza carrying various goods. However, the total amount of supplies transported by the flotilla, 10,000 tons, is less than the weekly average amount of goods transferred by Israel into Gaza.
Humanitarian Aid Transferred from Israel to Gaza in 2010, as of May 8, 2010:
In 2010, 230,690 tons of humanitarian aid has been transferred from Israel into Gaza through the Israel-Gaza goods crossings
More than 6.5 million gallons (25 million liters) of heavy duty diesel fuel for Gaza’s power station has been transferred from Israel to Gaza
More than 12,000 tons of cooking oil has been transferred into Gaza
6,354 Gazans have entered Israel on medical grounds
86 truckloads of flowers and strawberries have been exported from Gaza into Israel
Humanitarian Aid Transferred from Israel to Gaza in 2009:
738,576 tons of humanitarian aid was transferred from Israel into Gaza through the Israel-Gaza goods crossings
More than 26 million gallons (100 million liters) of heavy duty diesel for the Gaza power station was transferred from Israel to Gaza
10,544 patients from Gaza, along with their escorts, passed into Israel for medical attention
4,883 tons of medical equipment and medicines entered Gaza
44,500 H1N1 vaccines sent from Israel to Gaza95 truckloads of equipment for water and sewage systems were transferred into Gaza from Israel
Humanitarian Aid Transferred from Israel to Gaza in 2008:
263,063 tons of humanitarian aid was transferred from Israel into Gaza through the Israel-Gaza goods crossings
More than 18 million gallons (70 million liters) of heavy duty diesel for the Gaza power station was transferred from Israel to Gaza
Actualizare#23: Ajutoarele aduse din Turcia sunt transferate în Gaza de către IDF
Alte informaţii pot fi găsite aici: IDF Online
Actualizare#24: Pasagerii de pe Mavi Marmara au deschis focul asupra comandoului israelian
Un schimb de replici intre soldatii israelieni, in timp ce in fundal se trage si se aud strigate de Allah Akhbar!, Allah e mare!.
Actualizare#25: A nu se uita – ce “arme” aveau în mână membrii comandoului israelian cotonogit de “pacifişti”
Soldaţii israelieni care au coborât pe Mavi Marmara erau “înarmaţi” cu paintball rifles.
Oficialii au estimat că militarii vor întâmpina o rezistenţă uşoară şi o posibilă violenţă minoră. De aceea, comandantul operaţiunii a decis ca elicopterul să survoleze direct puntea superioară a vasului. Prima frânghie folosită de comando pentru a coborî pe puntea superioară a vasului Marmara a fost prinsă de activişti, în marea lor majoritate turci, şi legată de o antenă în speranţa ca aceasta va doborî elicopterul. Cu toate acestea, luptătorii Flotilei 13 au decis să continue operaţiunea.
În timp ce membrii comandoului ajungeau pe punte unul câte unul, pasagerii ce îi aşteptau au început atacul cu ciomege, bare de metal şi praştii cu bile de sticlă. Militarii au fost înhăţaţi unul câte unul şi bătuţi rău, dar au încercat să riposteze.
Cu toate acestea, spre ghinionul lor, soldaţii erau dotaţi doar cu puşti cu bile de vopsea [paintball rifles], în genul celor folosite pentru a dispersa manifestaţii minore, precum cea de la Bilin. Cert este că aceste puşti nu i-au impresionat deloc pe activiştii ce au continuat să îi lovească şi au încercat chiar să le smulgă armele.
Un soldat care a venit în ajutorul unui camarad a fost capturat de revoltaţi şi a îndurat lovituri severe. Membrii comandoului erau echipaţi şi cu pistoale adevărate, însă au fost avertizaţi că le pot folosi numai în cazul în care viaţa le este pusă în primejdie. De îndată ce un membru al comandoului ajungea pe punte, era avertizat: ” nu trage! nu trage!” chiar şi în situaţia în care primea lovituri zdravene din partea pacifiştilor.
În loc de bătăuşi de stradă, comandoul se aştepta să găsească mai degrabă activişti politici ce doreau să ţină un protest. Soldaţilor li s-a spus să încerce să-i convingă verbal pe protestatari şi să folosească puştile cu bile de vopsea doar în cazul în care pacifiştii nu renunţau la rezistenţă. Ei au fost autorizaţi să folosească armele de foc numai în condiţii extreme.
Planul de a ajunge pe puntea de comandă părea imposibil, chiar şi cu sosirea celui de-al doilea elicopter cu trupe. ”Aruncaţi grenadele lacrimogene” a strigat comandantul comandoului ce monitoriza situaţia, acesta fiind foarte aproape, într-o barcă ce încerca să abordeze vasul Marmara prin spate.
Militarii au ascultat sfatul comandantului, însă manifestanţii, al căror număr ajunsese la 30 între timp, continuau să-i lovească pe militarii care ajungeau pe punte din elicopter. La un moment dat, pacifiştii au prins un militar, i-au luat arma şi l-au aruncat de pe puntea superioară. Acesta a căzut pe puntea inferioară, pierzându-şi cunoştinţa în urma unei lovituri la cap.
Abia după acest incident membrii comandoului au cerut permisiunea să folosească armele de foc. Comandantul le-a aprobat cererea, iar soldaţii au început să ţintească picioarele atacatorilor - o mişcare ce a tăiat avântul pacifiştilor. Chiar şi aşa însă, aceştia au început să tragă la rândul lor în militari.
“Am văzut vîrful unei ţevi de puşcă ivindu-se de după scări”, a declarat un membru al comandoului. “A tras în noi şi noi am ripostat. Nu ne dăm seama dacă l-am atins. L-am căutat mai târziu şi nu l-am putut găsi.” Doi militari au fost răniţi de gloanţe la genunchi şi stomac de către pistoalele ce se pare că au fost furate de la militarii prinşi de activiştii pentru pace.
În timpul învălmăşelii de pe punte un alt soldat a fost înjunghiat, iar în urma anchetei ce a urmat s-au găsit bîte, cuţite şi prăştii folosite de activiştii pentru pace, înainte ca militarii să preia comanda vasului. Se pare că pacifiştii erau bine pregătiţi de luptă.
Unii dintre pasagerii vasului s-au strâns la pupa navei lovind peste mâini pe soldaţii ce încercau să abordeze. Abia după o jumătate de oră de lupte încleştate, militarii au reuşit preluarea conducerii vasului Marmara.
Actualizare#26: “Pacifiştii” îi atacă pe soldaţii israelieni care încearcă să urce la bord
Actualizare#27: Prim-ministrul islamist al Turciei: “azi începe o nouă eră”
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called Tuesday for Israel to be punished for storming a Turkish aid ship and said “nothing would ever be the same” in relations between the two allies.
Turkey was infuriated by the killing of nine people, including four Turks, during the Israeli assault Monday to stop a convoy of six vessels delivering aid to the Gaza Strip, and 368 Turks were still being held in Israel.
“Israel’s behavior should definitely, definitely be punished,” a spirited Erdogan told a meeting of his parliamentary deputies broadcast on live television.
“No one should try to test Turkey’s patience,” he said.
“The time has come for the international community to say ‘enough’,” he said. “The United Nations must not stop at its resolution condemning Israel, but stand behind its resolution.”…
“Israel should lift the inhumane embargo on Gaza right away. Killing innocent people is a wicked recklessness,” he said.
Erdogan has become popular throughout the Islamic world for his trenchant criticism of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. With an election due by July next year, Erdogan could bolster support for his Islamist-leaning AK Party….
“Today is the beginning of a new age. Things will never be the same again,” he declared. “We will never turn our back on the Palestinians.”…
Actualizare#28: “Pacifiştii” violenţi aveau legături cu grupările teroriste
The ongoing interrogation of passengers who were aboard the Marmara – the Gaza aid flotilla’s flagship – revealed that the majority of those who attacked the Israeli Naval Commandos boarding the ship have direct and indirect Global Jihad ties. Israel’s investigation has revealed some 100 people infiltrated the peace and humanitarian aid activists making their way to Gaza, with the explicit design to attack Israeli soldiers using cold arms.
Some among that group are believed to have ties with World Jihad groups, mainly al-Qaeda.
The majority of suspects are Turks, but some are Yemenites and Indonesian. One Yemenite Islamist was photographed with a dagger in his belt prior to the raid.
The suspects are not cooperating with investigators. Most of them have no identification papers, and Israeli authorities are still trying to ascertain their identity.
Nevertheless, it is clear that the majority were recruited by the same IHH handler who organized the flotilla.
IHH is a Turkish humanitarian relief fund with a radical Islamic anti-Western orientation.
Some of the suspects were found to be carrying large sums of money. Others had Kevlar vests and gas masks; and all were found to be carrying weapons such as knives, metal clubs and slingshots….
Actualizare#29: “Pacifiştii” se pregătesc de luptă
Actualizare#30: Un pasager de pe Mavi Marmara vroia să devină martir pentru cauza Islamului
Actualizare#31: Arsenalul pacifist. Trăiască lupta pentru pace!
Trăiască lupta pentru pace!
Actualizare#32: Procuratura militară israeliană a publicat concluziile legale ale interceptării flotilei Gaza
According to the Laws of Armed Conflict, a state party to an armed conflict has the right to establish a naval blockade on its enemy’s coast for security reasons. A naval blockade means preventing the passage (entry or exit) of all vessels to or from the ports and coastal areas of the enemy, irrespective of the kind of cargo carried by these vessels.
The power to impose a naval blockade is well established under customary international law. It is a common practice, and even the Charter of the United Nations, when enumerating the different actions which can be taken by the Security Council in order to maintain or restore international peace and security, explicitly mentions the naval blockade among these measures (Article 42 of the Charter).
Similarly, Article 7.7.1 of the “Commander’s Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations”, published by the U.S Navy on July 2007 (hereinafter: The US Navy Handbook), explains that:
“Blockade is a belligerent operation to prevent vessels and/or aircraft of all nations, enemy as well as neutral, from entering or exiting specified ports, airfields, or coastal areas belonging to, occupied by, or under the control of enemy nation. While the belligerent right of visit and search is designed to interdict the flow of contraband goods, the belligernt right of blockade is intended to prevent vessels and aircraft, regardless of their cargo, from crossing an established and published and publicized cordon seperationg the enemy from international waters and/or airspace”
International law sets several conditions for a legal naval blockade (these conditions are reflected, for example, in the “San Remo Manual on International Law applicable to Armed Conflict at Sea” from 1994: hereinafter The San Remo Manual):
Public declaration – a blockade shall be publicly declared and notified to all States that might be affected by its establishment, in particular those states whose vessels are sailing or suppose to be sailing near the relevant area. The declaration shall specify, among other things, the commencement, duration (as far as it is known when the blockade is established) and geographical boundries of the blockade.
Effectiveness – no fictitious blockade shall be established. A State that declares a naval blockade must enforce it in practice. An ineffective blockade whould expire.
Impatiality – a blockade must be applied impartially to vessels of all States (including of those carrying the flag of the State which imposed it).
Access to neutral States – a naval blockade must not bar access to the ports and coasts of neutral States.
Passage of humanitarian assistance – a naval blockade is imposed for security reasons. Thus, the blockading party must provide for passage of humanitarian assistance for the civilian population of the blockaded area. This obligation is subject to the right of the blockading party to prescribe the technical arrangements, including search, under which the passage is permitted, in order to make sure that no means are transferred to the benefit of the enemy, rather than to the civilian population, and that the humanitarian assistance is distributed under the supervision of a neutral party which prevents the abuse of humanitarian assistance by the enemy.
The naval blockade imposed by the State of Israel on the Gaza strip, which was violated by the vessels participating in the current flotilla, is in conformity with the aforementioned rules of international law:
Public declaraion – on 03.01.2009, during operation “Cast Lead”, the State of Israel declared a naval blockade on the Gaza strip, in the distance of 20 miles from the coast. The naval blockade was established for a clear military necessity – to prevent the military strengthening of Hamas by stopping the entry of terrorist elements and the smuggling of weapons into the Gaza strip, an aim supported also by the Security Council Resolution 1860. The establishment of the Naval blockade was published by the ordinary international channels. These publications detailed the geographical boundries of the blockaded area (by coordinates) and emphasized that the naval blockade shall be in force until a further notice. Before the current flotilla had begun, the State of Israel approached the States involved, by diplomatic channels, and the organizers of the flotilla were well aware of the blockade.
Effectiveness – the naval blockade on the Gaza strip has been effectively enforced by the State of Israel since its commencement. Indeed, before it was established, Israel allowed the entry of a vessel carrying humanitarian assistance into Gaza, but since the naval blockade was declared, no vessel was allowed in.
Impartiality – the naval blockade has been enforced on the vessels of all states, with no discrimination.
Access to neutral States – the naval blockade on Gaza has not affected, in any manner, the access of vessels to the ports or coasts of neutral States.
Passage of humanitarian assistance – the State of Israel allowed the passage of humanitarian assistance into the Gaza strip long before the naval blockade had been imposed. This assistance has entered Gaza through the crossing points between Israel and Gaza, subject to security check and in coordination with international organizations working in Gaza. The State of Israel openly declared that it will allow the enty of the humanitarian goods carried by the current flotilla into Gaza, after it is unloaded in Israel, in the port of Ashdod.
In conclusion, the naval blockade imposed by the State of Israel on the Gaza strip is in accordance with international law.
Passage of a vessel through a blockaded area or entrance into it without special entry or exit authorization from the State imposing the blockade is considered a breach of the blockade. According to the Law of Armed Conflict at Sea, if there are reasonable grounds to believe it has breached a naval blockade, the State imposing the blockade is authorized to capture the vessel, and if it resists capture and refuses to stop, after prior warning, it may be attacked.
For instance, rule 1710.4 of the ICRC Model Manual of the Law of Armed Conflict for Armed Forces, published in 1999, indicates that:
“Merchant vessels believed on reasonable ground to be breaching a blockade may be captured and those which, after prior warning, clearly resist capture may be attacked”.
Moreover, the State imposing the blockade may capture a vessel even prior to its entering to the blockaded area, if it is attempting to breach the Naval Blockade, i.e. is on its way to the blockaded area and there are reasonable grounds to believe it intendes to breach the Naval Blockade. Capture of a vessel attempting to breach a Naval Blockade can be done in international waters, before entrance to the blockaded area, but not in the territorial waters of neutral States.
In other words, the legal authority to capture a vessel is independent of whether at the time of capture the vessel had already entered the blockaded area or was in international waters on its way to breach the blockade.
Actualizare#33: “taci din gură, întoarce-te la Auschwitz”
Conversaţii pacifiste cu flotila păcii.
Actualizare#34: Televiziune germana despre IHH şi “pacifiştii” de pe Marmara
The three German leftist activists interviewed claimed all participants were from humanitarian organizations and talked about all the fun they’d had. They had no interest in knowing that they were being used.
The show then contrasts this with material about the extremism of the IHH, which organized the trip. Those about to depart on the ship—who shortly thereafter would be attacking the arriving Israeli soldiers—chanted, “Oh, you Jews.…the army of the prophet Muhamad will return–just like in Kaibar [where Jewish men were massacred and women and children forcibly converted and sold into slavery]….Intifada until victory!”
For the militants, this was a revolutionary act, a raid, not a humanitarian mission. Of course, the vast majority of those on the ships were just trying to do a good deed, but they were not the ones who determined that the outcome would be a violent confrontation.
Mete Cubukcu, editor-in-chief of NTV, one of Turkey’s largest television networks, explains how the IHH, which organized and led the flotilla, is linked to radical groups and Jihad fighters, including those who murdered a beloved Armenian journalist.
Then there’s the interview with IHH and flotilla leader Yildrim on board the Mavi Marmara (3:40). He says they know Israel will stop the ship and that when this happens, there will be huge demonstrations throughout the world.
The show then interviews Michael Kiefer, a left-wing expert on Islam from Erfurt University. He says that the Turks on board were not peace activists as this term is understood in the West, but people advocating violence and revolutionary activity.
What’s most ironic is that many of the Turks on the ship were from the IHH and an extremist nationalist group, the BBP. Three years ago, the left-wing party to which the three German participants belonged applied to the German government to label these groups as “racist” with a “propensity for violence and totalitarian structures based on the führer principle” equivalent to a German neo-Nazi movement.
When asked by a German television reporter: “You seem not to have bothered from the outset about who would travel with you,” Annette Groth, the left-wing member of parliament who was on the ship angrily ended the conversation. She and her colleagues didn’t want to know how they’d served as human shields for violent groups acting in support of a terrorist, racist group, Hamas.
Those in the media who continue to cover up or ignore these facts should be asked why, to paraphrase the German reporter’s question to Groth, “You seem not to have bothered by the nature of the extremists, terrorists, and antisemitic groups for whom you’re making propaganda.
Actualizare#35 – Secvenţa completă a incidentului Folotilei Gaza
From this video we learn:
* Even though the Australian reporter said that the IDF timed the raid for Muslim prayers, the Muslims on board prayed well beforehand
* The “bloodstains” that were mentioned on the ladder were from paintballs
* The helicopter caught on the video is almost certainly the third one
* Even though the top deck had the hardcore IHH jihadists, the “humanitarians” on the lower deck still were prepared with slingshots and at least a few with metal poles
* At 50:30 we see people still waiting to ambush soldiers with metal bars and chains, in full view of all the “peace activists.” No one says a word against this. One person opens up a package or something (pepper spray?) with a fairly large knife.
* There is an intriguing edit at about the 1:00:40 mark where someone starts saying what sounds like “Stupid Jews, stupid Zionists, to try to (unitelligible) soldiers” – then he gets edited out.
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Actualizare#36 – 17 iunie 2010 – Iranul si Hezbollah in spatele flotilei de weekendul viitor
Ya Libnan reports on the women’s “aid” ship that is supposed to sail from Lebanon to Gaza this weekend:
An aid ship transporting medical supplies to Gaza will leave Lebanon in the coming days with dozens of women activists on board, one of the organisers told AFP on Tuesday.
“We are all independent women who believe in breaking the siege on Gaza and are committed to the enmity of the Zionist entity,” said Samar Hajj, who is coordinating the trip.
She stressed the women were not affiliated with the militant group Hezbollah, or any other political organisation.
“This has nothing to do with Hezbollah even though it is an honour for us to be supporters of the resistance,” said Hajj, whose husband Ali Hajj was one of four generals detained for nearly four years in connection with the 2005 car bombing that killed then Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri and 22 others.