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Ship sponsored in part by Carter Center to challenge Israeli blockade of Gaza [Jimmah goes to war!]
IMRA ^ | 7-20-08

Posted on 07/20/2008 7:07:17 AM PDT by SJackson

Ship sponsored in part by Carter Center to challenge Israeli blockade of Gaza Port

http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=39984

"Free Gaza" initiative to try and enter Gaza by sea and open port Date: 19 / 07 / 2008 Time: 14:58 www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=30657

Bethlehem - Ma'an - A small shipping vessel will set sail for Gaza from Cyprus on 5 August expecting to be illegally detained as it enters Gazan waters.

The waters off the Gaza Strip are patrolled by Israeli naval vessels, and Israel enforces a "Fishing Limit" that is 6 nautical miles (11.1 km) from the Gaza shore. These restrictions on access and borders are enforced despite the 2005 Israeli "disengagement" from the Gaza Strip.

There will be 60 people aboard the "Free Gaza" vessel including a Holocaust survivor a survivor of the Palestinian Nakba, and members of the international Palestinian diaspora.

The crew intends to travel into the Gaza strip, past the international waters boundary, the 1996 Oslo accords boundary (20 nautical miles from the Gaza coast), the 2002 Bertini agreement boundary (12 nautical miles and 22.2 km from the Gaza coast) and the current "Fishing Limit" imposed by the Israeli navy since October 2006.

Legally, the group says there should be no problem passing each of these lines since Israel disengaged from the Gaza strip in 2005 and should no longer its control airspace and territorial waters.

The initiative hopes to draw attention to the continued de facto occupation of Gaza. In an interview with Ma'an on Saturday, a spokesperson for the group in Israel said that the crew expects to be stopped by the Israeli navy shortly after they cross from international waters into Gazan territorial waters, which according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, extend 12 nautical miles (22.2 km) from an area's shoreline.

While Israel has not signed the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, they did sign the Bertini Agreement in August 2002 with the UN, which stated that Gazan territory extended the full 12 nautical miles from the shore.

In June 2005, Israel unilaterally "disengaged" from Gaza and withdrew all troops to the 1967 borders. In theory, Gazans control the entire Strip, excluding approximately 650 meters along the eastern border which is called a buffer and "no go" zone.

The trip organizers think one of four things will happen to the ship: it may be stopped as it crosses or approaches the barrier marking the international waters boundary, in which case the crew is prepared to stay on board for at least two weeks in protest of the illegal halt of passage. The second possibility envisioned by the organizers is that the ship will be allowed to pass into the area, and will be stopped in the territorial waters. In this eventuality the crew expects to be arrested, and the ship dragged to shore.

A third possibility is that the ship will be sunk by the navy.

The final option is that the ship actually makes it through to the Gaza port near Gaza City in the north of the Strip.

According to Holocaust survivor and crew member Hedy Epstein, in the event that they can get through to Gaza they will "open the port, fish with the fishermen, help in the clinics, and work in the schools."

What Epstein hopes to do on this journey is to "remind the world that we will not stand by and watch 1.5 million people suffer death by starvation and disease."

Coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Siege, Palestinian Legislative Council member and lawyer Jamal Al-Khudari said that he hopes the arrival of the ship in Gaza will mean an end to the siege. He emphasized that the ship has a right to enter the local waters and Gazans have the right to host their guests without Israeli intervention.

Opening a port in Gaza would allow residents to export agricultural products, and gain control over the goods and material brought into the region. Currently, all crossing points are controlled by Israel and Egypt. The truce between Hamas and Israel was supposed to see the blockade and restriction on essential goods lifted, but food, medical supplies, cement and fuel are still only trickling in.

The ship was invited to Gaza by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights and the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, and support for the initiative was provided in part from Carter Center in the US and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=39987

Text: Press release describing plans to send ship to Gaza and claim the Carter Center "backing our effort"

Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: What better way to encourage peace than to open up the Gaza Port so that Hamas can accelerate its already massive smuggling of weapons.

That's "peace" as in "rest in peace".

#1: Group website: " Backing our Effort The Carter Center, www.cartercenter.org " www.freegaza.org/index.php?language=EN&module=endorse

#2: Group press release:

For Immediate Release Contact: The Free Gaza Movement FriendsofGaza@gmail.com

Setting Sail on August 1, 2008 to Break the Siege of Gaza www.freegaza.org/uploads/image_gallery/june2008.pdf

We will no longer wait for the United Nations to enforce over 65 resolutions against Israel, or for Israel to come forward and uphold the rights of Palestinians guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Fourth Geneva Convention. We choose, instead, to sail to Gaza in August and declare our solidarity with the Palestinians.

Forty to seventy Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals from 15 countries will sail to Gaza during the sixty-year anniversary of the Nakba - the forcible expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their lands to create Israel -to challenge Israeli control over the open-air prison called Gaza.

Israel says Gaza is no longer occupied; yet it denies Palestinians access to jobs, travel, commerce, education, and medical care. Its military has turned the Gaza Strip into an open-air concentration camp controlled by land, sea and air. In the past year, the people of Gaza have barely had enough to eat, as Israel withholds food and energy in an attempt to starve them into submission.

We choose nonviolent civil resistance against the unjust policies of occupation to show that everyone of conscience can participate in resisting injustice.

If you are media, please email us to reserve a place on the boat or boats; we intend to have satellite capabilities onboard; we will keep you posted on dates and locations over the next two months.

The Free Gaza Movement 405 Vista Heights Road El Cerrito, CA 94530


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dhimmicarter; fisa; gaza; israel; loganact; ship

1 posted on 07/20/2008 7:07:17 AM PDT by SJackson
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Wonder how large the Carter fleet is?

Beware the Zionist rabbit Jimmy, he's everywhere.


2 posted on 07/20/2008 7:10:38 AM PDT by SJackson (I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), roasted grasshopper (crunchy), BH Obama)
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3 posted on 07/20/2008 7:15:20 AM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: SJackson

4 posted on 07/20/2008 7:19:00 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: SJackson

Sink it.


5 posted on 07/20/2008 7:35:00 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: SJackson

“a Holocaust survivor a survivor of the Palestinian Nakba”

What a crock of shit. Only a brain-dead liberal do-gooder would equate the two.

They are at war with the five million survivors of Arab terrorism.


6 posted on 07/20/2008 7:35:17 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Boycott Washington D.C. until they allow gun ownership)
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To: SJackson

Carter is the perfect representative of Democrat foreign policy. Someone who loves our enemies, hates our friends, and does everything he can to damage U.S. goals and interests.


7 posted on 07/20/2008 7:36:43 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Boycott Washington D.C. until they allow gun ownership)
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To: Slings and Arrows

8 posted on 07/20/2008 7:40:11 AM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: redstateconfidential

Run silent, run deep.


9 posted on 07/20/2008 7:41:19 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: popdonnelly

In all due respect, she was not a Holocaust survivor-she escaped before the concentration camps—what kind of person wears the badges of other people’s suffering? (john kerry perhaps?)


10 posted on 07/20/2008 7:41:22 AM PDT by richardtavor (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the name of the G-d of Jacob)
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To: SJackson

How do you say, “ Heave to, and abandon ship, for I intend to sink you”, in Hebrew????


11 posted on 07/20/2008 7:50:13 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: SJackson

Such brave people. Will they initiate a venture to Sudan, Kenya, or Tibet? Nah.


12 posted on 07/20/2008 7:58:28 AM PDT by BusterBear
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To: richardtavor
what kind of person wears the badges of other people’s suffering? (john kerry perhaps?)

And John McCain.
13 posted on 07/20/2008 7:58:34 AM PDT by John D
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To: John D

McCain actually suffered for 5 years, I doubt that Kerry ever did....


14 posted on 07/20/2008 8:08:12 AM PDT by richardtavor (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the name of the G-d of Jacob)
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To: John D

Huh?


15 posted on 07/20/2008 8:15:05 AM PDT by ataDude (What are you blabbing about??)
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To: SJackson
Jimmy Carter.....hard at work making the world safe for arms and drug smugglers.

What a legacy.

16 posted on 07/20/2008 8:37:22 AM PDT by cookcounty (Obama reach across the aisle? He's so far to the left, he'll need a roadmap to FIND the aisle.)
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To: SJackson
Every time I read about the latest idiocy of Jimmy Carter, I become even more ashamed that we ever allowed that clown to become President of the United States. What were we thinking?

"It seemed like a good idea at the time," is the cover for many of our nation's worst decisions. The Obama campaign is headed in the same direction.

Congressman Billybob

Fifth in the ten-part series, "American Government: The Owner's Manual -- Article II, The Presidency in Practice"

Latest article, "Thrown in the Deep End of the Pool"

17 posted on 07/20/2008 8:40:05 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob ( www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Not allowed, collectively,”WE” elected him, though I take no personal blame. It didn’t even seem a good idea at the time.


18 posted on 07/20/2008 8:52:04 AM PDT by SJackson (I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), roasted grasshopper (crunchy), BH Obama)
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To: SJackson

Carter spits on an ally once again. If he’d have backed the Shah of Iran we wouldn’t be in this mess today. What a freaking disaster this man’s life has been.


19 posted on 07/20/2008 8:54:30 AM PDT by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: richardtavor
McCain actually suffered for 5 years,

McCain gave up classified information which put other men and women in uniform at even greater risk in order to receive preferential treatment.
Now he wants us to believe he is a war hero. Most POWs did not give up information like he did, and they are not saying they are heroes.
I am by no means an osama obama supporter, but I used to know John McCain and I will never support him either. Except for the WOT there is not a dimes worth of difference between the two of them, but if McCain wins in Nov. he will do to the Republicans what Jimmy Carter did to the democrats.
20 posted on 07/20/2008 9:03:49 AM PDT by John D
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To: John D

John D

I heard what your saying from another source. He was also a pilot shot down and in the Hanoi Hilton the same time McCain was there. Where did you get your info?


21 posted on 07/20/2008 9:48:20 AM PDT by parthian shot (I can't stand much more of this!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I agree. I just pray Carter is on board when they do.


22 posted on 07/20/2008 9:54:37 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Annapolis, flight school, Congress, Senate, MIAs, Keating 5, Soros, Kerry... tried & found wanting!)
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To: parthian shot
I heard what your saying from another source. He was also a pilot shot down and in the Hanoi Hilton the same time McCain was there. Where did you get your info?

Here are a couple.
On October 27, 1967, four days after being shot down, McCain called for a North Vietnamese guard. He told the officer, "O.K., I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital." -U.S. News and World Report, May 14, 1973 article written by former POW John McCain http://www.usvetdsp.com/mcainmdl.htm
Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant." Pages 193-194, Faith of My Fathers, by John McCain. http://www.usvetdsp.com/mar08/mccain_manchurian.htm
23 posted on 07/20/2008 10:02:56 AM PDT by John D
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To: Congressman Billybob

I’ve often wondered that myself! I plead that I was only 16 when he was elected so therefore it wasn’t my fault. :D


24 posted on 07/20/2008 10:17:54 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: DoughtyOne

Better bring a killer rabbit, just in case.


25 posted on 07/20/2008 10:18:26 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: SJackson

I say that Israel needs to stop the ship, search it, and then let it pass.

But if weapons, explosives, rocket fuel, or any other substance that could be used to attack Israel is found on the ship... sink it with all the crew and passengers onboard.


26 posted on 07/20/2008 10:21:10 AM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: DoughtyOne

I have a dream...


27 posted on 07/20/2008 10:23:01 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (His Negritude has made his negritude the central theme of this campaign)
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To: SJackson

And what will happen if days before it sets sail, the ship sinks in the port at Cyprus? No casualties, just poor maintenance to blame so that the insurance underwriters balk at paying for the accident.

Otherwise, perhaps several adult North American skunks could take up residence on the still functional ship, feeding on the copious amounts of fetid pork grease scattered liberally about the inner decks.

And then, of course, there are the bedbugs ‘n’ crab lice, the special light bulbs whose light makes you queasy, and the repeated and unexplained engine malfunctions that perplex the chief engineer.


28 posted on 07/20/2008 11:22:24 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: John D

Classified tactical information is invalid after 48 hours, so POWs are free to talk after that time without recrimination.


29 posted on 07/20/2008 11:24:36 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: SJackson

Mr. Trebek, I believe the answer is, “What is sink the ship?”


30 posted on 07/20/2008 12:44:28 PM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad (When you're racing...it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.)
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To: gogogodzilla
I say that Israel needs to stop the ship, search it, and then let it pass.

There's a blockade on sea traffic to Gaza, so Israel should turn it away, not let it pass. And shame on Jimmy Carter for his interference.

31 posted on 07/20/2008 5:45:19 PM PDT by SJackson (I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), roasted grasshopper (crunchy), BH Obama)
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To: SJackson

Rachel Cory comes to mind....


32 posted on 07/21/2008 11:56:36 AM PDT by happygrl
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