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  • More than 155,000 Tons of Goods Enter Gaza in September

    10/06/2013 6:51:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 10/7/2013, 3:43 AM | Elad Benari
    5,549 trucks carrying 155,312 tons of goods entered Gaza through the Kerem Shalom Crossing in September, according to figures released by the IDF on Sunday. These included 1,519 truckloads of food products, 1,244 truckloads of construction materials, 64 truckloads of medical equipment, 258 truckloads of livestock and 2,464 truckloads of miscellaneous items. … Hamas, which violently took control of Gaza in 2007, constantly claims that the region is under an “Israeli siege” because of Israel’s naval blockade on the region, which is meant at stopping weapons and other materials that can used for terror attacks to enter Gaza. …
  • Egypt Blockades Gaza: Where Are the Flotillas?

    08/12/2013 5:57:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | August 9, 2013 at 5:00 am | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Hamas has finally admitted that it is the Egyptians, and not Israel, who have turned the Gaza Strip into a “big prison.” … Why haven’t the “pro-Palestine” activists been sent to the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing to voice solidarity with the residents of the “big prison”? The answer is obvious: First, the activists’ main goal is to condemn Israel and hold it solely responsible for the miseries of Palestinians. The activists do not care about the Palestinians’ suffering as much as they are interested in advancing their anti-Israel agenda. They devote most of their energies and efforts...
  • (Islamic-Nazi alliance) Gaza flotilla sponsor publishes tweet blaming Jews for Holocaust

    10/04/2012 9:24:45 PM PDT · by Milagros · 18 replies
    NationalPost ^ | Oct 4, 2012 | T. hopper
    Gaza flotilla sponsor publishes tweet blaming Jews for Holocaust Tristin Hopper | Oct 4, 2012 2:35 AM ET | Last Updated: Oct 4, 2012 4:38 PM ET More from Tristin Hopper | @TristinHopper The Free Gaza Movement, a U.S.-based activist group known for provisioning ships to run the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza, was hit with charges of anti-Semitism on Wednesday after posting a tweet claiming that Jews were responsible for the Holocaust. “Zionists operated the concentration camps and helped murder millions of innocent Jews,” read a tweet posted Sunday to @freegazaorg, the official Twitter feed of the group, which includes...
  • Obama Inspired Ship 'Audacity of Hope' to Join Gaza Flotilla II-good pal raised money

    06/07/2011 4:12:01 PM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Human Events ^ | 06/04/2011 | Jim Hoft
    Obama's good pal Rashid Khalidi raised money for the venture. In 2008 The LA Times withheld a video that contained footage of Barack Obama celebrating with a group of Palestinians who were openly hostile towards Israel. Barack Obama reportedly even gave a toast to a former PLO operative, Rashid Khalidi, at this celebration. This was something the LA Times hid from the American public before the election. The media refused to release the video. Terrorist Bill Ayers, Barack Obama and his good friend Jew-hater Rashid Khalidi There were also reports that terrorists Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn were...
  • Libyan Rebel Commander: I Was on the Mavi Marmara

    12/28/2011 3:27:23 PM PST · by bayouranger · 10 replies · 1+ views
    nationalreview.com ^ | 12-28-11 | John Rosenthal
    According to the Spanish daily ABC, a Libyan rebel commander who played a key role in overthrowing the rule of Muammar Qaddafi previously participated in the May 2010 attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza aboard the Turkish-owned vessel the Mavi Marmara. The operation famously culminated in a deadly clash between Israel Defense Force commandos and “activists” armed with iron rods and knives aboard the ship. The paper’s source for the story is the rebel leader himself: Mahdi al-Harati, the commander of the so-called Tripoli Brigades, which are widely credited with having played a decisive role in the rebel...
  • Turkey warns of 'necessary response' to flotilla violence (Hints at Military Action)

    05/21/2011 10:45:32 AM PDT · by mojito · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/21/2011 | Staff
    Turkey issued a warning to Israel on Saturday "not to repeat the human tragedy it caused last year" during the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a television interview, "It should be known that Turkey will give the necessary response to any repeated act of provocation by Israel on the high seas," AFP reported. Asked about his government's efforts to prevent the flotilla from taking place, Davutoglu repeated a statement he made last week, asserting that while Ankara has "never encouraged any convoy," it "cannot give instructions to civil society" not to embark on the...
  • Claremont McKenna’s Pro-Islamist Professor

    02/21/2011 7:06:12 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-21-11 | Charles C. Johnson
    Instead of censuring Bassam Frangieh for his support of terrorist organizations, the college administrators regard him as a major asset. Claremont McKenna College is a nationally recognized leader in training Defense Department officials and State Department personnel (including numerous ambassadors). Professor Bassam Frangieh is head of Claremont McKenna’s Arabic Department and Middle East Studies program, where he teaches tomorrow’s diplomats about the Middle East, plans study-abroad programs — and supports recognized terrorist groups, namely, Hezbollah and Hamas. In the wake of Hamas’s election victory in 2006, Frangieh told an interviewer that he looks to Hamas with “great joy” and supports...
  • How Peter Townsend saved the nation [RevWar]

    01/28/2011 9:56:49 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 19 replies
    The Chronicle (Orange County, NY) ^ | Jan. 27, 2011 | Ginny Privitar
    The exterior of Peter Townsend’s house in Chester, now torn down. Contract for West Point’s Great Chain signed in Chester 233 years ago. In these days of intercontinental ballistic missile shields and missile-tracking radar, it’s hard to imagine that the national defense once depended on a simple iron chain. During the Revolutionary War, a patriot named Peter Townsend lived on a three-acre lot not far from the corner of present-day Elm and Main streets in Chester. He was a member of an important family from Oyster Bay, Long Island. The family home, Raynham Hall, is today a museum, and...
  • Why is Morocco Picking a Fight with Spain?

    08/15/2010 12:42:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    TIme ^ | 8/15/2010 | Andrés Cala
    It was the images of empty food markets on the news, and reporters' overblown warnings of possible shortages, that told Spaniards on Thursday that their nation's five-century dispute with Morocco over the sovereignty of Ceuta and Melilla, two enclaves on the Mediterranean coast, had reignited. In the worst diplomatic spat between the two countries in almost a decade, Moroccan activists were blocking food imports into one of the enclaves and promising more action to come. The Spanish government and the press were appalled, not so much at the protest, but that it had taken place after King Juan Carlos himself...
  • EXCLUSIVE: State Department Mulls Terror Designation for Gaza 'Aid' Ship Funder

    07/14/2010 4:22:52 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 11 replies
    foxnews ^ | July 14 2010 | Ben Evansky
    The State Department is investigating whether to designate the Turkish Muslim charity that funded and operated a Gaza-bound "aid" ship as a foreign terrorist organization, after nine people were killed aboard one of its ships in a bloody confrontation with Israeli commandos, Fox News has learned. State Department spokesman Mark Toner told Fox News at a briefing on Wednesday that the government is looking into whether The Foundation for Human Rights and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), a nongovernmental organization, should be listed as a terror group. "I believe we are looking at the IHH, but it's a long process to designate...
  • Protesters prevent unloading of Israeli ship at Port of Oakland

    06/22/2010 1:35:35 PM PDT · by YankeeReb · 21 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 6/21/2010 | Sean Maher
    OAKLAND -- Hundreds of peace activists prevented the unloading of an Israeli ship at the Port of Oakland Sunday by forming a picket line that was considered a threat to longshoremen who could otherwise have worked. Organizers said their goal was to delay the ship's unloading for 24 hours in protest of the Israeli military's May 31 open seas raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla that had been bringing goods to Gaza. The raid resulted in the deaths of nine Turkish citizens. Several hundred people gathered around 5:30 a.m. at berths 57, 58 and 59, which is operated by SSA...
  • Iran to send blockade-busting ship to Gaza

    06/22/2010 10:57:45 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 22, 2010 | AMY TEIBEL
    JERUSALEM – Iran said Tuesday it would send a blockade-busting ship carrying aid and pro-Palestinian activists to Gaza, fueling concern in Israel, where commandos were training for another possible confrontation at sea. Israel warned archenemy Iran to drop the plan. The Iranian announcement came days after Israel eased its three-year-old blockade of Gaza under international pressure following its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last month. "No one in their right mind can believe that a ship sent by the ayatollahs and their Revolutionary Guards has anything to do with humanitarian aid," said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor. "I...
  • NEW FLOTILLA ANNOUNCED AS RADICAL DISCLOSURES GROW

    06/16/2010 4:43:36 PM PDT · by Cindy · 35 replies · 725+ views
    SNIPPET: "The Turkish group IHH announced Wednesday that it will send another flotilla to Gaza comprised of six ships during the second half of July. On the same day, Israel added IHH to its terrorist watch list." SNIPPET: "An IHH press conference was held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, organized by Richard Howitt, a British member of the Parliament. During the conference, Howitt encouraged the EU to back the new flotilla initiative, stating: "If this terrible (May 31) tragedy tips the balance so that the international community finally insists on full and unhindered humanitarian access to Gaza, then some...
  • Protesters at Port of Oakland picket Israeli ship

    06/20/2010 8:27:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/20/10 | AP
    OAKLAND, Calif. – Hundreds of protesters condemning Israel's recent raid on an international flotilla bound for Gaza are picketing at the Port of Oakland, where an Israeli ship is due to arrive. The demonstrators gathered Sunday to prevent the incoming ship from being unloaded. The dock's day shift of longshoremen agreed to not cross the picket line. Meanwhile Sunday, Israel said it will immediately allow all goods into Gaza except weapons and items deemed to have a military use under its decision to ease its three-year-old blockade of the Palestinian territory. Israeli officials had decided last week to ease the...
  • Do Gaza Blockade Runners Violate U.S. Law?

    06/19/2010 10:29:54 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 3 replies · 265+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 6/18/10 | Bill Levinson
    by Bill Levinson We received a forwarded E-mail from the 501(c)(3) tax exempt Council for the National Interest FOUNDATION that says in part, Dear CNI Volunteer in Place, We know that you have probably received our email about the "Boat Brigade" from Lebanon to Gaza. Currently the boats are scheduled to leave on Friday, July 2nd. If you are interested in joining this new attempt to break the siege on Gaza all expenses will be paid. The boat will likely depart from the port of Tarabulus on Friday July 2nd. If proven, this could easily be cause for revocation of...
  • Left wing US PR firm and the Gaza flotilla

    06/19/2010 9:49:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 218+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 19, 2010 | Clarice Feldman
    The Israel Project reports on some disturbing relationships between Fenton Communications and the Gaza Flotilla operation. (Fenton's ties to the U.S. and international left are well known to AT readers.) [quote]U.S. PR Firm on Payroll of Qatari Group that Took Part in Gaza Flotilla Qatar-based Initiative Encouraged Action against Israel Foreign Agents Registration Act document filed by Fenton Communications (pdf)YouTube video of "peace activists" organizing Lebanese flotilla More Flotillas Bound for Gaza in Coming Days and WeeksExamples of previous Gaza-bound ships carrying weapons A U.S. Justice Department document shows that Fenton Communications, a U.S. public relations firm, has been working for "Al Fakhoora," a Qatar-based pro-Palestinian initiative that participated in the illegal...
  • WaPo Falsifies Extent of Israel's Humanitarian Aid To Gaza, Lets Hamas Off The Hook

    06/18/2010 2:48:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 183+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 18, 2010 | Leo Rennert
    No sooner does Israel announce that it's easing its land blockade of Gaza than Washington Post correspondent Janine Zacharia complains that it isn't nearly enough, while she turns a blind eye to the fact that Hamas is the real culprit for any deprivations in Gaza because it has turned the territory into a forward base for its war against the Jewish state.  ("Israel will allow more goods into Gaza Strip" June 18, page A18). Zacharia's anti-Israel, pro-Hamas bias is encapsulated in her third paragraph, when she writes about how the flotilla incident "drew the world's attention to the extent of Israel's...
  • Video Piecing It All Together: The Truth About The Mavi Marmara (Gaza Flotilla)

    06/17/2010 10:30:21 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 5 replies · 163+ views
    Eyeblast TV ^ | 6/17/2010 | Joe Schoffstall
    A new video has been released that pieces together the Gaza Flotilla incident that blatantly shows Israel was acting in self-defense, not as the attackers. Parts in the video show members aboard the flotilla uttering statements at the Israeli’s such as “Shut the f*ck up”, “Go back to Auschwitz”, “We’re helping Arabs going against the U.S”, and ” Don’t forget 9/11 guys.” Be sure to watch the full 8- minutes to get the full story. (video inside link)
  • Note to board: Do your job (SF Supes bury condemnation of Israel)

    06/17/2010 7:32:57 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies · 225+ views
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | June 17, 2010 | Melissa Griffin
    At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, there were almost five hours of public comment on the resolution condemning Israel for raiding a flotilla headed for Gaza. The speakers seemed about evenly split between the pro-Palestine and pro-Israel factions. Aside from a few outbursts (one from Supervisor Chris Daly) and some errant clapping, the meeting was remarkably civil. Did I mention it was a billion hours long? It was. Ultimately, the resolution was “referred to committee” by Supervisor Bevan Dufty. If board President David Chiu refers the resolution to the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee (on which Dufty sits), it...
  • Fact: Gaza is Not a Concentration Camp

    06/16/2010 1:44:13 PM PDT · by Rhonda Robinson · 3 replies · 315+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealBlog.com ^ | June 16, 2010 | JANET LEVY
    The media is rife with accusations of an Israeli perpetuated Holocaust in Gaza. Israelis are routinely characterized as Nazis and Gaza as a concentration camp or even the Warsaw ghetto. Facts about Gaza FACT: Israel left Gaza 5 years ago displacing 11,000 of its own people. Gazans elected Hamas as their legitimate government. Why is Israel still responsible for the conditions in Gaza? FACT: Over 1 million tons of aid have entered Gaza in the last 18 months. This is equivalent to 1 ton for every man, woman and child. FACT: The average life expectancy in Gaza is 73.7 years....
  • Abbas to Obama: I'm against lifting the Gaza naval blockade

    06/12/2010 11:10:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 557+ views
    haaretz ^ | 6/12/10 | Barak Ravid
    The Palestinian president reportedly told Obama that lifting the naval blockade of Gaza would bolster Hamas, a move that shouldn't be done at this stage. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is opposed to lifting the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip because this would bolster Hamas, according to what he told United States President Barack Obama during their meeting at the White House Wednesday. Egypt also supports this position. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once more put off announcing the creation of a committee of inquiry into the naval commando raid on the Gaza Strip flotilla, and the matter will...
  • Photo Evidence of ‘Myth of Siege of Gaza’

    06/09/2010 8:02:15 AM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 11 replies · 46+ views
    Israel National News ^ | June 9, 2010 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The” myth of the siege of Gaza” has been exploded in a research report that quotes Arab sources that say “Gaza markets are saturated with goods.” The Washington Post reported last week that Gaza “pharmacies look as well-supplied as a typical Rite Aid.” Reserve IDF officer Lt. Col. Jonathan HaLevi, a researcher for the Institute for Contemporary Affairs, wrote that Israel’s continuing supervised flow of humanitarian aide to Gaza also has helped the Gaza economy rebound.
  • IDF Video Of MV Rachel Corrie Boarded By Israeli Navy

    06/07/2010 5:28:08 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies · 13+ views
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | June 7, 2010 | annem040359
    The Israeli Defense Forces or IDF over the course of this weekend which had just past, released this video of the boarding of the MV Rachel Corrie and the details that went on during the boarding process. Video itself shows that the IDF do mean business with this blockade enforcement.
  • What’s All This Sympathy For Hamas?

    06/07/2010 5:14:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies · 23+ views
    http://www.jpost.com/ ^ | June 7, 2010 | Barry Rubin
    In all the discussions of the Gaza flotilla affair, it is vital to keep some key issues in mind. Has this been largely negative for Israel in terms of public opinion? In the United States, the answer is a limited yes especially among segments of the elite. In Europe, a more generalized yes. Whether or how much this is going to relate to policy changes is another matter. There is a lot of talk and even panic in the rhetoric of countries. But what is actually going to happen? Increased contacts with Hamas? Serious pressure to let anything go into...
  • Iran Revolutionary Guards ready to escort Gaza ships

    06/06/2010 5:59:13 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 56 replies · 1,755+ views
    Iran Revolutionary Guards ready to escort Gaza ships 06 Jun 2010 12:40:35 GMT Source: Reuters TEHRAN, June 6 (Reuters) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards are ready to provide a military escort to cargo ships trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, a representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday. "Iran's navy forces are ready to escort the peace flotilla to Gaza with all their powers and capabilities," Ali Shirazi, Khamenei's representative inside the Revolutionary Guards, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Mehr news agency. Any intervention by the Iranian military would be considered highly provocative by...
  • Turkey: Between Atatürk’s Secularism and Fundamentalist Islam

    06/06/2010 5:27:54 AM PDT · by JCPA-JerusalemCenter · 6 replies · 299+ views
    Today there is an internal battle among Turkish Muslims between forces that want to be part of the Western world and those that want to return Turkey’s political identity to be based primarily on Islamic solidarity. But it isn’t Ottoman Islam that these Islamist Turks seek to revive. Their Islam is more in tune with the fanatically anti-Western principles of Saudi Wahhabi Islam.
  • Sing Along With the Intifada: ‘We Con the World’(Brilliant Parody Video)

    06/04/2010 9:52:04 PM PDT · by GVnana · 8 replies · 361+ views
    YouTube via BigGovernment.com ^ | 6/3/2010 | Caroline Glick
    Flotilla Choir Presents, "We Con the World" - The Turkish Aid to Gaza SongIn the week since Israel tried to exercise its right to self-protection and ended up as the object of near-global scorn we have noticed a gigantic coverage void from the showbiz news outlets like MSNBC and Comedy Central. Thankfully we have Latma TV – known to some as the satirical YouTube-like channel in Israel. This brilliant parody piece, from Latma editor Caroline Glick is worth sharing with those who just don’t seem to be able to wrap their heads around the facts of this story. And if...
  • Guide: Gaza under blockade

    06/05/2010 9:25:31 PM PDT · by grand wazoo · 12 replies · 366+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 31, 2010 | Heather Sharp
    The Gaza Strip has been under a heightened Israeli blockade since the militant group Hamas seized control in June 2007. Israel wants to weaken Hamas, end its rockets attacks against Israeli towns and get back captured soldier Gilad Shalit. Amnesty International has dubbed the blockade "collective punishment" resulting in a "humanitarian crisis"; UN officials have described the situation as "grim", "deteriorating" and a "medieval siege", but Israel says there are no shortages in Gaza, pointing to the aid it allows in. What gets in and out of Gaza, and what impact has it had?
  • Pope's urging brings Gaza blockade to forefront

    06/05/2010 5:20:03 PM PDT · by grand wazoo · 142 replies · 1,273+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 13, 2009 | Ilene R. Prusher & Safwat Al-Kahlout
    With no clear guidelines for what Israel will allow in, aid groups have run into trouble with everything from 90 tons of pasta to nutritional bars mistranslated as steel bars. Though the rockets and shells have fallen quiet in Gaza since the January war with Israel, the prices of cooking fuel and many foods have skyrocketed. Due to both the war's aftermath and the tight restrictions Israel enforces at the checkpoints on Gaza's border, many Gazans are tightening their belts – literally. ................... The Israeli blockade of Gaza, which has served as a way to pressure Hamas since the militant...
  • Takeover Ended in 5 minutes [Rachel Corrie attempted blockade run]

    06/05/2010 9:32:37 AM PDT · by publana · 54 replies · 2,738+ views
    ynet news.com ^ | 06.05.2010 | Ron Bin-Yishai
    n Ben-Yishai reports from the field: Five days after bloody raid on Marmara, Navy stages peaceful takeover at sea; female combat soldiers take part in quick raid on Rachel Corrie, fighters board ship using rope ladders Ron Ben-Yishai Published: 06.05.10, 16:35 / Israel News Just five minutes – this is the estimated time it took Israel's Navy to commandeer the Rachel Corrie Ship en route to the Gaza Strip. The raid got underway with the vessel roughly 23 miles west of the Gaza shore, right on the boundary of the naval blockade imposed on the strip. Navy Chief Major General...
  • So did the IDF board the Rachel Corrie or not?

    06/05/2010 12:53:23 AM PDT · by honestabe010 · 8 replies · 455+ views
    6-5-10
    So did the IDF board the Rachel Corrie or not? seem to be conflicting reports, and now its not showing up on JPost's main page. AP has not ran a story to that extent, it was supposedly a twitter post. Anyone have any up to date info?
  • 'Rachel Corrie' boarded, no one hurt.

    06/04/2010 8:37:11 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 62 replies · 2,157+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun 4, 2010 | Staff
    At about 5:50 am on Saturday, the first reports came in over Twitter that the 'Rachel Corrie' had been boarded close to Gaza. Earlier the activists reported that their radar had been jammed, however their Twitter accounts continued to operate. The activists reported that three boats were following them for about twenty minutes and then that they had been boarded. The passengers are said to be under arrest.
  • Turkey close to severing ties with Israel over flotilla deaths

    06/04/2010 2:38:08 PM PDT · by RC one · 20 replies · 379+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, June 4, 2010; 2:05 PM | Glenn Kessler
    Turkey is on the brink of severing relations with Israel in the wake of killings of Turkish activists on board a Gaza-bound flotilla, the Turkish ambassador to the United States said Friday. "Israel cannot find any better friend in the region than Turkey," Namik Tan, the ambassador, told a small group of reporters. "And Israel is about to lose that friend." Asked if he was saying Turkey would cut the ties it has had with Israel since shortly after the founding of the Jewish state, Tan referred to the massive protests in Turkey against the Israeli actions. Because of the...
  • CBC members want Gaza blockade lifted in light of flotilla incident (Lee & Ellison)

    06/04/2010 2:06:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 292+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 4, 2010 | Jordan Fabian
    Two members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) wrote a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday in which they called "for a lifting of the blockade on Gaza" in the wake of an attempt to break it this week. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the CBC, and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), one of two Muslim members of Congress, said that the blockade has helped contribute to a humanitarian crisis in Gaza. "The United States must also work with its allies to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza," they wrote. "Recent events are undoubtedly linked to the...
  • In Praise of Blockades--Israel upholds an honorable tradition.

    06/04/2010 1:38:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 220+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 14, 2010 | William Kristol
    The Royal Navy’s blockade of Napoleon, most famously led by Lord Nelson, protected England from invasion and laid the groundwork for the liberation of Europe. Lincoln’s blockade of the South helped win the Civil War, preserve the Union, and end slavery. John Kennedy’s blockade of Cuba forced Khrushchev to withdraw nuclear weapons from that island and contributed to the eventual successful outcome of the Cold War. The history of blockades by free nations is an honorable one. Israel’s blockade of Hamas-run Gaza—a blockade that, unlike some of the above, permits the delivery of humanitarian and civilian aid—stands in that tradition....
  • Israel, Under Pressure,Weighs Easing Gaza Blockade (oh boy)

    06/03/2010 10:36:35 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 26 replies · 848+ views
    WSJ ^ | 06/04/2010 | CHIP CUMMINS
    JERUSALEM—Israel's leadership is considering changing its Gaza policy amid mounting international pressure, as it emerged Thursday that an American citizen was among the dead and another was injured in a deadly raid on an aid mission this week. The review comes as condemnations grow on the blockade—including a new push for a change in Gaza policy by the U.S.—after nine activists died in the confrontation Monday. The policy may be changed in an effort to allow aid to reach the territory's citizens more easily, according to Israeli officials.
  • Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion

    06/03/2010 9:52:30 PM PDT · by Huck · 1 replies · 216+ views
    John Maudlin's Outside the Box | May 31, 2010 | George Friedman
    On Sunday, Israeli naval forces intercepted the ships of a Turkish nongovernmental organization (NGO) delivering humanitarian supplies to Gaza. Israel had demanded that the vessels not go directly to Gaza but instead dock in Israeli ports, where the supplies would be offloaded and delivered to Gaza. The Turkish NGO refused, insisting on going directly to Gaza. Gunfire ensued when Israeli naval personnel boarded one of the vessels, and a significant number of the passengers and crew on the ship were killed or wounded. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon charged that the mission was simply an attempt to provoke the...
  • American Dies Aboard Flotilla Bound for Gaza

    06/03/2010 2:32:13 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 51 replies · 757+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6-3-10 | Maggie M. Thornton
    Turkish-American Furkan Dogan was among the dead on board the Gaza Flotilla, on the Mavi Marmara. The ship was stopped by Israeli IDF to be searched for weapons destined for Gaza. Dogan, 19, was a U.S. citizen. He lived in Turkey, but was born in Troy, New York.
  • Rep. Anthony Weiner Unloads on our “Former Ally” Turkey

    06/03/2010 11:42:35 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 10 replies · 807+ views
    NRO ^ | 06/03/2010 | Greg Pollowitz
    Yesterday, while on my lunch break from jury duty, I ran into an Anthony Weiner press conference in lower Manhattan. He was talking mostly about the Senate’s job bill, but took a question on Israel and the “peace” flotilla at the end. During his answer, he specifically called Turkey our “former ally.” Since I thought these were strong words for a fellow NATO member and since none of the other members of the media covering the event seemed shocked at what Weiner said, I went up to him after, iPhone in hand, to ask him to clarify. The audio is...
  • UN orders Israel to lift Gaza blockade

    06/03/2010 10:00:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 109 replies · 3,349+ views
    news.ninemsm.com ^ | 6/3/10 | AEST
    UN chief Ban Ki-moon has demanded that Israel lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip immediately in the wake of a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Speaking on his return from visits to Brazil, Malawi and Uganda, Ban told reporters on Wednesday that the underlying problem behind Monday's tragedy was the long-running, crippling Israeli siege of Gaza which he described as "counter-productive, unsustainable and wrong."
  • Love boat? no, 'a hate boat'

    06/03/2010 3:49:39 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies · 543+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 3, 2010 | ANDY SOLTIS
    <p>The "Free Gaza" flotilla was far more than a collection of in nocent "peace activists" try ing to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza. Most passengers may have been nonviolent -- but a significant minority were anything but.</p> <p>The passengers reportedly included 100-plus members of various Muslim Brotherhood chapters, at least 20 of whom taped al Qaeda-style "martyr" videos before embarking.</p>
  • Confirmed Hamas Leader Among Flotilla 'Activists'

    06/03/2010 5:21:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies · 570+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6-3-10 | Hana Levi Julian
    A confirmed terrorist leader was among the Gaza flotilla extremists aboard the Mavi Marmara on Monday, holding a Dutch passport. Amin Abu Rashed, 43, was among the militants arrested on the Turkish vessel following the vicious attack on Israeli Naval commandos who boarded the ship. The Palestinian Authority Arab holds a Dutch passport and operates out of Rotterdam as the leader of the Hamas terrorist network in the Netherlands. He has presented himself to Dutch media and others as a “human rights activist.” According to a report posted Tuesday on the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report, Abu Rashed – also...
  • Netanyahu to International Community: Stop the Hypocrisy

    06/03/2010 4:49:36 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies · 421+ views
    Frontpagemag ^ | 6-3-10 | P. David Hornik
    The IDF has released two more videos from the incident Monday morning on the Mavi Marmara, the largest in the Turkish-organized six-ship flotilla that challenged Israel’s blockade of Gaza, and the only one to prepare a violent ambush. One of these two videos is even more dramatic than the one released on Monday, now viewed by over a million on YouTube, that shows Mavi Marmara “peace activists” among other things beating the soldiers with iron bars.The relatively less dramatic of the two newly released videos shows the “activists”—actually jihadists seeking “martyrdom”—attacking the soldiers with a stun grenade, a box of...
  • Netanyahu to International Community: Stop the Hypocrisy

    06/03/2010 4:04:54 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 13 replies · 580+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | P. David Hornik
    The IDF has released two more videos from the incident Monday morning on the Mavi Marmara, the largest in the Turkish-organized six-ship flotilla that challenged Israel’s blockade of Gaza, and the only one to prepare a violent ambush. One of these two videos is even more dramatic than the one released on Monday, now viewed by over a million on YouTube, that shows Mavi Marmara “peace activists” among other things beating the soldiers with iron bars. The relatively less dramatic of the two newly released videos shows the “activists”—actually jihadists seeking “martyrdom”—attacking the soldiers with a stun grenade, a box...
  • North Korea may face blockade by US Navy [ Will Obama make US face a Flotilla ?]

    06/02/2010 5:38:28 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 25 replies · 573+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 5-27-10 | Belfast Telegraph
    President Barack Obama is weighing a possible naval cordon sanitaire around North Korea as one means of ratcheting up sanctions amid the fierce global criticism of this week's nuclear and missile tests by the reclusive communist country. After the shock of its second nuclear test in three years — with a bare 25 minutes notice to the US — the regime yesterday rubbed salt into that diplomatic wound by test firing two short-range missiles, leaving the White House scrambling to stitch together an effective international response. The North's show of defiance was “provocative, destabilising and a threat”, Susan Rice, Washington's...
  • Turkey mulls military escort for Irish blockade-buster vessel

    06/02/2010 1:44:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 55 replies · 1,098+ views
    DEBKA ^ | June 3, 2010, 12:11 AM (GMT+02:00) | Staff
    Five planes flew out of Israel Wednesday night, June 2, carrying hundreds of foreign passengers and nine bodies from the Turkish-led flotilla Israeli commandos raided and prevented from breaking the Gaza blockade two days ago. After surrendering to Turkey's ultimatum to release all the passengers, including the seven members of Islamist terrorist groups who assaulted the Israeli boarding party, debkafile reports the Netanyahu government faced a fresh ultimatum from Ankara: Lift the Gaza blockade at once. In his televised message to the nation Wednesday night , Netanyahu pledged "to continue to uphold our right to self-defense against terror," but gave...
  • Should Israel face censure over an attack on a Gaza aid convoy? [Freep this poll!]

    06/02/2010 12:31:20 PM PDT · by Windflier · 33 replies · 1,547+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 2 June 2010 | CNN
    Should Israel face censure over an attack on a Gaza aid convoy?
  • Israeli PM: Gaza Blockade Prevents Attacks

    06/02/2010 11:42:11 AM PDT · by edpc · 3 replies · 225+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 2 June 2010 | MARK LAVIE and SELCAN HACAOGLU
    JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected criticism of a deadly raid against a flotilla carrying aid to Gaza earlier this week, saying the blockade of the Palestinian territory is needed to prevent missile attacks against Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The comments came hours after all remaining pro-Palestinians activists from the aid ships were sent to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv to be expelled. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said Israel decided not to prosecute any of them, writing in an order Wednesday that "keeping them here would do more damage to the country's vital interests than good."
  • Netanyahu tells Israeli public: Gaza blockade will continue

    06/02/2010 10:26:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 426+ views
    haaretz ^ | 6/2/10 | staff
    In first address to nation, Netanyahu says Turkish-flagged ship was large enough to have been smuggling weapons into Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday defended Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, in his first address to the nation since the Israel Navy's deadly raid of a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid convoy earlier this week. Netanyahu, who canceled a meeting in Washington with President Barack Obama due to the raid which occurred just hours before his trip, declared that Israel had no opposition to seeing humanitarian aid brought into the Gaza Strip.
  • IDF: Global Jihad links on flotilla

    06/01/2010 10:40:16 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 450+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/1/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    Dozens of passengers who were aboard the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship are suspected of having connections with global jihad-affiliated terrorist organizations, defense officials said on Tuesday, amid growing concerns that Turkish warships would accompany a future flotilla to the Gaza Strip. According to the defense officials, the IDF has identified about 50 passengers on the ship who could have terrorist connections with global jihad-affiliated groups. RELATED: Editorial: A turning point for Turkey What is the IHH? During its searches of the Mavi Marmara on Tuesday, the military also discovered a cache of bulletproof vests and night-vision goggles, as well...