Irene sets sail for Gaza, complete with Holocaust survivor and suicide bomb victim.

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The impossibility of maintaining the Gaza blockade for much longer is about to be demonstrated again - this time by a Jewish group who set sail today from northern Cyprus heading for Gaza. The boat, Irene, sails under a British flag with 10 passengers and crew. A survivor of the Shoah and a man whose daughter was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber while out shopping are on board.

BBC said:
Richard Kuper, a member of the UK-based organising group Jews for Justice for Palestinians, said the boat was a symbolic act of protest and also a message of solidarity to "Palestinians and Israelis who seek peace and justice".

Among the activists is 82-year-old Holocaust survivor Reuven Moskovitz.

"It is a sacred duty for me, as a [Holocaust] survivor, to protest against the persecution, the oppression and the imprisonment of so many people in Gaza, including more than 800,000 children," he said.

Another passenger is Rami Elhanan, 60, an Israeli whose daughter Smadar died in a suicide bombing at a shopping centre in Jerusalem in 1997.

He said reconciliation with the Palestinians was the surest path to peace.

"Those 1.5 million people in Gaza are victims exactly as I am," he said.
BBC News - Jewish activists sail to Gaza in defiance of blockade
 


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Blockade busting lost its appeal?
 

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This is going to be interesting to watch.

The pity is, this crew were not involved last time out however, it is a very strong statement by the crew now and I am curious how the pro-Israel/anti-Palestine crew on here will interpret it.
 

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This is going to be interesting to watch.

The pity is, this crew were not involved last time out however, it is a very strong statement by the crew now and I am curious how the pro-Israel/anti-Palestine crew on here will interpret it.
There was an other holocaust survivor involved with the previous flotilla, along with a number of other relativley high profile names.

Gaza Freedom flotilla carried world-renowned names and veteran activists | World news | The Guardian

Don't know why there was so little press about it previously.
 

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......I am curious how the pro-Israel/anti-Palestine crew on here will interpret it.

Wonder no longer. The boat will be escorted to Ashdod just like the others. As, by definition, there are no jihadists on board there will be no violence.

p.s. At least those activists were honest enough to describe the "aid" they are carrying as a token.
 

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The impossibility of maintaining the Gaza blockade for much longer is about to be demonstrated again - this time by a Jewish group who set sail today from northern Cyprus heading for Gaza. The boat, Irene, sails under a British flag with 10 passengers and crew. A survivor of the Shoah and a man whose daughter was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber while out shopping are on board.



BBC News - Jewish activists sail to Gaza in defiance of blockade
The best of luck to them; they're gonna need it when they encounter the nasty bunch of terrorists, hijackers, kidnappers & murderers that is the brave IDF:

Jewish boat to Gaza sets sail from Cyprus
 

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Wonder no longer. The boat will be escorted to Ashdod just like the others. As, by definition, there are no jihadists on board there will be no violence.
it would be somewhat more honest to say that there will (probably) be no violence this time because even the IDF psychos have just enough brainpower to realise that shooting up a second boatload of people would be a colossal PR disaster.

then again, you can't rule out anything with these guys, as we saw four months ago and on many other occasions.
 

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This action I can support wholeheartedly. Irish republicans/nationalists with their weaselly one state , pro-Hamas stunts I don't.
 

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It will be interestng to see how this goes. If the jews on board are treated with kid gloves then it would expose the racism of the zionist state. They murdered nine people who were muslims on the last flotilla. if they don't act as aggressively towards the jews on board this ship than it will highlight the bigoted nature of Israel.

Also the last flotilla organisers didn't make any secret about the political point they were trying to make and thanks to the dopes in the israeli navy made it as loudly as possible. I also have to say I have the utmost respect for the Israeli who lost a daughter to a suicide bomb and is still level headed enough to understand that the people of Gaza are victims of the conflict.
 

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Stand by for the kid gloves treatment of non-jihadists. As for the Fiachras and Caoimhes,
well they are just loudmouths who should go and get themselves a job.
They will still be hijacked & kidnapped by the IDF terrorists.

Aint any Fiachras and Caoimhes Brains, they are all Jews.
 

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Due in tomorrow?
 

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For their sake they better hope that the Israelis intercept them. If that ship lands with a few Jews on board, even of the self-hating variety, they'll probably be lynched.
 

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The lack of media coverage of this is strange, given the attention the last one got.
Whoever controls the media controls the message.
And US and to a large extent UK media is largely controlled by....


Meanwhile...
t r u t h o u t | UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis "Executed" US Citizen Furkan Dogan

The report of the fact-finding mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla released last week shows conclusively, for the first time, that US citizen Furkan Dogan and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos.

The report reveals that Dogan, the 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was filming with a small video camera on the top deck of the Mavi Marmara when he was shot twice in the head, once in the back and in the left leg and foot and that he was shot in the face at point blank range while lying on the ground.

The report says Dogan had apparently been "lying on the deck in a conscious or semi-conscious, state for some time" before being shot in his face....

...Based on both "forensic and firearm evidence," the fact-finding panel concluded that Dogan's killing and that of five Turkish citizens by the Israeli troops on the Mavi Marmari May 31 "can be characterized as extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions."



Also,
Contrary to Israeli claims that one or more Israeli troops were wounded by firearms, the report says no medical evidence of a gunshot wound to an Israeli soldier was found.
 

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Whoever controls the media controls the message.
And US and to a large extent UK media is largely controlled by....


.......I'm sure you are going to tell us. By the way, that Geneva report has no credibility, not even within the UN itself where the real UN enquiry is taking place under an independent Chairman.
 

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Intercepted: BBC News - Israel navy 'intercepts' Gaza blockade-busting aid boat

Israeli warships have intercepted a Jewish aid boat that is trying to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, organisers say.

The 10m (32-foot) catamaran is being blocked by a frigate and trailed by several smaller boats off the Gaza coast, the mission's Twitter feed says.

The activists have said they will not resist Israeli attempts to stop them.

"[The] frigate is blocking their path and some of the smaller boats are now trailing them," says a post on the mission's website.

One of the smaller boats has "machine-guns [on the] front and back of it," it adds.
Honestly, whoever scheduled this for the middle of the Israel/Palestine negotiations really needs a smack.
 

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Intercepted: BBC News - Israel navy 'intercepts' Gaza blockade-busting aid boat



Honestly, whoever scheduled this for the middle of the Israel/Palestine negotiations really needs a smack.
Yea, sure, like the restart of illegal settlements by illegal occupiers.

As expected the vessel was hijacked by IDF terrorists and the crew kidnapped. At least they weren't shot in the back of the head this time by the Israeli murder gang - maybe because they were Jewish?

It is way past time that bully Israel's favoured trading status was revoked by the EU. This spineless Irish Gov isn't going to force the issue; hopefully the next one will.
 


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