Blockade of the Gaza Strip

IDF detains Hamas-hugging Green MP, while rockets rain down on Israel

While Hamas-hugging Green party MP?Marama Davidson has been detained, Israel has come under rocket attack from Gaza.

The Israeli Navy on Wednesday evening took over control of a boat of women activists that was headed to Gaza as a protest against Israel?s security blockade of the coastal strip.

The IDF confirmed the takeover.

The boat was commandeered without violence or any resistance from the 13 activists onboard, the army said.

It was intercepted some 35 nautical miles (65 kilometers) from the Gaza coast, and was making its way slowly toward the Israeli port of Ashdod.

The group of 13 women, including 1976 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire, was traveling aboard the Zaytouna-Oliva sailboat in the Mediterranean Sea toward the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave.

?In accordance with government directives and after exhausting all diplomatic channels, the Israeli Navy redirected the vessel in order to prevent breach of the lawful maritime blockade,? the IDF said in a statement.

?In accordance with international law, the Israeli Navy advised the vessel numerous times to change course prior to the action. Following their refusal the Navy visited and searched the vessel in international waters in order to prevent their intended breach of the lawful maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip. The visit and search of the vessel was uneventful,? the statement concluded.

Women soldiers were placed at the forefront of the navy?s interception force, Israel Radio reported, in order to minimize friction with the activists.

The activists put up a website carrying prepared ?SOS messages? by those on board alleging they had been ?kidnapped? by the IDF.

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Helen Kelly has no idea

Helen Kelly and the CTU are supporting terrorists. Sure they dress it up under the guise of supporting the removal of an alleged blockade, but they deny the simple cold hard facts that is the real Gaza.

I am very pleased to support the solidarity action ?Kia Ora Gaza?. The people of Gaza have suffered severely from the blockade of Gaza by Israel. This has included not only their inability to get the materials they need to rebuild after the last bombardment of Gaza by the Israeli army but also even the ability to get school supplies. The attack on the most recent flotilla was an act of piracy and the violence displayed was beyond belief. A supply of aid from the people of New Zealand is a way for us to send a real expression both of our disapproval of the blockade but also our solidarity with the people of Gaza. I wish it every success.

Helen Kelly
President
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
Te Kauae Kaimahi

She obviously hasn’t seen the starving locals trying to find scarce food, or basic necessities at impoverished shops lacking stock because of evil Israeli blockades, or even trying to find a cool pool of water to take the edge off of the desert heat in the “prison camp”. This is the only “prison camp” in the world with a flash mall too. Lord only knows how they constructed all that with a blockade in place.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

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