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shergald Donating Member (494 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 03:54 PM
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20 Ships to Head for Clash in Gaza
Edited on Sun Feb-21-10 03:56 PM by shergald
It was inevitable that after the Free Gaza Movement trips to Gaza to break the siege last year, others would follow, and given Turkey's rift with the Israeli government on the matter of the Gaza invasion, which killed 1,400 mostly innocent civilians (called a turkey shoot by Israel's Soldiers of Conscience), Turkey stepped up continue this humanitarian cause of relieving Gaza.

From the Israel National News service:

"The Turkish IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation announced that a fleet of 20 ships would be sent to break Israels embargo on Hamas-run Gaza two months from now. Five of the ships will be under the auspices of IHH; the support of charitable businessmen in Turkey is being sought for funding to purchase them.

IHH was founded in 1992 to provide humanitarian aid to Bosnia, and later extended its reach to deliver foodstuff, clothes and tents to crisis regions hit by wars, conflicts, and natural disaster to meet urgent needs of victims.

However, it has now added political intervention to its agenda, vowing that its aid ships will continue to head for Gaza until Israeli embargo is lifted.

The cargo ships are to carry Israeli-embargoed building materials, generators, medication, medical equipment and educational materials. In addition, passenger ships accompanying the cargo ships are scheduled to carry journalists, human rights advocates, activists and lawmakers from various countries.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/136101
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Ozymanithrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 04:04 PM
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1. Non violent non-compliance with the law is an important concept in such cases...
Hopefully, Israel will confiscate all of the ships and throw everyone in jail.

After WWII, Jews fleeing the Holocaust tried to enter the British Mandate of Palestine on illegal ships. They were arrested when caught and put into prison camps, some of them the same camps they had been liberated from.

This should continue until the historical irony illuminates Israeli government thought processes and informs their decisions.
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shergald Donating Member (494 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 04:15 PM
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2. If the incident you hope for happens, at least it may advertise this human rights dilemma.
Edited on Sun Feb-21-10 04:16 PM by shergald
In Cairo, Obama found the siege of Gaza intolerable and indicated that it must stop. Indeed, there are other groups that have attempted to break the siege, the British Viva Palestina group which drove a few hundred trucks to Gaza, and the Gaza Freedom March, which brought about 1,500 protesters to Cairo en route to Gaza. Unfortunately, the Egyptian dictator, Mubarak, decided to throw a monkey wrench into their plans.

Reports from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the UN UNWRA organization have all indicated the dire effects of the collective punishment on Gaza, which frankly appears to have no more importance to Israel than to maintain a split between the Palestinians politically, and to serve as a red herring, apparently to distract everyone from the ongoing occupation and colonization in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Collective punishment is illegal and it is time for the world to stop making exceptions.
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Ozymanithrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 08:16 PM
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11. Remember that Egypt is complicit in the Seige of Gaza.
They, too, refuse to allow things in and out.
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 08:58 PM
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13. it's fashionable to ignore Egypt's role and concentrate only on Israel
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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 09:02 PM
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14. One only needs to look to the two most recent threads about Egypt to see that is true.
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 09:17 PM
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15. you'd think anti-Israel activists would be embarassed by their hypocrisy
Edited on Sun Feb-21-10 09:24 PM by shira
But you come to learn after some time that embarrassing anti-Israel activists with accusations of hypocrisy is like embarrassing dogs with accusations that they lick themselves

No effect whatsoever.
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Duckhunter935 Donating Member (777 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 04:20 PM
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3. They should allow food and humanitarian aid in
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shergald Donating Member (494 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 04:45 PM
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5. Hamas stopped firing rockets a year ago.
Even then, the rocket firing was always in response to Israeli incursions into Gaza for purposes of killing militants, although in some cases farmers tilling their land and children playing in fields were killed. Hamas sued for ceasefires several times before the Egyptian brokered one, but Israel always refused. After four months into that ceasefire, Israel entered Gaza and killed six Hamas militants. Israel broke conditions of the ceasefire, and rockets resumed. Then we had the December-January turkey shoot that left 1,400 Palestinians including over 300 children dead.

The only thing that intervened were some renegade or independent groups which fired mortars at IDF on the perimeter. Israeli embassys confirmed the stoppage of rockets during the ceasefire period. But keep in mind that only 25% of Gazans are Hamas supporters, and that other Palestinian groups are active in the Strip.
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 04:24 PM
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4. Good for them
the punishment of Gaza and all of it's people has gone on for long enough
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grassfed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 04:45 PM
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6. Brian Eno @ Free Gaza Demo, London
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grassfed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 04:48 PM
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7. Annie Lennox @ Free Gaza Demo, London
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shergald Donating Member (494 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 06:01 PM
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9. Thanks for digging up these videos.
The Brits, the Irish, and even the Scots have been pretty up in arms over the Gaza inhumanity. Obama has been such a disappointment backing away from this humanitarian crisis.
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grassfed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 06:37 PM
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10. Yeah, it was devastating when both Election Day and the Inaugural
Edited on Sun Feb-21-10 06:42 PM by grassfed
of the first AA president, a young, brilliant, Humanist intellectual (after 8 horrific yrs of bible belt, corpo-fascism and 30 since Reagan, not to mention the legacy of Slavery and Jim Crow) were marred by the skunk at the party (Gaza Cast Lead cruelly timed to coincide with both) which ultimately stands to undermine his promise altogether: http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/display/ContentDetai...

It isn't just our moral integrity and national debt that are affected by this, for example, "TABLET has a report, which includes a great anecdote in which Cohen said that a Florida congressman was holding out his vote on health care till Obama took his foot off the gas on Israel/Palestine."
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/02/1-in-5-new-yorkers-become...
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shergald Donating Member (494 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 08:57 PM
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12. We have seen so much blackmail out of the Congress and Senate....
that it is no wonder people are fed up with it.
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grassfed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 04:56 PM
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8. Gazans have the right under international law
to obtain food

http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/CB9A27EF05BB5240852...

or medical supplies

http://unispal.un.org/unispal.nsf/47d4e277b48d9d3685256...

from any country willing to deliver those goods.
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