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Gaza-bound yacht escorted to Israel port

2011-07-19 19:17

Ashdod - A French yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists which was prevented from reaching Gaza by the Israeli navy was escorted into Ashdod port on Tuesday, an AFP correspondent said.

The MV Dignite/Al Karama entered the port flanked by three small Israeli naval vessels after being intercepted in international waters as it tried to reach Gaza in defiance of Israel's naval blockade on the tiny Palestinian territory.

The military said the 16 people on board, three of whom are journalists, would be questioned by Israel police then transferred to the interior ministry and the immigration authorities, with the expectation they would be deported.

One of the passengers is Amira Hass, a veteran Israeli columnist who covers Palestinian affairs for the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper. The other two journalists work for Al-Jazeera television.

Last month, Israel pledged that foreign journalists covering the arrival of what had been expected to be a 10-ship flotilla to Gaza would not face the same sanction as other participants.

Earlier, the military said the boat had been boarded without violence and that the crew and passengers were transferred to one of the Israeli naval vessels.

The move to board the boat came some four hours after navy boats had surrounded the French-flagged yacht in international waters, 40 nautical miles (74km) off the Gaza shoreline, organisers said.

Comments
  • Jaimo - 2011-07-19 19:52

    The so called 'Palestinians' were only called such in 1966! Palestine belongs to the Jews dating back to ancient Bible days. All this now hype is based on a blatant LIE! The so called Palestinians were just migrant workers from Egypt, Syria and Jordan and have no claim to land there. They are merely being used by the cowardly and jealous Arab/Islamic nations to try and get control of Jerusalem. Israel is a sovereign legitimate nation and must deal with this trouble making quickly and decisively!!!

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-19 22:23

      The Israelis whilst being notionally Jews in terms of religion are more about claiming to be one race/tribe despite being a collected rabble of mostly Americans and Europeans who moved there since WWII, with mostly ideological links between them.

      Zionist - 2011-07-20 08:10

      Less than 2% of Jewish Israelis are from American decent (But started out in the holy land 5000 years ago) Around 45% of Israeli Jews are from European heritage “Ashkenazi” started out in the ancient Israel 3500 years before Islam was born. 40% of Israeli Jews were scattered around the Arab world (Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya Yemen etc) However, these Jews were kicked out and told to leave. This Jews “Sfaradi” were from the holy land too 5000 or so years ago. There are 50 Arab/Muslim states in the world. There are over 100 Christian countries. There are Hindu & Buddhist states... But only one Jewish one - and its the size of the Kruger National Park. It’s amazing - but even THIS is too much for this racist world.

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-07-19 19:56

    I thought they would have directed through straits of Gibralta and then either down to the South Pole or up to the North Pole!!

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-07-19 20:01

    It's important for us to continually pray on behalf of Israel. The world is obsessed with solving the supernatural conflicts of the Middle East by natural, human means. It cannot and will not happen. We are fighting the principalities and powers of the air. Only the supernatural can intervene. Here's something else the world doesn't understand. When you deal with Israel, you're dealing with fire. God has irreversibly given Israel to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Ezekiel warns that anyone who tries to appropriate the land for themselves will suffer the fire of God's wrath. World leaders, either out of ignorance or arrogance, are playing with fire and don't even realize it. Only those of us who understand the supernatural nature of this conflict and these covenants can stand in the gap and intercede on Israel's behalf and any country that supports them.

      OnlyaGinger - 2011-07-19 23:26

      Tell me just one thing, why does god love the jews so much? There are 10 000 plus religions in the world today, and many more cultures. Why would the creator of the entire universe, every ecosystem and species on earth spend so much time on one religions issues? Cant you see how silly that sounds? The bible is but one of many historical texts that serve as a gateway into the experiences and takes of our ancestors. But you have chosen to reject or ignore all other religions text and solely devote yourself to the cause of the jewish people. I can only 'pray' that you awaken from your delusions and discover the awesomeness of this world with all its cultures and people. Your god is is in your head, he is egotistical and paranoid... Do you really think the almighty creator of the universe has human emotions like anger, sentiment or racist tendencies?? Even you have to agree with me that every species on earth is pefectly made/adapted for their surroundings, they are discovering new species of reptiles, fish, birds, insects and even primates every single year. Are you really telling me the creator doesnt have anything mor significant or important to influence than a couple of millions of peoples personal and religious issues?? It all sounds a little weird to me. I like to believe that if there were an ominpotent creator, he would want his creations to be peaceful, tolerant and loving. But hey, i must have read jesus' message wrong! Fortunately im not religious...

      Monacoroyals - 2011-07-20 08:36

      Ginger Every religion believes their God love’s best. Why is it a crime for yids to believe that? What makes you so special? Muslims believe they are best & will go to paradise... Christians believe they are following the correct path which will lead us to heaven Hindus believe they are going to reincarnate. Buddhists believe their Buddha will deliver them to the Light... Who you to judge what them Jews believe?

      Phantom - 2011-07-20 09:54

      OnlyaGinger, God loves ALL people in the World, but he did not create all the religions. People decided to go their own way and created their own religions, something God did not intend. Religion is the worst thing that could have happened to this World. No wonder the World is in such a mess. With regards to the Jews, you do not believe in the Bible, so you would not understand why Christians support the Jewish state. However, Christians MUST love everybody. God ordered us to do so. I do not love the Jews more than anybody else, but it is religion that causes the problems, if you understand what I am trying to say.

      OnlyaGinger - 2011-07-20 10:00

      @ monacoroyals I did not judge, I was making an observation, but thank you for making my point- if every religion in the world thinks they are special to their god, doesnt that show that the whole religion thing is malarkey? As I said, a god that created this universe with all that is inside would not concern himself with the petty tribulations of his egotistical creations. Oh and BTW- no buddhist believes in Buddah the way that other religions have a god. Buddhist strive to live the way of the buddah, they have no god in their 'religion' and therefore its not really religion, but more a way of life. Educate yourself before you make silly statements like that... once again shows the general ignorance of what the religious people show for the rest of humanity...

      OnlyaGinger - 2011-07-20 10:05

      @phantom You say religions cause all the problems in the world, with which i can agree with, but you basically stating that Christianity is the only REAL religion. Sounds silly to me. How do you think God intended the Mayans or Argentinians to hear Jesus' message from across the pond? Although you display some logic in your reasoning, it is still empirically flawed in the fact that you believe god did not 'intend' for something to happen- how can a omnipotent creator make a mistake?? Only humans make mistakes- not deities. And also, just because I am not Christian, does not mean that I have not studied religion and historical texts- dont make such assumptions- it has been shown that agnostics and atheist have a better knowledge of religion than the average religious person- think about that...

      Phantom - 2011-07-20 10:37

      Ginger Jesus' message eventually did reach all parts of the Earth, so it eventually did reach across the pond. I don't think you will disagree with that, do you? God did not make a mistake, but he is so merciful that he gave every human being free choice. If we did not have that, we would be like robots. Don't you agree? "it has been shown that agnostics and atheist have a better knowledge of religion than the average religious person" - Then why do you still not understand the scriptures in the Bible with regards to Israel? Are we Christians supposed to not believe them? What's the point of having those scriptures in the Bible then? Then we might as well tear some pages out of the Bible.

  • j4truth - 2011-07-19 20:16

    It is amazing that other ME countries, continue to murder and commit atrocities, but this "Israel bashing" media have put this arbitrary LOZER story in the head-lines. AlJezeera/Islam manipulation influence again!!!!!!!!

      BrassCopper - 2011-07-20 08:15

      This is one reason why i support Israel. http://www.godvine.com/Woman-Gets-Sentenced-to-Death-for-Insulting-the-Muslim-Faith-87.html

  • Phantom - 2011-07-19 20:19

    Gaza will one day belong to Israel again.

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-19 21:55

    Ashkenazi Jews aren't descendants of Middle Eastern Jews of biblical times. The former are terrorists, the latter lived at peace with neighbors.

      Phantom - 2011-07-19 22:46

      Oh, so who do they terrorise?

  • Shein - 2011-07-20 07:15

    Why so called Human rights activists demonstrate against Israel,not others? *Demonstrate in: -Muslim world?Be killed! -Russia,China?Be jailed! *Boycode universes in NATO countries for killing civilian while fighting terrorists thousands of miles away from their home? Will lose funds,popularity,jobs! Why demonstrating in Israel? Not afraid of being:killed ,jailed. Will receive a great media coverage,glory,fundsThey know that they will be protected by the defending Israel values,laws

  • Shein - 2011-07-20 07:15

    Why so called Human rights activists demonstrate against Israel,not others? *Demonstrate in: -Muslim world?Be killed! -Russia,China?Be jailed! *Boycode universes in NATO countries for killing civilian while fighting terrorists thousands of miles away from their home? Will lose funds,popularity,jobs! Why demonstrating in Israel? Not afraid of being:killed ,jailed. Will receive a great media coverage,glory,fundsThey know that they will be protected by the defending Israel values,laws

  • mecan - 2011-07-20 08:22

    Anti-Semitism hasn't gone away; it's merely morphed into hatred of Israel. The Jews will never be "loved". The world will love the Jews greatly were they to roll over and die, and that is not going to happen. I'm with Machiavelli -- it is far, far better to be feared than to be loved. Stay strong Israel - maybe one day the Palestinians will choose peace!

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