Saturday, June 5, 2010

Israel Seizes MV Rachel Corrie Flotilla Ship (w/Video)

June 6, 2010 - Breaking/Developing: New Straits Times reports from Indonesia: Israeli forces boarded and seized the MV Rachel Corrie swiftly and without meeting resistance yesterday [local time], preventing it from breaking a naval blockade of Gaza days after a similar effort turned bloody. While the 19 activists onboard, including six Malaysians, are reported to be unharmed, there are concerns that the activists will be dealt with according to Israeli laws once they reach Port Ashdod in Israel. The Jerusalem Post reported this: On Saturday [local time], commandos boarded the MV Rachel Corrie cargo ship as it made its way to the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break the Israel-imposed sea blockade. Navy forces then piloted the ship into Ashdod Port where its cargo will be unloaded and allowed, after inspection, to cross by land into the Gaza Strip.The boarding took place without any violence and was carried out by sea and not by helicopters, like on Monday. Passengers aboard the Rachel Corrie – named for an American activist killed by an IDF bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003 – even, according to the IDF, threw the boarding soldiers a rope off the side of the vessel. Israeli Navy Intercepts Gaza Aid Boat, Escorts Vessel to Port‎ BusinessWeek Israelis seize Irish aid ship bound for Gaza‎ Scotsman