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Israeli forces storm Gaza aid ship …..DSD……

The Israeli navy has stormed at least one of a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza strip, amid reports of casualties on board.

Israeli TV says that up to 14 people have been killed. Israel has declined to comment.

The exact location of the interception is unclear. Israel had warned the ships not to enter its territorial waters.

The ships are carrying 10,000 tonnes of aid to the Gaza Strip in an effort to break an Israeli blockade.

Turkish TV pictures taken on board the Turkish ship leading the flotilla show Israeli soldiers fighting to control passengers.

The footage showed a number of people, apparently injured, lying on the ground. The sound of gunshots could be heard. It is not clear whether the fighting is ongoing.

Al-Jazeera TV reported from the same ship that Israeli navy forces had fired and boarded the vessel, wounding the captain….

continued at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10195838.stm

From the BBC, two weeks ago (May 17):

Hamas wrecks ‘illegal’ Gaza homes

Hamas, the Palestinian movement which controls the Gaza Strip, has forced residents of a southern town from their homes and demolished their houses.

The radical Islamist group says people living at the edge of the town of Rafah had built their homes illegally on government land.

Witnesses said dozens of people were pushed out of their homes but Hamas says the number has been exaggerated.

Palestinians in Gaza have been angered by the demolitions.

Palestinians are more used to seeing homes destroyed in areas occupied by Israeli military or police for being built without the correct permits, correspondents say.

Club-wielding Hamas policemen – and some female police officers wearing face-covering veils – forced people from their homes and then brought in bulldozers…

continued at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8687974.stm

Video Link……..…..

Snap Analysis……. A while back the Dog did a piece on the Palestinian’s turned to non-violence as a means to counter the Israeli natural military strength……This incident seems to walked the Israeli’s into a trap….The intial reaction to this incident is OVERWHELMINGLY negative for the Isreali’s…..Exactly what the Palestinian’s would want…..

Taking a que from the guerilla tactic’s used by other Middle East countries the Palestinian’s have figured out a way to turn the battle to their advantage…….

The Israeli’s won the battle…but have lost the political side on this one it seems…….


May 31, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Government, Media, Military, Updates | , ,


  1. need WE remind the Jewish hating world what Israel has to deal with in the past


    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  2. This will wreak havoc on Turkish-Israeli relations and is hardly improving Israel’s relations with Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, Lebanon, Jordan or other neighbors whose cooperation she needs.

    The UN Security Council is meeting on the matter as I write.

    See Gideon Levy’s column in Ha’aretz:

    Gaza flotilla drives Israel into a sea of stupidity

    British Foreign Minister William Hague (a former Conservative Party leader and negotiator for the new coalition), a Thatcherite who’s certainly no enemy of either Israel or the U.S., has expressed severe doubts:

    Hague ‘deplores Gaza ship deaths’

    ¶ I’ve always thought that Israel (with the support of the Geo. W. Bush administration) took the wrong approach right from the beginning, with her initial reaction to Hamas’ victory in the Palestinian elections. The idea of punishing people for not voting the way you’d have liked them to (for a corrupt and bullying Fatah) never seemed right, and the idea that the Gazans could then somehow be pressured into overthrowing the government they’d just elected by isolation, unemployment and privation seemed cock-eyed if not positively perverse and bone-headed. (Egypt’s aims in half-continuing the blockade seem even more obscure.) I think the only effect within Gaza has been to tighten Hamas’ dictatorship.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  3. Listen…..The History lesson is fine TPL….

    The biggest issue here is the Turks….Who bankrolled the mission….sent the group off with fan-fare and the fact that the group wasn’t armed……

    This is political coup for the Palenstians and Hamas…..

    By laying down their arms on this they have taken the Israeli’s arms away…

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  4. Also…..Make no mistake…..The countries mentioned above will still maintain covert contacts with Israel….

    There is just too many bad guys floating around not to….

    But the Political thing….Whew!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  5. From Liberal Democrat Voice (UK):

    Clegg demands end to Gaza blockade #flotilla

    By The Voice | Published 1st June 2010 – 3:07 pm
    Clegg speaks out on Gaza flotilla crisis

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called on Israel to lift its “unjustifiable and untenable” blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    Mr Clegg said that the storming by Israeli commandos of a ship carrying aid to the Palestinian territory underlined the need for the blockade to end.

    The United Nations Security Council called for a “prompt, impartial, credible and transparent” investigation into the raid, which left at least nine civilians dead and more than 30 people injured, including one Briton, according to the Foreign Office.

    Mr Clegg said the situation in Gaza had become a “humanitarian catastrophe”. He said: “Whilst, of course, Israel has every right to defend itself and its citizens from any attack, it must now move towards lifting the blockade in Gaza as soon as possible.”

    Find the full press release here.


    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 1, 2010 | Reply

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