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« on: July 01, 2009, 12:16:55 am »


I am sure that they wanted to throw it back when they realized what they had caught. :Smiley

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Israel navy intercepts boat with ex-U.S. Rep. McKinney

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- The Israeli navy took control of a boat that violated an Israeli blockade and crossed into Gazan waters Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces said, while a Gaza group said the ship was carrying humanitarian aid, a former U.S. congresswoman and a Nobel laureate.

The boat's crew included former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, according to the Free Gaza Movement, a human rights group that sent the boat it calls "Spirit of Humanity" from Cyprus.

Along with McKinney, who served six terms in the House of Representatives from Georgia and was the Green Party's presidential nominee in 2008, Israeli authorities took 20 people into custody, the group said.

Also aboard, the group said, was Mairead Maguire, who co-founded a group that worked for peace in Northern Ireland. Maguire and co-founder Betty Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for their work.

IDF said the Israeli navy contacted the boat, which it called the Arion, while it was still at sea and warned the crew they would not be allowed to enter Gazan waters "because of security risks in the area and the existing naval blockade."

Disregarding all warnings, the boat entered Gazan coastal waters, IDF said. An Israeli navy force intercepted, boarded and took control of the boat, directing it toward Ashdod, Israel, IDF said.
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According to the Free Gaza group, McKinney said, "This is an outrageous violation of international law against us. Our boat was not in Israeli waters, and we were on a human rights mission to the Gaza Strip," before authorities confiscated cell phones.

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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2009, 12:46:27 pm »

Didn't this happen before? 
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2009, 01:03:26 pm »

Didn't this happen before? 

I thought it had, but I was confusing it with the bulldozer thing.
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2009, 02:16:48 pm »

It happened Dec 30, 2008.

They even got rammed by the Israeli Navy.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/12/30/gaza.aid.boat/index.html

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(CNN) -- An Israeli patrol boat struck a boat carrying medical volunteers and supplies to Gaza early Tuesday as it attempted to intercept the vessel in the Mediterranean Sea, witnesses and Israeli officials said.

 
CNN correspondent Karl Penhaul was aboard the 60-foot pleasure boat Dignity when the contact occurred. When the boat later docked in the Lebanese port city of Tyre, severe damage was visible to the forward port side of the boat, and the front left window and part of the roof had collapsed. It was flying the flag of Gibraltar.

The Dignity was carrying crew and 16 passengers -- physicians from Britain, Germany and Cyprus and human rights activists from the Free Gaza Solidarity Movement -- who were trying to reach Gaza through an Israeli blockade of the territory.

Also on board was former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney.

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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2009, 02:30:32 pm »

It happened Dec 30, 2008.

They even got rammed by the Israeli Navy.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/12/30/gaza.aid.boat/index.html



Ahh, yes I knew I remember this happening to her before.  You'd think they would have learned with Israel says "this area is closed" that they really mean, this area is closed. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2009, 02:45:12 pm »



ignore the apparent pattern of behavior.  cynthia mckinney is NOT just antagonizing the jooooos for no reason.  they are coming after her. she was minding her own business . . . on a boat.  in the middle of the Mediterranean sea.  where the israeli navy had no clue she would be lurking.  and the joooos came and harassed her.

just like the election thingy that she lost.  that was the jooos, too. 

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