The latest “aid” ship had no aid
Last night, Israel intercepted a freighter that was supposedly filled with 60 tons of aid for Gaza, that originated in Tripoli.
Free Gaza’s update on the ship last night was telling: its 8 PM (Central European Time) report said
The Israelis said the boat can not go to Gaza, and it appears they will try to force it to Arish, but the captain intends to push forward. (And having been aboard the TALI I think it will take more than a ramming to sink it)
In other words, the “peace activists” were really hoping for a fight.
From the times of the reports, it is clear that Israel warned the ship for several hours before boarding it.
The only reporter who is saying that Israel beat and threatened them is the embedded Al Jazeera reporter.
Israel took the ship to Ashdod to examine the contents and question the passengers. According to Haaretz, the “60 tons” of aid was imaginary:
The Israel Defense Forces said that troops found about 150 bottles of mineral water and a few dozen kilograms of food and medicine on board, despite earlier claims that it was carrying dozens of tons of humanitarian aid.
The Tali, a cargo vessel flying the flag of the West African state of Togo, was sent by the Palestinian National Committee Against the Siege in cooperation with the U.S.-based Free Gaza Movement. Its cargo was claimed to have included about 60 tons of medicine, food and toys, plus 10,000 units of human blood plasma which requires constant refrigeration.
So these pro-terror “peace activists” are caught lying. Again.
And one of the “human rights” activists on the ship has a bit of a checkered history:
Military sources said that on board the vessel – dubbed the “Brotherhood Ship” – were nine people, including Greek-Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem Monsignor Hilarion Capucci, who was arrested in 1974 after being caught smuggling weapons from Lebanon to activists in the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Which is exactly what one would expect a “peace activist” to do, right?
For context, here are the amounts of aid that Israel shipped into Gaza over the past few days:
February 1 – 4,656 tons of supplies
February 2 – 5,354 tons of supplies
February 3 – 6,106 tons of supplies
February 4 – 5,367 tons of supplies
So even though they were lying about the “60 tons,” it is about what three trucks carry. This is hardly an efficient way to get aid to Gazans. (I have not heard about any shortage of blood plasma in Gaza, either.)