Iranian aid ships head for Gaza

 Last week,

The Iranian Red Crescent says it will send three aid ships to Gaza in the latest bid to break the blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory by Israel.

It will also send a plane carrying 30 tonnes of medical equipment to Egypt for onward delivery to Gaza.

Red Crescent director for international affairs Abdolrauf Adibzadeh told Iranian media that two ships would leave for Gaza this week, followed at a later date by a third vessel.

This morning, Reuters reported in what was considered to be a provocative move after the Gaza Flotilla massacre a few weeks ago, the sailing of the first ship:

One ship left port Sunday and another will depart by Friday, loaded with food, construction material and toys, the report said. The boats would be part of international efforts to break Israel's isolation of the Gaza Strip.

"Until the end of the Gaza blockade, Iran will continue to ship aid," said an official at Iran's Society for the Defense of the Palestinian Nation.

While Israel has long suspected Iran, which rejects the Jewish state's right to exist, of supplying weapons to Hamas, Tehran says it only provides moral support to the group.

"Let the games begin" was the observation of one blogger commenting on the significance of this new effort to break the siege.




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God I hope Israel sinks that ship

Iran has got to get the message: no one is in the civilized world is gonna tolerate their support of Muslim terror jihad.

by Lakrosse 2010-06-14 01:17PM | 0 recs
RE: God I hope Israel sinks that ship

Finally, someone decided to comment, even if it is you, lakrosse. It has gotten really lonely on this blog lately, to the extent that even idiocy is appreciated.

The Red Crescent is a humanitarian org like our own Red Cross, which I might note, recently blasted Israel for its inhumane, cruel and illegal siege. Red Crescent is active in several Arab countries. And just because most of the people in those countries are Muslim, it does not follow that they are terrorists, just as the Turkish IHH is not a terrorist org just because it included the Gazan people in their sphere of concerns and aid.

So keep your Islamophobia under control.

by MainStreet 2010-06-14 08:35PM | 0 recs
More Jihadists plan flotilla to Gaza.

The snark above is well intended.

German Jews 'indundated' with requests to join new Gaza aid flotilla Jewish Voices for a Just Peace seeks second vessel, as dozens more activists ask to take part in aid mission.

An association of German Jews planning to send a boat with humanitarian aid to break the Gaza blockade is searching for a second vessel, given the high number of requests to travel with the group.

The group, Jewish Voices for a Just Peace, had originally planned to send one small vessel from an unnamed Mediterranean port in mid- July, with the intention of getting aid past the Israeli-imposed blockade of Gaza.


by MainStreet 2010-06-15 08:52AM | 0 recs
Another look at the terrorists that comprised the Gaza Freedom Flotilla that was attacked by Israel.
by MainStreet 2010-06-15 11:20AM | 0 recs
RE: Another look at the terrorists that comprised the Gaza Freedom Flotilla that was attacked by Israel.

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by MainStreet 2010-06-15 11:24AM | 0 recs
RE: Another look at the terrorists that comprised the Gaza Freedom Flotilla that was attacked by Israel.
Okay another try.
by MainStreet 2010-06-15 11:30AM | 0 recs
RE: Another look at the terrorists that comprised the Gaza Freedom Flotilla that was attacked by Israel.

Just not working. Hope the video capability is improved.

by MainStreet 2010-06-15 11:31AM | 0 recs
And while the Iranian ships are en route, the saga of the Mavi Marmara massacre continues.

Mondoweiss reports on this unbelievable stuff:

Blockade of ‘Mavi Marmara’ continues, stateside

by Philip Weiss on June 15, 2010

We all say that things are moving in a good direction. Well, in power politics, here's a disastrous story: The Daily News reports on three New York politicians joining a campaign to investigate Gaza flotilla activists who are coming here to speak. And not just any New York pols, but Christine Quinn, who we thought was good on the issue, and Congress people Charlie Rangel and Carolyn Maloney, who ought to know better. Grim news. A real bow to extremists, and reminiscent of the 1950s. Imagine them trying this with the civil rights movement...

Local officials are demanding that the State Department investigate the visa applications of Gaza flotilla activists before two of them speak at a Brooklyn church.

"We have an obligation to protect our borders against Hamas," Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan/Queens) said at a Times Square press conference Monday that included City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Chelsea) and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-Harlem). "Use extra caution. Take this threat seriously."

She and other members of New York's congressional delegation pledged to deliver a petition with more than 23,000 signatures demanding the State Department do visa checks of Mavi Marmara ship passengers planning a speaking tour that includes a stop at the House of the Lord Church in Boerum Hill on Thursday.

The terrorists are coming, get under your beds. This is about the most extreme version of Hamas spin we have seen yet, and carries the Hamas red herring a step further, while Israel continues to steal Palestinian lands. There are now two men serving near life sentences in a federal prison for raising money to support Hamas run schools, hospitals, and clinics.

by MainStreet 2010-06-15 04:23PM | 0 recs

You think Israel is going to be letting in an Iranian "aid" ship?  Would the US let North Korea send an "aid" ship to Cuba?  Who does Iran / Gaza sympathizers think they are kidding - these are publicity stunts and nothing more - and really crappy publicity stunts at that.  If anything I think these things are back-firing for Gaza - contrary to what the MSM may indicate.  The key demographic is American foreign-policy middle of the road voters and conservatives, and "aid" ships armed with knives etc. and "Iranian aid" is only going to piss off the middle to right in the US.

These ships aren't getting to Gaza - but you are right - "let the games begin" - what a joke.

by mikes101 2010-06-15 09:18PM | 1 recs
RE: The Red Cross agrees with you, sort of.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – The hardship faced by Gaza's 1.5 million people cannot be addressed by providing humanitarian aid. The only sustainable solution is to lift the closure.

The serious incidents that took place on 31 May between Israeli forces and activists on a flotilla heading for Gaza once again put the spotlight on the acute hardship faced by the population in the Gaza Strip.

As the ICRC has stressed repeatedly, the dire situation in Gaza cannot be resolved by providing humanitarian aid. The closure imposed on the Gaza Strip is about to enter its fourth year, choking off any real possibility of economic development. Gazans continue to suffer from unemployment, poverty and warfare, while the quality of Gaza's health care system has reached an all-time low.

The whole of Gaza's civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel's obligations under international humanitarian law.

"The closure is having a devastating impact on the 1.5 million people living in Gaza", said Béatrice Mégevand-Roggo, the ICRC's head of operations for the Middle East. "That is why we are urging Israel to put an end to this closure and call upon all those who have an influence on the situation, including Hamas, to do their utmost to help Gaza's civilian population. Israel's right to deal with its legitimate security concerns must be balanced against the Palestinians' right to live normal, dignified lives."


by MainStreet 2010-06-16 08:16AM | 0 recs
Yet another ship to Gaza getting into the act. This one from Lebanon.

I just received this email from the Council for the National Interest Foundation in Washington, DC, seeking further volunteers for the Lebanon ship to Gaza, leaving June 25.

We have had several messages from Beirut regarding the Arab Boat Brigade from Beirut to Gaza which is now scheduled to leave Thursday, June 25th. The Boat Brigade has been supported by the President of Lebanon and we think it is an opportunity for several dozen members of CNI to make the point that President Obama made: "the siege of Gaza is not sustainable."

Details on how you can volunteer for this effort to again confront the Israelis (and the United States) on what has become a shameful episode in American Foreign Policy are below.Please let us know, by return email to, if you are available to fly to Beirut on such short notice and make the point in person. We would like to see at least 25 or 30 CNI members volunteer for this effort and we are told there is space for far more if you have a valid passport. Please note that the 2 front pages of your passport, including the photo and the details of when the passport was issued, should be scanned and included in your reply message.

Let's make this a successful CNI contingent, following our own pilgrimage visit to Gaza and the attempt to break the blockade by Ambassador Edward Peck, which is getting so much coverage.

Eugene Bird

Any volunteers here? lakrosse?
by MainStreet 2010-06-15 10:09PM | 0 recs
Second Iranian ship to set sail this weekend

Iranian Red Crescent says ship carrying humanitarian aid, toys for Gaza Strip to set sail 'at start of next week'



Tehran's preparations for sending an aid convoy to Gaza are at their peak, and two organizations plan to send ships to the Strip. One of the ships seems to have already set sail, and the other is slated to leave this Saturday. They are expected to arrive at Gaza's shores via the Red Sea.


"The ship will depart for Gaza in a special ceremony that will be attended by thousands of people at the start of next week," a statement on the Iranian Red Crescent's website said on Wednesday.,7340,L-3906136,00.html


Dudi Cohem

by MainStreet 2010-06-17 10:10PM | 0 recs
Israel to UN: We reserve the right to stop Lebanon Gaza-bound flotilla
Here we go again:
Lebanon aid ship Miriam to set sail to Gaza Sunday; Israel's UN envoy says Israel will use all necessary means to prevent ships from violating the naval blockade on Gaza.

by MainStreet 2010-06-19 10:40AM | 0 recs


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