Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Egypt opens Gaza border after IDF raid on aid flotilla



Haaretz

Egypt opened its border with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, letting Palestinians cross until further notice amid a storm of international criticism of Israel's blockade of the enclave, officials in Egypt and Gaza said.

The move, urged by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas against whom the embargo has been directed, prompted dozens of people to race to the crossing point in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, though the gates appeared still to be closed.

It is the only point on Gaza's borders that is not fully controlled by Israel. Cairo, coordinating with Israel, has opened it only sparingly since Hamas Islamists, who are allied to Egypt's opposition, seized control of Gaza three years ago. [...]


6 comments :

  1. The Arabs are trying to provoke a war to at least bloody Israel's nose.

    Turkey has become increasingly Islamists and there are reports today that they are mobilizing for all out war. The Turkish Navy plans on escorting the next flotilla and will attack if confronted.

    Time for help from the Elyonim - Uztu aitzah vesufar.

    ReplyDelete
  2. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_DCGOA_RlajQ/TAUWj-PkY2I/AAAAAAAAFUo/782h_Nj1HwM/s1600/Omega-3.jpg

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wall Street JournalJune 1, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704875604575280592552774042.html

    When 'Peace Activists' Attack

    A flotilla organized by a Turkish Islamist group has failed in its attempt to break the naval blockade Israel and Egypt have imposed on the Gaza Strip. Styling themselves "peace activists" carrying humanitarian aid, the Turks, joined by members of other anti-Israel groups, were invited by the Israelis to dock at Ashdod, an Israeli port, and unload their goods there for delivery to Gaza. When they refused, Israeli sailors boarded the boats.

    According to YnetNews.com, the Israelis made a tactical error in assuming that "peace activists" would behave peacefully:

    To their misfortune, [the Israeli commandos] were only equipped with paintball rifles used to disperse minor protests, such as the ones held in Bilin. The paintballs obviously made no impression on the activists, who kept on beating the troops up and even attempted to wrest away their weapons.

    One soldier who came to the aid of a comrade was captured by the rioters and sustained severe blows. The commandoes were equipped with handguns but were told they should only use them in the face of life-threatening situations. When they came down from the chopper, they kept on shouting to each other "don't shoot, don't shoot," even though they sustained numerous blows.

    The Navy commandoes were prepared to mostly encounter political activists seeking to hold a protest, rather than trained street fighters. The soldiers were told they were to verbally convince activists who offer resistance to give up, and only then use paintballs. They were permitted to use their handguns only under extreme circumstances.

    Such circumstances having materialized, the Israelis did open fire, and nine of the so-called activists were killed.

    Palestinian Media Watch notes that a day earlier, al-Jazeera had reported that the "peace activists" were chanting: "Khaibar, Khaibar, oh Jews! The army of Muhammad will return!" Explanation:

    Khaibar is the name of the last Jewish village defeated by Muhammad's army in 628. Many Jews were killed in that battle, which marked the end of Jewish presence in Arabia. There are Muslims who see that as a precursor to future wars against Jews. At gatherings and rallies of extremists, this chant is often heard as a threat to Jews to expect to be defeated and killed again by Muslims.

    Al-Jazeera also interviewed a woman who said that the flotilla participants' goal was "one of two happy endings: either Martyrdom or reaching Gaza."

    As the Washington Post reports, "Israel delivers about 15,000 tons of supplies and aid to Gaza every week." Breaking the blockade was unnecessary to get humanitarian aid to Gaza--but it is necessary if the terror group Hamas, which dominates the strip, is to be rearmed. These "peace activists" seek peace only in the Orwellian sense: "War is peace."

    ReplyDelete
  4. The group that funded the flotilla is anti Israel and fundamentalist.

    Its members rejoiced at the death of their comrades, declaring it a fine victory.

    These aren't pot smoking peaceniks.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/02/world/middleeast/02activists.html?hp

    ReplyDelete
  5. Postscript of baasher hu shamJune 2, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    I try to avoid eating in any place owned by Yishmoelim or where they work as waiters and a lot of places in NY under hashgocho have this issue. In one restaurant in Israel, an Arab was caught poisoning the food.

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/features/al-qaida-s-mother-of-all-spy-manuals-1.292956

    Al-Qaida's mother of all spy manuals

    Matiri covers a variety of topics in the 42 pages of his instruction manual, among them advice on how the religious spy can get out of uncomfortable situations. He suggests that "Jewish meals" be ordered on airline flights - kosher meals that do not contain pork. They are marked with the letters U or K.

    ... he writes about the Moscow theater siege in 2002, in which about 50 Chechen fighters held about 850 hostages. Before the siege, the Chechen commander had his people established a catering company; they even took the trouble of obtaining the franchise to open a cafeteria in the theater. They were thus able to bring in bombs and explosives and become familiar with its halls and corridors.

    But to gather intelligence that is not aimed at a specific attack, the agent must also to create a fictional persona.

    "When one of us sets out for an espionage action in Israel, it is important that his first step be to create a background story under commercial or cultural cover among the Jewish diaspora in Morocco, Egypt or the United States. In that way he will be able to obtain 'roots' for the new persona However, creating a background is not enough. The good spy must know how to dress, speak and adapt himself to the environment in which he is operating," Matiri writes.

    "A businessman is not going to live in a poor neighborhood and a student cannot own a luxurious villa and a fleet of cars. Student dormitories are more appropriate for him. In general, it is desirable that spies not live in poor neighborhoods because the inhabitants usually sit outside on the sidewalks and see who is coming and going. They spot new people immediately. But in wealthy neighborhoods, the neighbors do not know one another, and this is what is needed in intelligence work."

    ReplyDelete
  6. Sleeper cell in the oval office?June 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Obama seems to have no problem with the flotilla organizers who are enemies of the State for sending fighters to kill US troops in Afghanistan.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-envoy-in-geneva-gaza-flotilla-activists-linked-to-terror-groups-1.293631

    A 2006 report by the Danish Institute for International Studies written by counter-terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann described the IHH as a front for funding terrorist organizations and sending fighters to countries such as Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya.

    ReplyDelete

ANONYMOUS COMMENTS WILL NOT BE POSTED!
please use either your real name or a pseudonym.