IDF to use dogs when boarding future Flotillas

A report posted overnight in the Jerusalem Post says that “The IDF’s Oketz canine unit will be used to assist soldiers in boarding Gaza-bound ships during future interceptions, a military source said on Thursday. The decision followed intensive deliberations by military chiefs on how to improve boarding techniques following the bloody confron...

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Israeli naval blockade of Gaza asserted in UN documents

Israeli Foreign Ministry officials told Haaretz that Minister Avigdor Lieberman has contacted the Greek and Moldovan Foreign Ministers, and asked them to stop a Moldovan-flagged cargo ship which intended to sail, imminently, from Greece to Gaza. Reports indicated, Saturday evening, that the ship had just sailed. The voyage for this ship from Greece...

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Investigation: Free Gaza strategy document

Thanks to a comment made elsewhere on this blog, my attention has been drawn to the publication of a document — that appears to be quite authentic — prepared by the Free Gaza movement as part of the strategic planning for the Freedom Flotilla that met a tragic end as it sailed toward Gaza when […]

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Saturday morning: IDF intercepts MV Rachel Corrie

LATEST UPDATE: IDF spokesperson tweeted just after 12:30 pm that “The crew of the Rachel Corrie has permitted IDF soldiers to board” … “IDF soldiers boarded the Rachel Corrie with permission by sea, no helicopters used” … “The Rachel Corrie will be brought to the Ashdod Port where goods will be inspected + ...

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Waiting for news about MV Rachel Corrie

We are waiting for news on Friday afternoon about the fate of the MV Rachel Corrie, a ship wholly owned by the Free Gaza movement which has made 8 expeditions by sea to Gaza (with mixed results, but some initial success). There have been all kinds of contradictory reports today UPDATE’: The Irish Times is […]

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Shock sets in

Shock is setting in, a day after the Israeli interception of the Freedom Flotilla at sea in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday morning. The IDF still has not released names or numbers of those who were killed, injured, or detained yesterday. Israeli reports now say that the IDF has confirmed that there were “more than” […]

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Free Gaza Movement announces that Freedom Flotilla is moving toward Gaza

After saying for two days that the Freedom Flotilla would not travel at night, the Free Gaza movement announced Saturday night that it is on the move. The Israeli Navy sailed from Haifa port on Friday night to intercept the Flotilla. IMEMC has reported that the Israeli military mobilization is named “Operation Sky Winds”. A […]

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Israel deports all but two Free Gaza activists captured at sea

Almost a week after they were confronted by Israeli naval vessels and towed to the Israeli port of Ashdod, the Free Gaza Movement indicates that its activists captured at sea on board a boat flying a Greek flag and sailing from Cyprus to Gaza were “accused of entering Israel illegally”, but that all charges were […]

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