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'Rachel Corrie' boarded, no one hurt.

At about 5:50 am on Saturday, the first reports came in over Twitter that the 'Rachel Corrie' had been boarded close to Gaza.  Earlier the activists reported that their radar had been jammed, however their Twitter accounts continued to operate.

The activists reported that three boats were following them for about twenty minutes and then that they had been boarded. 

The passengers are said to be under arrest.

Israel prepares to board Gaza aid ship

JERUSALEM, June 5 (Reuters) - The Israeli navy prepared to board another aid ship bound for Gaza on Saturday, as Washington condemned as "unsustainable" a blockade which Israel enforced earlier in the week by killing 9 people aboard a Turkish vessel.

Irish and other activists on the Rachel Corrie ignored orders to divert to Israel's Ashdod port. Should it continue to approach the Palestinian enclave, the navy would board the vessel, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

Israel navy tails Gaza aid ship

Israeli war ships are "shadowing" a Malaysian-funded Irish aid ship headed towards Gaza, activists on board have said.

The MV Rachel Corrie's radar was jammed as the ship sailed closer to restricted waters off the Gaza Strip early on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the campaign group supporting the ship said.

To Shabbos Jones & InfoWhores: NY Times confirms Israel started hostilities on flotilla!

The NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief, whose objectivity was cast into doubt because his son actively serves in the IDF, has just published a detailed article on the flotilla massacre.

The second paragraph jumps off the page:

The crack of an Israeli sound grenade and a hail of rubber bullets from above were supposed to disperse activists, but instead set them into motion. And when three Israeli commandos slid down ropes out of helicopters to take over the ship, a crowd set upon them.

Shayetet 13: Hebrew Media Detailed Violent Plan to Raid Flotilla well Before it Arrived

Flotilla 13, or Shayetet 13 in Hebrew, is considered one of the Israeli army’s elite special force units.  It was formed in 1949 based on the naval brigade of the Haganah Jewish terrorist group, a group which operated against the British mandate in Palestine and was responsible for numerous grave acts of terrorism against the British and the Arabs inside Palestine and beyond.

MV Rachel Corrie 80 Miles from Gaza!

On board the Rachel Corrie..  Irish Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, a former UN Assistant Secretary-General Denis Halliday,  a member of the Malaysian parliament Mohd Nizar bin Zakaria... and more..

MV Rachel Corrie 80 Miles from Gaza

Saturday June 05, 2010 00:57 by Kev & Freda - IPSC

Protests close Israeli Embassy for the day

Protest continues at Israeli embassy

About 50 people are continuing to blockade the Israeli embassy in Dublin today in protest at Israel’s policies on Gaza.

Irish Times, 4 June 2010

Members of the Irish Anti-war Movement gathered outside the embassy on Pembroke Road in Ballsbridge last night following a protest and have remained there in an attempt to keep the building closed for the day. The embassy generally closes at lunchtime on Friday.

Eyeball to Eyeball: How Turkey Can Force Israel’s Hand and Break the Gaza Blockade

Israel’s boarding and seizure of the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, has sparked debate and outrage world wide.  Media, pundits, and politicians, despite a real lack of facts and hard information, have lept to alternately defend and condemn Israel, Turkey has withdrawn its ambassador, and Israel has urged sympathizers to its defense on internet forums.  As usual, when it comes to the always-contentious Jewish State, the entire world is just itching for a fight.

Irish ship Rachel Corrie was sabotaged by Israeli intelligence says report

The Irish ship, MV Rachel Corrie, was tampered with by the Israeli Defense Forces according to Colonel Itzik Turgeman.

The Rachel Corrie was planned to be the first ship to arrive into Gazan waters last weekend but was delayed due to mechanical problems now suspected to be a form of sabotage.

Freed journos tell of Israeli commandos like 'hyenas hunting'

Two Herald journalists captured by Israeli commandos and deported after being caught up in this week's deadly Gaza flotilla attack spoke today of their ordeal.

Sydney Morning Herald, 3 June 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald's chief correspondent Paul McGeough told of being aboard one of the Gaza aid flotilla vessels and seeing shadows of the Israeli navy's Zodiac boats circling.

Breaking News: The Rachel Corrie MV Continues to Sail Towards Gaza in Defiance of Israeli Threats

Following Israel's criminal raid in international waters on May 31st, the Rachel Corrie MV continues to sail towards the Gaza coastline in defiance of Israeli threats.

In an act of tremendous courage, the Rachel Corrie MV is determined to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

At noon today, I received the following message from Christopher Chang and Ram Kardigasu, on behalf of the Malaysian and Irish peace activists, who are on board the Rachel Corrie:

Robert Fisk: Western leaders are too cowardly to help save lives

Has Israel lost it? Can the Gaza War of 2008-09 (1,300 dead) and the Lebanon War of 2006 (1,006 dead) and all the other wars and now yesterday's killings mean that the world will no longer accept Israel's rule?

Robert Fisk, The Independent, 1 June 2010

Don't hold your breath.

Gaza flotilla drives Israel into a sea of stupidity

Of course the peace flotilla will not bring peace, and it won't even manage to reach the Gaza shore. The action plan has included dragging the ships to Ashdod port, but it has again dragged us to the shores of stupidity and wrongdoing.

Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 30 March 2010

"Treat Our Passengers and Cargo with Respect" - Mark Dearey, Irish Senator

(Dublin, May 21, 2010) The Free Gaza Movement welcomes statements by the Irish Government to ensure the safety of the passengers and cargo currently making their way to the besieged Gaza Strip.

His Excellency Mr. Breifne O’Reilly, Irish ambassador in Tel Aviv, traveled to the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem this week “to ensure a peaceful outcome which will enable the safe delivery of these humanitarian supplies”.

The sadistic logic behind Israel’s siege of Gaza

The Israeli human rights group, Gisha, has taken the Israeli government to court in an effort to force Israel to reveal information on the import controls through which Gaza is being held under siege.

Paul Woodward, War in Context, 3 May 2010

Gaza civil society to UN chief: siege more than "unacceptable"

The following edited open letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was issued on 21 March 2010:

Your Excellency:


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