Jun 10 2010

No Humanitarian Aid on Mavi Marmara

The story about the “peace flotilla” to Gaza and the Mavi Marmara just keeps getting better and better. The activists apparently collected all of their thrift store pants and expired pills from their medicine cabinets and threw them into a pile. From the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Of the seven flotilla ships, only four were freight ships. The Challenger 1 (small yacht), the Sfendonh (small passenger boat) and the Mavi Marmara (passenger ship) did not carry any humanitarian aid, except for the passengers’ personal belongings. Of the four freight ships – Gaza, Sofia, Defeny and Rachel Corrie – as of June 7, SIBAT had only offloaded equipment from the Defeny…

It should be noted that:

1. The equipment does not constitute humanitarian aid in the accepted sense (basic foodstuffs, new and functional equipment, fresh medicines).

2. The equipment awaiting entry into the Gaza Strip, both at the Kerem Shalom crossing and the Defense Ministry base, has been approved by COGAT.

3. The humanitarian aid on all the ships was scattered in the ships’ holds and thrown onto piles and not packed properly for transport. The equipment was not packaged and not properly placed on wooden bases.

4. Because of the improper packing, some of the equipment was crushed by the weight in transit.

5. The medicines and sensitive equipment (operating theater equipment, new clothing, etc.) are being kept in cool storage at the Defense Ministry base. Some of the medicines have already expired, and some will expire soon. The operating theater equipment, which should be kept sterile, was carelessly wrapped.

6. A large part of the equipment, particularly shoes and clothing, was used and worn

7. The construction material must be approved by COGAT and the political echelons before it can be transferred to the Gaza Strip.

It was all a hoax. And the world fell for it.

H/T to Covenant Zone

Now, a little bit of time to savor this news until the flood of comments comes accusing Israel of bald-faced lies and propaganda — like this video footage of Mavi Marmara passengers preparing weaponry:

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6 responses so far

6 Responses to “No Humanitarian Aid on Mavi Marmara”

  1. Roy Eappenon 10 Jun 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Not at all surprising. This was a jihadi flotilla.

  2. real conservativeon 10 Jun 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Wow you are banging this drum as hard as possible. A flotilla suggests assorted ships, I don’t think that passenger craft are best for carrying supplies. Regarding what was on the ships, still not major find of weapons which was supposed to be the justification for the seige in the first place? Lastly, the quality of goods depends on who is giving them, but if you don’t have much anything is better than nothing. The only valid point you made is that some of the material was harmed due to poor packing practices but what does that have to do with anything really?

  3. Enkiduon 10 Jun 2010 at 4:39 pm

    ‘Real conservative’, this exercise was not supposed to bring weapons in, it was supposed to be stopped by the IDF, and the jihadis were supposed to be ‘abused’ by the IDF, and the resulting ‘outrage’ was supposed to help end the Israeli blockade. THEN the ships full of weapons would come.

    The facts that there was hardly any ‘aid’ and most of that was crap and poorly packed indicates that the jihadis were not really concerned at all about bringing humanitarian aid to Palestine, that they had some other agenda.

  4. Anne in sw ONon 10 Jun 2010 at 6:33 pm

    “real conservative”:

    What was the purpose of including a passenger ship with 700 aboard in a flotilla that was supposedly carrying humanitarian aid? Surely it wouldn’t have taken 700 people to unload the paltry amount of material they were transporting, now would it? Why were so many passengers heading to a severely “impoverished” area? Have you been drinking the media ‘kool-aid’ and your thought processes have disintegrated?

  5. Michael Levineon 10 Jun 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Sorry to upset the author.
    You’re completely wrong. I was involved with loading logistics and inspections.
    You are not helping Israel by making us all look ridiculous with silly stories like this.

  6. meggieon 11 Jun 2010 at 6:56 am

    This was just one big provocation splurge, using those folks who really beleive Gazans are as hungry as those in Dafur and Niger. THEY ARE NOT and again folks are being hood winked.

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