Jun 10 2010
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: