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new video of the Flotilla people going to Gaza attacking the IDF with weapons

Posted by avideditor on June 2, 2010

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6 Responses to “new video of the Flotilla people going to Gaza attacking the IDF with weapons”

  1. This stuff is insane. Video is your friend though and you guys should spend the money and make sure EVERY soldier has a helmet cam and mic when dealing with these propagandists.

  2. farfor said

    Israel is implying a siege on more than 1.5 million human beings in Gaza for three years now, and when ships decide to get aids for those people, they attack them in INTERNATIONAL waters.

    • Ever since Israel left Gaza they’ve been subjected to THOUSANDS of rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza – often targeting schools. And this happens because they smuggle in weapons from Iran – recently Israel discovered huge numbers of smuggled weapons in another ship.

      Those ships had NOTHING to do with aid, and the organizers flat-out SAID it had nothing to do about aid – they wanted to break the blockade. Otherwise they could’ve just let the shipments go through the proper channels and searches.

    • avideditor said

      huh did you watch the video above. Those videos are jihadi propaganda. Not only do the spin but they lie too. Do you really believe the jihadist? Check out these pics http://avideditor.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/the-poor-starving-people-of-gaza-sarc-photo-collage/ Honestly why are you spreading jihadi lies? Are you pro Hamas or something? Want them to fire more rockets of Israeli Civilians? Come on.

    • elyakatz said

      BS”D

      Before you go around making unsubstantiated claims, you might want to consult the relevant laws.

      According to international maritime law, any private vessel is subject to being boarded, as long as the proper protocol is followed by the boarding party. According to that same body of law, Israel followed the proper protocol, and under the circumstances, boarding this vessel was justified. Since Israel and Hamas are in a state of war, Israel’s naval blockade is legal — according to international maritime law.

      As much humanitarian aid as can be sent into Gaza on a daily basis makes it through…after inspection. Israel offered to accompany the flotilla to the port in Ashdod. The flotilla commanders refused the offer.

      It is a fact, based on evidence provided by the organizers of the flotilla, before during and after its capture by Israeli commandos, that the flotilla was guilty of an act of war — according to international maritime law. The flotilla organizers initiated this act of war, and they lost. Belligerent Muslims/Arabs are not known for being good losers.

      After the flotilla organizers initiated their acts of war, and then losing said war…to go crying to the world about their loss is very unsportsmanlike, don’t you think?

      To whit:

      San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea, of 12 June 1994.

      Blockades

      Under the San Remo Manual blockades are a legitimate tool in armed conflicts. Of particular relevance here, paragraph 98 states that merchant vessels that attempt to run a blockade can be not just boarded but actually attacked, ie fired upon:

      98. Merchant vessels believed on reasonable grounds to be breaching a blockade may be captured. Merchant vessels which, after prior warning, clearly resist capture may be attacked.

      Though within its rights to attack the vessels, Israel did not do so. Instead it put its own soldiers at risk in trying to board and take control of the ships. Here is the relevant portion of the full section on blockades:

      SECTION II : METHODS OF WARFARE

      Blockade

      93. A blockade shall be declared and notified to all belligerents and neutral States.

      94. The declaration shall specify the commencement, duration, location, and extent of the blockade and the period within which vessels of neutral States may leave the blockaded coastline.

      95. A blockade must be effective. The question whether a blockade is effective is a question of fact.

      96. The force maintaining the blockade may be stationed at a distance determined by military requirements.

      97. A blockade may be enforced and maintained by a combination of legitimate methods and means of warfare provided this combination does not result in acts inconsistent with the rules set out in this document.

      98. Merchant vessels believed on reasonable grounds to be breaching a blockade may be captured. Merchant vessels which, after prior warning, clearly resist capture may be attacked.

      99. A blockade must not bar access to the ports and coasts of neutral States.

      100. A blockade must be applied impartially to the vessels of all States.

      101. The cessation, temporary lifting, re-establishment, extension or other alteration of a blockade must be declared and notified as in paragraphs 93 and 94.

      102. The declaration or establishment of a blockade is prohibited if:

      (a) it has the sole purpose of starving the civilian population or denying it other objects essential for its survival; or

      (b) the damage to the civilian population is, or may be expected to be, excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated from the blockade.

      103. If the civilian population of the blockaded territory is inadequately provided with food and other objects essential for its survival, the blockading party must provide for free passage of such foodstuffs and other essential supplies, subject to:

      (a) the right to prescribe the technical arrangements, including search, under which such passage is permitted; and

      (b) the condition that the distribution of such supplies shall be made under the local supervision of a Protecting Power or a humanitarian organization which offers guarantees of impartiality, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross.

      104. The blockading belligerent shall allow the passage of medical supplies for the civilian population or for the wounded and sick members of armed forces, subject to the right to prescribe technical arrangements, including search, under which such passage is permitted.

      In addition, under Section IV, paragraph 60 (e) enemy merchant vessels become a legitimate military target after
      refusing an order to stop or actively resisting visit, search or capture;

      This is exactly what the Gaza-bound vessels did, thereby rendering themselves military targets. If one argues that they were not enemy vessels since they were not flying the Hamas flag, they would still be covered under the sections of San Remo regarding neutral vessels:

      SECTION V : NEUTRAL MERCHANT VESSELS AND CIVIL AIRCRAFT

      Neutral merchant vessels

      67. Merchant vessels flying the flag of neutral States may not be attacked unless they:

      (a) are believed on reasonable grounds to be carrying contraband or breaching a blockade, and after prior warning they intentionally and clearly refuse to stop, or intentionally and clearly resist visit, search or capture;

      (b) engage in belligerent acts on behalf of the enemy;

      There is therefore no doubt that Israel was well within its rights to establish and enforce the blockade, including boarding and taking over the Gaza-bound ships. Israel would even be within its rights to attack such ships if they refuse orders to change course away from Gaza.

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