May 29 2010
They already are among the most well-fed people on earth. Gaza ranks #3 for women and #8 for men with the world’s highest obesity rates.
Israel is preparing to detain and deport hundreds of foreign activists who are making their way to Gaza by boat in a challenge to Israel’s closure of the area. Israeli officials said Thursday that they hope to avoid the use of force, but are prepared to bring the activists to jail if necessary.
While Gaza Arabs are free to sail the water off Gaza’s coast, the Israeli navy holds control between Gaza and international waters. Supported by legal precedents of permitted actions against a hostile government, it has prohibited ships from entering Gaza or leaving as part of the closure imposed following the Hamas takeover of the area, in order to prevent arms shipments. Food and other humanitarian supplies are allowed into Gaza via the Negev.
While the flotilla organizers present themselves as human rights advocates whose sole goal is to assist the people of Gaza, a report by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reveals the groups cooperation with radical human rights violators. Senior Islamic extremists, among them Mahmad Tzoalha and Sahar Albirawi, both top Hamas terrorists who today operate in Great Britain, and Hamam Said, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, attended the launching ceremony in Istanbul of a boat participating in the flotilla.
The rally was also attended by Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel,,
who admitted in an Israeli Court to conferring with foreign agents. His anti-Semitic speeches are based on blood libels: “We are not the ones who eat a meal based on bread and cheese in children’s blood,” he once said. He called the Jews “butchers of pregnant women and babies… Thieves, you are the bacteria of all times… The Creator meant for you to be monkeys and losers… Victory is with the Muslims, from the Nile to the Euphrates.”
Activists say they are bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza. However, government spokesman Mark Regev said the flotilla is actually “a cheap political stunt.” If the activists were truly interested in the welfare of Gaza Arabs, they would have transferred aid via the land crossings, “along with the other 15 thousand tons sent every week,” he said. ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS
What’s REALLY behind this so-called ‘humanitatian’ flotilla to Gaza.
H/T Chilly Manily