- Category: and Musings
- Published: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 16:30
- Written by J.R. Hall
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On May 27, 2011 a group of 6 ships carrying 10,000 tons of alleged humanitarian aid was dispatched by Turkey to run Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. The blockade was put in place since the militant group Hamas seized control in June 2007. Israel wants to weaken Hamas, end rocket attacks from Gaza, and ensure national security for the innocent civilians living within its borders.
In response to this flotilla, and utilizing civilized diplomacy, the Israeli government contacted each of the ships captains and the non-governmental organizations supporting the flotilla as well as the Turkish Government which appears to be the primary organizer of the mission. Israel offered to allow the shipments to be offloaded in Ashdod, to be inspected for contraband weapons and equipment. The Legitimate aide supplies would then be transported into Gaza under the supervision of the sponsoring Aid Organizations.
The requests were ignored, and the flotilla continued steaming towards Gaza, despite the warnings that Israel would not permit it. When the flotilla was 80 miles off the coast, they were ordered to follow the Israeli navy escort into Ashdod, or be boarded.
When they refused, the Israeli navy boarded the first 5 ships without incident.