Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
Oliver Callan: Back in his box
Elaine Byrne: Lacking moral courage to name names Anthony
Real democracies and referendums Anthony
Public Services Card: Some still forced to comply Anthony
Catholic Church: Dark influence still active Anthony
Public Inquiry >>
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Moveable Feast Cafe 2020/05/28 ? Open Thread Thu May 28, 2020 08:30 | Herb Swanson
2020/05/28 07:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of
Notification to Patreon Supporters and Subscribers Thu May 28, 2020 02:45 | amarynth
Patreon has started a system of charging sales tax according to jurisdiction. So, if you are a subscriber from say Germany, they will charge VAT according to the German tax
Did Trump just cancel a potential double-war? Thu May 28, 2020 00:58 | The Saker
[this analysis was written for the Unz Review] At this time of writing, it is too early to declare the danger over, but at least three out of five Iranian
Russian Warplanes In Libya Wed May 27, 2020 23:15 | amarynth
South Front The US has finally discovered whom to blame for the ongoing escalation of the conflict in Libya. On May 26, the US African Command (AFRICOM) claimed that Russia
Breaking: Angry Venezuela ambassador slams US Iran threat Wed May 27, 2020 20:50 | The Saker
The Saker >>
A Blog About Human Rights
Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights
Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights
US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights
UN Human Rights Council Should Address Human Rights Crisis in Cambodia Sat Aug 31, 2019 13:41 | Human Rights
Fijian women still face Human Rights violations Mon Aug 26, 2019 18:49 | Human Rights
Human Rights in Ireland >>
"A flaky website that purports to be ?leftist,? The Cedar Lounge Revolution, occasionally makes a relevant point or two."
Gardener?s Corner ? Pandemic update 12:00 Thu May 28, 2020 | WorldbyStorm
Lock-down was ?never about stopping people getting sick?? Not sure that?s correct. 11:31 Thu May 28, 2020 | WorldbyStorm
Air travel, ?perfect safety? and political leadership during the pandemic? 11:02 Thu May 28, 2020 | WorldbyStorm
?Changed economic circumstances?? 08:03 Thu May 28, 2020 | WorldbyStorm
Sore losers 13:09 Wed May 27, 2020 | WorldbyStorm
Cedar Lounge >>
Israeli warships harass Gaza Flotilla in International Waters
rights, freedoms and repression |
Sunday May 30, 2010 23:18 by Freda H & Kev - IPSC
In the last hour two of the boats in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla (the Turkish IHH ship and Free Gaza's Challenger 2) have been approached and contacted by Israeli Navy ships in international waters, 80 miles off the coast of Gaza. Reports from passengers say that three Israeli war ships are currently approaching the Freedom Flotilla, which is carrying supplies and humanitarian aid to the beleaguered coastal strip.
Live streaming from the IHH boat
The flotilla has approximately 800 passengers on board its 8 ships, including a number of Irish people.
Fears of a night-time attack have now become a reality, and earlier today unmanned drones were seen in the sky above the flotilla. Israeli radio broadcast a recording of one of the warships that warned the flotilla not to approach Gaza, continuing, "if you ignore this order and enter the blockaded area, the Israeli navy will be forced to take all the necessary measures in order to enforce this blockade." Satellite transmissions from the flotilla have been repeatedly jammed by the Israeli Navy today.
If Israel attacks and hijacks the flotilla in international waters it will be in clear breach of international law.
Israel has vowed to divert the ships to the Israeli port Ashdod - by force if necessary - where all Israeli participants will be arrested, Palestinians will be questioned by Israeli secret police and internationals will be deported or held in a detention centre if they contest deportation.
Dr. Fintan Lane from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) speaking from the Challenger 2 ship said, "Tension is mounting amongst the passengers. Everyone is wearing their life jackets and preparing for an Israeli attack. We hope that Israel will not break international law by attacking or hijacking our flotilla in international waters."
Dr. Lane continued, "We are determined to break Israel's blockade and will not be intimidated. The people of Gaza have a right to access to the outside world and the right to determine their own future. Ours is a humanitarian mission and one of solidarity with the people of Gaza who have suffered collective punishment from the Israeli apartheid state. We are appealing to the international community to act now to guarantee us safe passage to Gaza."
Meanwhile in Ireland, the IPSC is organising a demonstration in solidarity with the Flotilla, tomorrow Monday 31st May at 6pm at the Spire on O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. Speakers at the event will be Aengus O Snodaigh TD and Chris Andrews TD, both of whom were refused access to the flotilla by the Cypriot authorities after coming under severe pressure from Israel. The IPSC is calling on Irish people to show their support for this important mission by coming out on the streets tomorrow.
Live streaming from the Turkish IHH ship: http://www.ihh.org.tr/canliyayin/en (mostly in Turkish, but with occasional English)
Palestinians in Gaza await the flotilla's arrival