Good morning, Netizens…
It comes as little surprise to anyone, but the 1200 ton Irish cargo ship Rachel Corrie, carrying relief supplies to Gaza, was boarded this morning in International waters by Israeli armed forces with no loss of life or injuries. Depending upon where you read the story, the ship was either under tow, being escorted or otherwise being taken to Israel’s Ashdod port city.
In this picture, Derek Graham uses a bottle of Palestinian olive oil to officially name the cargo ship the MV Rachel Corrie, named after a after a human rights activist killed by the Israeli military, before it departed from Dundalk , for the Middle East with a cargo of cement and supplies for Gaza
This takeover this morning stands in marked contrast to the violent confrontation at sea earlier this week when Israeli commandos blocked a Turkish aid vessel trying to break the blockade. At the time, Israeli commandos rappelled from helicopters and a clash with passengers left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead.
Although the ship is currently incommunicado since being boarded by Israeli forces, according to one source cited by AP no one was injured during the boarding at sea.