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British Ship Is ‘Hijacked’ Off Coast of Gaza

The British Morning Star contradicts the IDF’s version of the event…

Israel commandos ‘peacefully’ board Jewish Gaza-bound aid boat
IDF says commandos peacefully intercepted the ‘Irene’, the latest vessel to try to breach an on the Palestinian territory in the wake of Israel’s deadly flotilla raid in May.

Huh…? But, but, Don’t Tase me, Bro…!

"After they boarded, I was standing with my hands around Reuven Moskowitz, the 82-year-old holocaust survivor," he [Yonatan Shapira] told BBC News. "We were trying to protect each other and singing: ‘We shall overcome.’

"The Israeli navy captain came closer and pulled out his Taser gun and said: ‘If you don’t let go… it will hurt.’

"We continued to hug and he shot me twice on my right shoulder. It was painful, but not as bad as the third shot.

"He moved the life vest I had on, so he could reach closer to my heart and shot me, which made me lose control of my body. It felt like an epileptic attack or something.

"At that point I couldn’t hold anything and they grabbed me brutally to the boat."

From the Morning Star report…

Israeli armed forces shot people with taser guns while "hijacking" a British yacht in international waters as it made its way towards Gaza, a Briton on board revealed on Wednesday. […]

…Mr Vishvanath said that they had been surrounded by about eight Israeli boats and a number of helicopter gunships.

Armed Israeli forces then boarded Irene and tasered one of the former Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) member on board Irene who, along with another ex-IDF members, was putting up a struggle and repeatedly read out a statement telling the naval forces that "the occupation is illegal," Mr Vishvanath said. […]

Mr Vishvanath, who was the only non-Jew on board Irene, added that the soldiers "almost strip-searched" the crew, disabled the yacht’s entire communications system and confiscated his camera gear.

Haaretz, to it’s credit, followed up on the IDF’s spin…

Jewish Gaza-bound activists: IDF used excessive force in naval raid
Activists aboard Gaza-bound ship ‘Irene’ counter IDF version that the vessel was taken over in a peaceful manner.

…Israeli activist and former Israel Air Force pilot Yonatan Shapira saying that there were "no words to describe what we went through during the takeover."

Shapira said the activists, who he said displayed no violence, were met with extreme IDF brutality, adding that the soldiers "just jumped us, and hit us. I was hit with a taser gun."

"Some of the soldiers treated us atrociously," Shapira said, adding that he felt there was a "huge gap between what the IDF spokesman is saying happened and what really happened." […]

Eli Usharov, a reporter for Israel’s Channel 10 affirmed Shapira’s version of the events, telling Haaretz that the takeover was executed with unnecessary brutality.

"They used a taser gun against Yonatan. He screamed and was dragged to the military boat," Usharov said, adding that both Yonatan and his brother Itamar were handcuffed.

Certainly sounds peaceful to me…! *gah*

I truly admire Yonatan Shipira’s courage and his convictions…

From that same Haaretz article…

The former IAF pilot said he and his fellow activists were "proud of the mission," saying it was organized "for the sake of a statement – that the siege on Gaza is a crime, that it’s immoral, un-Jewish, and we have a moral obligation to speak out. Anyone who stays silent as this crime is being committed is an accessory to a crime."

I truly salute you for your efforts, Sir…! *g*

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