Saturday, May 28, 2011

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'Aid Ship' Refuses to Let Israel Deliver Goods
Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/5/11 | Maayana Miskin
Posted on May 28, 2011 3:22:49 PM AKDT by Eleutheria5

A group of self-proclaimed peace activists bringing dual-purpose materials to Gaza have refused to deliver the goods – preferring that they remain at sea rather than be transported through Israel.

The activists are aboard a ship carrying 4.6 miles of sewage pipes. Materials such as pipes have been allowed into Gaza only under international supervision in recent years, as Hamas and other terrorist groups often use the pipes in manufacturing short-range rockets to fire on Israeli civilians (pictured right).

However, under an agreement reached with the help of the Egyptian and Malaysian governments, the goods could be delivered to Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Israel.

Activists, who have claimed that the pipes are “a vital humanitarian necessity,” have refused the offer, admitting that their goal is not to provide aid, but to defy the IDF naval blockade on Hamas. Delivering the aid through a second party would be “against the principle of the team's mission, which is to break the illegal Israeli siege of Gaza,” they said in a statement released Thursday.

They have dubbed their project the Spirit of Rachel Corrie Mission, after a United States activist who died while attempting to stop an IDF bulldozer as it destroyed weapons smuggling tunnels in Gaza.

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