Rockland rally to support Israel after flotilla incident
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#1 Jun 6, 2010
Last week, violence ensued between Israeli navy ships, and a fleet of Turkish ships that tried to enter Israeli waters and enter a closed Gaza seaport. The fleet of ships was said have been carrying activists and humanitarian aid that was to be delivered to the citizens of Gaza . The Israeli navy requested that the ships enter an Israeli port in Ashdod so that the humanitarian supplies could be inspected for missiles and other military supplies that could be used against Israel in the hands of Hamas terrorists, and then be delivered to Gaza through land border-crossings. However, the fleet of ships ignored this request and as a result, the Israeli navy and air forces were forced to board the ships to divert them to the Ashdod port. With five of the ships this happened peacefully and without any resistance. When the Israeli soldiers boarded the "Mavi Marmara", with only paintball guns and small pistols just in case of emergency, the passengers on board began attacking them with live fire, knives and metal rods. At one point, one of the soldiers was thrown overboard and his gun was used against other Israeli soldiers. At this point,(40 minuets in to the operation) the Israeli troops were forced to respond with live fire in self-defense. In the process, nine activists on the ship where killed, and several injured from both sides, including members of the Israeli defense forces.
While we are saddened by any loss of life, it's important to understand that the Israeli soldiers acted in self-defense. If the goal of the activists on the ships was to aid the people of Gaza , they would have followed Israeli instruction, and peacefully delivered their aid supplies trough the Israeli boarders. The "Mavi Marmara" was clearly prepared to act in violence only with the goal of depleting support for Israel in the international media. Israel just like any other nation in the world has the right, and the responsibility to defend its citizens, and this is what Israel does by blockading ports in Gaza. If Israel did not blockade these ports, weaponry could be transfered to Hamas, and used against Israeli citizens just as though Hamas has done since it took over Gaza. Thousands of rockets have been launched by Hamas in to southern Israel over the past number of years, as Hamas attempts to achieve its main and only goal - to destroy the state of Israel through violence and terror. Israel WILL NOT stand idle as it's citizens are under attack. Israel will defend herself when she needs. While Israel never wants to use force, it will always use force to defend her citizens against terror. No one can deny that right to any country faced with comparable threats, or any country at all.
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