Related: Israel Attacks Palestinian Dignity
"Israeli Navy attacks and wounds Dignity in International Waters
On Tuesday, December 30, at 5 a.m., several Israeli gunboats intercepted the Dignity as she was heading on a mission of mercy to Gaza. One gunboat rammed into the boat on the port bow side, heavily damaging her. The reports from the passengers and journalists on board is that she is taking on water and appears to have engine problems. When attacked, the Dignity was clearly in international waters, 90 miles off the coast of Gaza.
The gunboats also fired their machine guns into the water in an attempt to stop the mercy ship from getting to Gaza.
As the boat limps toward Lebanon, passengers have been in contact with the Lebanese government who have said the captain has permission to dock and are willing lend assistance if needed. Cyprus sea rescue has also been in touch, and has offered assistance as well. The Dignity clearly flies the flag of Gibraltar, is piloted by an English captain and has a passenger manifest that includes Representative Cynthia McKinney from the U.S. The attack was filmed by the journalists, and the crew and passengers will report on Israel's crime at sea once they arrive in Lebanon....
Shades of the Lusitania!
Only this time, there was no ammo on board!
With a US Congresswoman aboard Dignity, it will be interesting to see how the whores in Washington (and Kailua) spin this as anything but a serious breach of international and diplomatic protocols by Israel. If the US Government fails to respond, it will signal to the world that Israel does indeed have a stranglehold on the government of the United States.
Look at it this way. If a Navy vessel belonging to an Arab nation intentionally attacked a mercy ship carrying a US Congresswoman, how would the US media and government react?
Please repost this story everywhere you can!
UPDATE: Israel's official comment, being parroted all over the US Corporate media as I type this, is that Dignity rammed the Israeli gunboat! Of course, this lie will not survive when the photos and videos taken by the journalists on board Dignity reach shore, but that is the claim Israel is making; that tiny little Dignity chased down and rammed a warship!
UPDATE 2: Aware that video of the ramming will soon reach the internet Israel has now changed its story and is now saying that they did not know it was an aid ship when they rammed it.
This is, of course, the same lame excuse Israel made following their attack on the USS Liberty
Maybe the world needs to take away Israel's weapons until they can learn to choose their targets more carefully.