Flotilla ships damaged

You’ve got to love this:

Organizers of a flotilla seeking to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip said Thursday that another of their boats had been damaged in port, and accused Israel of sabotage.

It was the second boat reported damaged in recent days, setting back plans by the pro-Palestinian activists to sail this week.

Fintan Lane, coordinator of a boat that was to carry Irish activists, said the propeller shaft of the vessel had been damaged when it was at a marina in Gocek, on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. He said a gash in the shaft appeared to have been caused by cutting equipment or a small explosive charge.

“There’s no way this could have happened accidentally,” Lane said by telephone from Turkey. “I think Israel was behind it. No one else has an interest in sabotaging our boat.”

Lane said the vessel was “out of commission for the flotilla” and that most of its passengers would return to Ireland, while six would join another boat.

He said the damaged shaft had bent during a test run Monday, and could have penetrated the hull of the boat at sea, sinking the vessel.

“This was not an attempt to stop our boat leaving its berth. For that, they would have disabled the propeller,” Lane said. “This was delayed sabotage that would have sunk the evidence with us.”

On Monday, organizers said that another boat slated to carry Greek, Swedish and Norwegian activists had its propeller shaft cut while in port in Greece, but that it could be repaired in a few days.

An Israeli army spokeswoman had no comment on the reports.

Mark Regev, a spokesman for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, stopped short of denying the accusations of Israeli involvement. “There are those who routinely blame Israel for every calamity, and of course they’re not always right,” he said. The flotilla organizers, he added, “are clearly not an objective source of information.”

Hats off to the Israelis if indeed they are responsible… here’s hoping for more of the same before the flotilla gets under way.

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  • Jim m

    Actually there it’s considerable interest on the part of the left wing goons to sabotage their own ship. That way they can blame the Israelis and have an incident that brings them more publicity and because it happened in a test it endangered no one. If their side hadn’t already demonstrated a proclivity for falsifying news I wouldn’t think this way but they have so I do.

  • DJ Drummond

    Sorry, that was me. I saw that boat and was thinking about making an offer to buy it, but I decided first to give it a ‘stress test’ …

    tsk tsk …

    Didn’t pass …

  • WildWillie

    Come on. Is Mossad wanted to disable that ship, it would be gone. Israel doesn’t fear this floatilla. Come on. No wonder the left is seen as paranoid victims. They are the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. ww

  • cirby

    I love the bit about a propeller shaft being damaged by “cutting equipment or a small explosive charge.” Either of which would have been easily seen from the shore, or which would have made a LOT of noise.

    On the other hand, a second-rate ship captain might have hit something in the water, and is trying to get some dim NGO to cough up some dough to pay for it. The bit about “well, they cut it so it might have punch a hole in the ship to cause it to sink” is pretty laughable – that’s Hollywood-style sabotage.

    The whole concept of “cutting a propeller shaft to stop a ship” is completely nuts – it’s not like these things are easy to damage in the first place – there are a lot of other things on a ship you could pick to stop or sink it that are easier to do.

    For example, why not the propeller shaft seal, where it enters the ship? Easy to damage, causes flooding, happens much more often than a cut or bent prop shaft…

  • GarandFan

    Agree with cirby. Lane is an idiot. There’s no such thing as a ‘small explosive charge’ underwater. If it was enough of a charge to bend the shaft, it was enough of a charge to lift that ship’s ass out of the water. As for ‘cutting’, there would have been one hell of a lot of bubbles coming up from under that ship while the ‘cutting’ was going on.

  • Jim Addison

    With the history of these terrorists and their sympathizers, Israel should just let them bring it on. When they get into territorial waters, give them one warning to turn back. If they don’t, sink it.

    Then see how many of the bastards sign up for the next cruise.

  • docjim505

    I suggest that Netanyahu give a speech like President Kennedy gave regarding the naval quarantine of Cuba in 1962. Let the libtards argue with that:

    Acting, therefore, in the defense of our own security and of the entire Western Hemisphere Middle East, and under the authority entrusted to me by the Constitution as endorsed by the Resolution of the Congress Knesset, I have directed that the following initial steps be taken immediately:

    First: To halt this offensive buildup a strict quarantine on all offensive military equipment under shipment to Cuba Gaza is being initiated. All ships of any kind bound for Cuba Gaza from whatever nation or port will, if found to contain cargoes of offensive weapons, be turned back. This quarantine will be extended, if needed, to other types of cargo and carriers. We are not at this time, however, denying the necessities of life as the Soviets attempted to do in their Berlin blockade of 1948.

    Second: I have directed the continued and increased close surveillance of Cuba Gaza and its military buildup… Should these offensive military preparations continue, thus increasing the threat to the Western Hemisphere Middle East, further action will be justified. I have directed the Armed Forces to prepare for any eventualities; and I trust that in the interest of both the Cuba Palestinian people and the Soviet technicians at the sites people manning the ships of the so-called Peace Flotilla, the hazards to all concerned of continuing this threat will be recognized.

    Third: It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile or rocket launched from Cuba Gaza against any nation in the Middle East as an attack by the Soviet Union Palestinian government on the United States Israel, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union Palestinian territories.

  • GarandFan

    The IDF should just tell these idiots, “First we’re going to sink all your ships. Next, we’re going to chum the water. Then we’re gonna leave. Oh, and have a nice day!”

  • Sep14

    I blame the Koch’s..

  • cirby

    I just saw a photo of the propeller shaft on the second “sabotaged” boat. It’s three inches in diameter, and snapped in two places. There’s no sign of cutting in the photo, but it is certainly bent and broken. You can see the stress fractures clearly in the photo.

    What it really looks like is a very old boat with lots of corrosion on all of the metal fittings, and the shaft finally snapped after years of abuse and neglect (and a long, multi-day transit from its home port). The bearings probably seized when they were pulling up to the dock and slammed it into reverse to keep from hitting something.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/second-gaza-flotilla-boat-reported-damaged/2011/06/30/AGpmn1rH_story.html

    Anything that would have done that sort of damage would have been noticeable to anyone anywhere NEAR that boat.

  • macofroomoc

    I blame the Koch’s..

    or climate change

  • Son Of The Godfather

    “He said a gash in the shaft…”

    He might wanna get that checked out.

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