Israeli forces seized control of a cargo ship, the Rachel Corrie, which was attempting to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza to deliver what activists maintained was relief supplies. In contrast with an earlier incident with a Turkish vessel, the Rachel Corrie was seized without violence.
The Rachel Corrie is named after an American pro Palestinian activist who was killed when she positioned herself in front of an Israeli bulldozer that was about to demolish the home of a Palestinian terrorist The driver of the bulldozer could not see the young woman and therefore accidently ran over her, killing her.
The Rachel Corrie will be taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod where it will be searched and its aid cargo shipped overland to Gaza. The passengers and crew will be allowed to fly home to their various native countries.
The Rachel Corrie boarding is the latest in a series of incidents in which cargo vessels have attempted to run the Israeli blockade of Gaza. While the organizations which are outfitting these vessels maintain they simply want to ship humanitarian supplies to Gaza, Israeli authorities point out that they have the option to unload at Ashdod and have the supplies shipped from there to Gaza.
The point of the exercise seems to be to break the blockade rather than to help residents of Gaza who, in any case, have ready access to goods like food and medical supplies. Israel maintains the blockade to make sure that weapons are not shipped to the Hamas government in Gaza that can be used to attack Israeli territory. The Hamas regime had bombarded Israel in the past with rocket barrages and have attempted to send suicide bombers across the border, This in turn has elicited violent Israeli responses, including a recent military campaign inside Gaza to eradicate rocket launchers and disrupt Hamas military operations.
These facts seem to have fallen upon deaf ears of the people trying to break the blockade of Gaza. Thus, it is fair to call their true motives into question. Are they really all that concerned with helping the people of Gaza? Or are they really concerned with helping the Hamas regime acquire weapons, including rockets, with which it can bombard Israeli cities and threaten Israeli citizens with maiming and death?
It can be noted that, in contrast with the earlier incident with the Turkish cargo ship, the passengers and crew of the Rachel Corrie offered no resistance to the Israeli boarding party. Thus no one was injured or killed and whatever point the people onboard the Rachel Corrie wanted to make was made.
Source:Israeli forces board Gaza aid ship the Rachel Corrie, UK Telegraph, June 5th, 2010