Mystery solved: flotilla cargo contents revealed!

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Israeli officials showing press the Freedom Flotilla cargo. (Photos: Aymen Mohyeldin)

Al Jazeera’s Aymen Mohyeldin attended a press conference today where Israeli officials showed journalists the contents of the flotilla’s cargo ship. Here are some of the shocking details:

A box of toys, featuring a Pikachu backpack.
Notebooks and textbooks

Any chance this stuff makes its way to Gaza?

42 Responses

  1. Chu
    June 1, 2010, 3:03 pm

    Everyone know that PikaChu can emit bursts of electical energy from his cheeks, which may be considered a threat to national security.

    • olive
      June 1, 2010, 4:07 pm

      Exactly, we must also remember that Pikachu can evolve into a more powerful form, Riachu. Raichu is capable of storing over 100,000 volts of electricity in its Islamo-facscist cheeks!! Holocaust! Anti-Semitism!Bagels!

      • demize
        June 2, 2010, 2:48 am

        Wow, Anti-Zionist Otaku. I wants a giant robot for justice.

  2. Shmuel
    June 1, 2010, 3:09 pm

    Where are the WMDs?

    • sherbrsi
      June 1, 2010, 3:14 pm

      Obviously you’re not looking hard enough.

      Those notebooks can cause some serious papercuts, and the jihadists will not doubt use them to cause much bloodshed.

      Israel has a right to self-defense!

    • Aref
      June 1, 2010, 4:06 pm

      Shmuel, can’t you figure it out? Those papers are disassembled airplanes, which can be loaded with missiles disguised as pencils and launched to cause serious destruction.

      • Shmuel
        June 1, 2010, 4:11 pm


        Undoubtedly propelled by cardamom and chocolate. I bow to your superiorly devious Arab mind. The Israelis must have some collaborators helping them out on this one.

    • zamaaz
      June 2, 2010, 9:46 am

      It is not a question of materials…
      It is a question of law… the legal compliance and respect of national integrity of an independent state….

  3. sherbrsi
    June 1, 2010, 3:11 pm

    Any chance this stuff makes its way to Gaza?

    The Israelis have a disgusting policy of “no prosperity, no development” on the blockade, so no.

    • VR
      June 1, 2010, 3:16 pm

      They will do what they have done in the past, give it to the settlers or auction it off.

      • demize
        June 2, 2010, 2:51 am

        And they top off the moral repugnancy by stealing the donated goods of kind people. Give them to settlers that would be almost surreal in its cruelty.

  4. Richard Parker
    June 1, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Notice what sheer bloody vandalism has been carried out on the cartons and palleted goods in these inspections.

    If there was any intention, at any time, to ship these goods through the ‘legal’ crossings from Ashdod to Gaza, then these ‘inspections’ have proven the lie.

    • Mikhael
      June 1, 2010, 7:26 pm

      Notice what sheer bloody vandalism has been carried out on the cartons and palleted goods in these inspections.

      Doesn’t look like anything was vandalized to me. The boxes were opened and inspected. This could have been avoided. Last year, they went through the same charade, the be macho, Israelis boarded last year’s flotilla, the “activists” made their little speeches about how the blockade is bad, the cargo was inspected and then it made its way to overland to Gaza. This year, the other ships went through this, but the Mavi Marmara had hotheads who decided to be macho and stab Israeli soldiers, and beat them with rods and they got themselves dead.

      • kapok
        June 1, 2010, 7:43 pm

        “little speeches”? sneer much? “hotheads decided to be macho”. Some would call it brave.

        I’ve never met you but I’m guessing you have a taste for policeman’s buttons.

      • Richard Parker
        June 1, 2010, 9:10 pm

        Doesn’t look like anything was vandalized to me. The boxes were opened and inspected.

        I have personal experience of shipping over 100 40ft containers to the Middle East, and many times have been present when the containers were unloaded. I asssure you that I know the difference between incidental damage and deliberate, arrogant vandalisation, which is what this is. What is very striking is that Israelis openly boast about it; you can see the before and after pictures right there.

        (before)….[Lie1] the cargo was inspected and then it made its way to overland to Gaza. This year, [Lie 2] the other ships went through this, but the Mavi Marmara [Lie 3] had hotheads who decided to be macho and [Lie 4] stab Israeli soldiers, and [Lie 5] beat them with rods and they got themselves dead.

  5. Shmuel
    June 1, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Medicine, wheelchairs, Pikachu backpack, school bag, notebooks – these are all dangerous “dual-use” items that can be used for terrorist attacks (I’m still working on the medicine, although I’m sure it can be bartered for scrap metal and pipes that can be used to make homemade rockets), and thus legitimate targets of defensive economic sanctions. No need to even get into what it says in those textbooks.


  6. potsherd
    June 1, 2010, 3:22 pm

    Some of the goods have been sent to the crossing, but Hamas refuses to accept them until the activists are freed.

    But the primary cargo, the construction materials, have been impounded, making a lie of Israeli assertions that the aid would be sent to Gaza if the activists would just be nice.

    • Shmuel
      June 1, 2010, 3:30 pm

      Even if the cargo is sent in toto, it would be the exception that proved the rule – an exercise in propaganda, to show that aid is allowed through, that the flotilla was unnecessary and that the Israeli offer to transfer the goods was sincere. Hamas’ not accepting them is understandable but, in a way, helps the Israelis “prove” that there is no desperation in Gaza and/or that Hamas are cruel oppressors who don’t give a damn about their own people.

      • VR
        June 1, 2010, 3:42 pm

        That is correct Shmuel, and far be it from the simian Zionist mentality to understand the principle of the value of human lives. That is, also the value of the support given by the activists above the material cargo – such is not in textbook of oppression. So, they would rather attack low and only understand the basics of unfair conclusions used to their advantage.

      • Shmuel
        June 1, 2010, 3:47 pm


        It is an irrational, narcissistic, paranoid, siege-mentality exercise in self-deception. Welcome to Israel. I got (another) glimpse of it up close yesterday when I (angry and just back from a protest march) tried to discuss the siege with a close relative, visiting with us.

      • sherbrsi
        June 1, 2010, 3:53 pm

        I don’t understand how anyone can defend this action, but the Zionists never cease to amaze in their ability to declare their moral bankruptcy.

        Israel had no choice over Gaza flotilla
        Flotilla activists had ample opportunity to defuse the situation before the IDF arrived – instead they decided on violence

        link to

      • Mooser
        June 1, 2010, 4:19 pm

        Oh my gosh Shmuel, you have a Zionist relative visiting you at this time? That must certainly be a trying situation.

      • Shmuel
        June 1, 2010, 4:22 pm

        Tell me about it. What’s more, said relative is interfering in our (my wife’s and mine) attempts to explain all of this to our sensitive 10-yr-old with cousins in the Israeli army.

      • VR
        June 1, 2010, 4:26 pm

        Shmuel, I am well aware of the makeup of the mentality and agree with you, I am just expressing how it is always (or most of the time) evidenced. One could pose all day what the underlying psychological factors are, but it does little for the victims involved. My uncle one time presented a case scenario for me (not that you need to hear this, but for general information in this post), about a man who gets shot and dies. The one who shot him could have been sleepwalking, but that does nothing for the one who was shot.

        The problem we have in the community is not that it is an isolated incidence, this framework of thinking, but that it is rife among the Israelis, is cultivated, and has unfortunately a lot of destructive power coupled with the thought processes. Since it is embedded in the community it is very difficult to route it, and in its wake there are numerous atrocities. I am convinced that it is a matter of choice, like Buber, but now it has taken on a life of its own and it causes me to despair.

      • demize
        June 2, 2010, 2:56 am

        Its the same mentality that leads protests at the Turkish Embassy. I mean what are they protesting, that the Turks didn’t have more bodies to absord their bullets? The victimhood thing is getting really tiresome.

      • potsherd
        June 1, 2010, 6:15 pm

        It is an understandable act of solidarity.

      • potsherd
        June 1, 2010, 6:18 pm

        A breaking bit: The Times reports that Israel is releasing and deporting ALL of the detained activists. This means they have decided it would be a bad idea to put them on trial. The truth might come out.

      • potsherd
        June 1, 2010, 6:30 pm

        Haaretz: link to

        In the face of mounting world criticism of Monday’s assault, Israeli officials said all 680 activists held would be released, including two dozen Israel had threatened earlier to prosecute charging they had assaulted its troops.

        Obviously, they realize that their cock-and-bull story wouldn’t stand the light of day,

  7. Richard Parker
    June 1, 2010, 3:38 pm

    People donating goods to charity don’t have much consideration, and usually prefer to give themselves good feelings instead of putting them in the trash. This is obvious from the photos, and may be why the Israeli officials are guffawing.

    – Take the carton of books; one comic shows a blonde, sexy girl; what are Hamas thought police to make of that? What is a child to make of a textbook in Turkish?

    – Wheelchairs – there do seem to be two wheelchairs (or at least 3 wheels). The rest seems to be modular elements of some ‘high-tech’ furniture, probably from the clear-out of some clinic. But in any case the Israelis have no right to reduce a palletised stack to a pile of disembodied elements., and scatter them about.

    This is sheer vicious and over-reacting behaviour by goons.

    • demize
      June 2, 2010, 3:03 am

      Richard, I’ve seen other photos of rows of those little scooters that disabled people use, among other Medical goods. So its not all Church basement type stuff

  8. Mooser
    June 1, 2010, 3:42 pm

    So Witty did take a powder, just when he was needed most. Typical of him.

    • Arabi
      June 1, 2010, 3:50 pm

      I’ll bet you that Yonira probably has the Pikachu

    • Chaos4700
      June 2, 2010, 2:18 am

      Pretty much all of the Zionists have fled. Apparently, it’s hard to rub your hands in glee when they’re covered in innocent blood.

  9. eGuard
    June 1, 2010, 3:50 pm

    Boxes teared open? Wheelchair trashed around? Stack of racks thrown over? Regular Ben-Gurion #4 check.

  10. AM
    June 1, 2010, 4:14 pm

    Sickening….especially when I thought, “Wait a minute I can’t imagine why anyone would box anything that poorly”. Clearly you guys are a smarter cookie as I didn’t think about it.

    Whelp they already said they’ll send another flotilla, and I already pitched in. Will probably so do again at a later date before they ship it out.

    Really Israel…what lesson was learned from the holocaust? Clearly it was not the right one.

  11. Mooser
    June 1, 2010, 4:21 pm

    ” Clearly it was not the right one”

    That’s the problem with Holocausts, the teach very few right lessons.

  12. Philip Munger
    June 1, 2010, 5:35 pm

    Does anyone know of a source for position reports on the MV Rachel Corrie? It may be time to live blog that vessel soon. Some reports say they intend to attempt to dock in Gaza early Wednesday afternoon.

    • Richard Parker
      June 1, 2010, 9:17 pm

      They came from Malta, where they were docked for repairs, following suspicious mechanical problems, and are now off Libya, going nowhere very fast. Don’t hold your breath.

      What will be interesting is if they are joined by a Turkish military escort, as promised.

  13. RoHa
    June 2, 2010, 4:24 am

    Where are the swarthy, unshaven, Jew-hating, fanatical suicide crayons of mass destruction?

  14. unverified__5940d073
    June 3, 2010, 8:52 am

    after the holocaust you, jewish people, are forced an emigration to “promised land”. Your elders are burned, murdered, raped, totured in the most disgusting ways… you came to palestine and you acted exactly with the same inhumanity to those poeple lived in the territory. And now you’re not -exactly not- different from your murderers. don’t cry in front of your wailing wall, your tears are not enough to be forgiven. isreali people, you are a batch of cowards, your eyes are wide closed and you live a lie. your monster government is constantly telling you the lies about all other people – first palestinians- are evil and you have to protect yourselves from their barbaric behaviors. you’re just pathetic… whole world saw you now. the people, who you fight against, can strikes you back with only stones and slingshots. this is the unbelievable thing that you all, 7 millions israeli poeple are all stupid. this only can be explained by stupidity not to react same genocide that your poeple was exposed in the past.

  15. levari
    June 3, 2010, 8:30 pm

    Hamas once shoved IED inside a donkey a$$ they are very sneaky, you believe me right?
    As long as the American citizen keeps sending us foriegn aid (Israel needs the money more than the U.S.) and their soldiers keep taking out Israel’s enemies, Israel will be just fine.

  16. natalie
    June 9, 2010, 11:02 am

    Thank god you are not the defense minister of your country. Did you know that hamas used humanitarian sugar sucks to smuggle Potassium Nitrate?

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