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Israeli minister proposes Gaza artificial island

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is considering building an artificial island with sea and air ports off blockaded Gaza, as a long-term solution to shipping goods into the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave, the transport minister said. Yisrael Katz told Army Radio on Wednesday he wants an international force to control the island for…

Israelis ‘demanded bribes at Gaza crossing,’ WikiLeaks cables reveal

OSLO — US firms complained in 2006 of corruption by Israeli officials at the Karni crossing into Gaza, then the Palestinian territory’s main commercial transit point, a leaked US diplomatic cable showed Thursday. According to a cable from the US embassy in Tel Aviv and consulate in Jerusalem, US firms…

Israelis harshly treat Jewish boat activists

Activists on thwarted boat seeking to defy Israel’s Gaza blockade say soldiers acted harshly Jewish activists who sought to defy Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza say they were treated harshly when soldiers seized their vessel. Itamar Shapira said Wednesday that his brother, Yonatan, a former Israeli air force pilot, was…

‘Jewish aid boat’ leaves Cyprus bound for Gaza

FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus — A boat carrying Jewish activists from Israel, Europe and the United States set sail on Sunday from Cyprus bound for Gaza, in a bid to run Israel’s blockade of the Palestinian territory. The “Irene” left the port of Famagusta in the Turkish-held north of the divided eastern…

Iran Red Crescent to send two aid ships to Gaza

TEHRAN — The Iranian Red Crescent has decided to send two aid ships to Gaza this week in the latest bid to break the blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory by Iran’s regional archfoe Israel. Red Crescent director for international affairs Abdolrauf Adibzadeh told the state IRNA news agency late…

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard offers to escort future Gaza aid vessels

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards are ready to provide a military escort to cargo ships trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, a representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday. “Iran’s Revolutionary Guards naval forces are fully prepared to escort the peace and freedom convoys to Gaza with all…

Nobel laureate: ‘We will sit down,’ if Israeli forces board aid ship

An Irish aid boat steaming towards Gaza still plans to break the Israeli blockade, a Nobel Peace Prize winners who is on board vowed today, saying its passengers and crew “are not afraid”. However, “Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Máiread Corrigan-Maguire, who was on the ship with other activists, said…

Stewart: Beck ‘lives in a cloistered world of paranoid delusion’

Analysis: How World Zionist Organization helped Israel win PR battle Glenn Beck prides himself that there are secrets only he knows or has the raw guts to share with his audience. “Turn on any media outlet other than this one,” Beck proudly announced on Wednesday. “They’re not going to show…

Scahill: Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch called me a ‘terrorist supporter’ during MSNBC spot

In a heated discussion broadcast by MSNBC’s News Live on Thursday, investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill and former New York City Mayor Ed Koch traded verbal barbs over Israel’s storming of a humanitarian aid flotilla from Turkey; an act of aggression in international waters that resulted in the killing of nine…

Hamas has been working on a ‘crutch-a-pult’, Jon Stewart jokes

Israel insists that commandos had to intercept aid ships headed for Gaza because they could have been supplying weapons to Hamas. At least nine activists were killed in the raid. Israel said that they were forced to use live rounds because activists attacked them first. “The activists said they never…

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