June 3rd, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Gaza aid ship delayed for installation of recording technology

[Updated at 12:23 p.m.] An Irish-owned aid ship headed for Gaza is delaying its voyage for a while to get equipped with video capabilities and satellite transmission to record what is happening at any given moment on the vessel, a Free Gaza Movement activist told CNN.

The MV Rachel Corrie, named for an American activist killed in Gaza several years ago, was expected to arrive late Friday or early Saturday off the coast of Gaza. Israel was offering to unload it in its Ashdod port, screen the material and then deliver it to Gaza, but fears of another high-seas confrontation were in the offing.

Adam Shapiro, Free Gaza board member, said the additions to the ship are being made for safety purposes.

Shapiro said Israel has made it clear it would intercept the ship and he hopes recording technology on the ship will make a difference in the behavior of any soldiers who board the vessel.

"Israel will be sensitive to the fact that we'll be recording what's happening and streaming it live," said Shapiro, who didn't identify where the Rachel Corrie is docking. He said it will head toward Gaza within the week.

An Israeli government official, who spoke on background because of the diplomatic sensitivity of the issue, told CNN the government is offering to receive the ship's cargo, as it has offered other vessels, if it docks at Ashdod port.

That was the same deal rejected by the flotilla of six ships bound for Gaza before Israeli commandos raided one of them Monday.

Haaretz, the Israeli daily newspaper, reported on Thursday that a "diplomatic solution" that would allow the vessel to dock at Ashdod "seems imminent."

Citing European diplomats and senior Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem, the newspaper said "quiet messages have been exchanged over the past few days between Israel and the group operating the ship, to allow it to dock" in Israel.

But Shapiro said people on the ship deny that report and believe it is part of a misinformation campaign by the Israeli government.

Free Gaza Movement activist Derek Graham has said that the plan was for the Rachel Corrie to be unloaded in Gaza and then return to Ireland.

[Posted at 11:15 a.m.] The Rachel Corrie, an aid ship headed to Gaza, has turned around in international waters to dock at a port, Adam Shapiro of the Free Gaza Movement said Thursday.

Shapiro declined to identify the port but said the ship will be back on the water within a week.

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  1. azmarita amin zahari

    is this true?

    June 3, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • davdp

      To all those people condemning Isreal for its actions, do you also condemn the violence used by Hamas against innocent Isreali citizens.?

      June 6, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Erin

    And yet Hamas is refusing to accept this "aid."

    June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. William

    Want some true insight into Israel & it's goverment?? Be sure your PC's speakers are on & go to http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=ZprVPKi-W6s

    June 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jpeditor

    Adam Shapiro is a mossad plant who will drag Turkey into a war they will lose.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • lorne

      what is your evidence for this allegation. oh yeah, must be his jewish sounding name. your mind is closed by your anti-semitic view of even your own friend on board the ship.

      June 3, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. denden

    The famous "aid" brought by latest "peace activists" is mostly outdated pharmaceuticals. The real reason is to undermine Israel's authority as it's trying to stop the terror and missiles attack on it's children and schools in southern parts of the country. Among the participants were many "specially trained" individuals who were hired to attack Israeli solders as Israel declared that this ship will not be allowed into Gaza-they admitted it and had big amount of cash on them.

    Even Al-Jaseira's photographer Andre Abu Halil (who resides in Lebanon and was on board the ship) admitted in his interview that 75% of the people on the ship were equipped with weapons and attacked Israeli solders first. Those solders, by the way, were equipped with paint ball guns. They kidnapped 4 solders in the lower deck and started attacking them. Only then Israel sent another force to release her troops. He said he was surprised by the level of violence from those "peace activists".

    I wonder: Doesn't it worth helping Palestinians once you don't have recording equipment on board?

    June 4, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Surely you can provide a link or source for your comments, I refer to the " Out dated" phramacueticals and the comments of the Al-Jeezeria photographer.

      June 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Smith in Oregon

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today met with the family of an American Teenager 19 years old that was machine gunned to death on one of the Humanitarian Flotilla civilian ships carrying hospital beds, medical supply's and 100 tons of food for the Gaza people.

    Another American citizen lost his eye after a Israeli Commando pointed his machine gun at him and fired a tear gas grenade in his face by the M203 Grenade launcher connected beneath the M4 Machine Gun he was using.

    It appears that Israel has declared war on Turkey after Turkey worked long hours in a urgent humanitarian fashion to defuse the ramped up Iranian enriched Uranium crisis by brokering a deal with Brazil and Iran to swap out its slightly enriched Uranium stocks for fuel rods from Brazil to power Iran's medical reactor.

    Turkey should now accept that Israel see's Turkey as it's enemy and close Turkey's airspace to Israel, warn America that any further clashes will result in Turkey closing it's borders to the American US Military convoys and make arrangements with Russia for advanced anti-aircraft missile defenses against possible Israeli fighter bombings.

    The Irish IRA is warning Israel it will begin targeting Jewish citizens in the UK and America if any of its Irish citizens on the peace flotillas are harmed, shot or murdered.

    June 4, 2010 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Beverly

      If this is really aid, then why wont they cooperate with Israeli authorities to dock in the proper place. Why is it that the world insists that Israel does NOT have the right to protect themselves? This program of bringing so called "aid" to Gaza is nothing but an attempt to start a war. The Muslim activists and left wing so called "peace activists that carry guns and pipes" are attempting to create an international incident. They have now accomplished one of their goals, they have internatinal attention. They will continue this until something happens that will trigger a war. Israel allows food across the border to Gaza. What would you do if you were being bombarded with rockets and other terrorist attacks on a daily basis by a neighboring country. Would you just sit there and say.. oh thats OK, we wont do anything while you attempt to kill us. Would you allow enemy ships to dock and bring new weapons and terrorist to an already out of control situation. Islam, Muslims, Arabs, do not care about the people of Gaza. If they did they would have given them aid long before. The only thing they give Gaza is guns and rockets because Gaza is merely a political pawn of Islam, to keep up the hatred against Israel that ALL Muslims say does not have the right to exists. Gazans and Muslims do not want peace, only the destruction of Israel.

      June 6, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • zev

      He should have stayed home and protested iran holding of 3 americans students or rockets being shot into Israeli cities or better yet the killing of muslims against muslims.
      It's his parents falt for letting him go.

      June 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Smith in Oregon

    Autopsy's in Turkey on the 9 dead peace protesters brought there indicated 5 were executed by single shots to the head, one was a mere 2 centimeters between the machine gun muzzle to the skull of the victim.

    One of the survivors stated hundreds of Israeli sailors attempted a zodiac assault raft attack to board the vessels which failed.

    The Israeli's then fired thousands of paint balls with glass shards inside of them which produced horrific soft flesh wounds.

    Then the Israeli Commando's used helicopters to rappel down on the ship in the darkness, they were carrying M4 machine guns with a M203 Grenade launcher which they used to rake the decks and people with lethal 5.56mm rifle rounds.

    Estimates are some 50 were wounded, 10 killed, 5 of the dead died from a single shot to the head, a American citizen was shot in the head and multiple places on his body as well among the dead.

    Another American was shot in the face by a Israeli Commando's M4 Machine Gun using the M203 Grenade launcher to fire a tear gas canister right into his face. He lost his eye, but not his life.

    June 4, 2010 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
    • SAM

      they also used nerve gas, and bombed the ship with napalm, and enriched uranium phosphorus artillery....
      I thought this post was a joke, but then there was no punch line.

      June 4, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      How did you get the autopsy results? WHATEVER it takes for Israel to remain free.....

      June 6, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Beverly

      Napalm? Are you kidding. If they had used Napalm the ship would have burned up. Why did they not turn around and go back? Why is it that Israel does not have the right to control their borders and waters like other countries? If these ships were trying to unload weapons here in a US port would you be for that also? All of you who are ignorant of Islam's agenda need to get smart or die because you are going to help them kill everyone and if you are not a Muslim you will be one of their victims.

      June 6, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. you suck


    June 4, 2010 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. you suck

    Sorry wrong blog.

    June 4, 2010 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. shinta

    God bless u Palestine

    June 4, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. darryl

    The jews of Israel reveal their objective to be worse than the Nazi's in the methodic killing spree . The reason this does not stop as they control the media

    June 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Salmi

    The time has come where USA and EU to tell the Zionis regime the only state on this planet which has been created under the Terrorist Mechanism (Israel) that ENOUGH!!!!, The Gaza has been converted to mass prison and all know about it, if USA are serious in solving the middle east crisis than this is the time to tell their friend you have gone too far... Arabs are helpless as each leader is protecting his own wealths and seats.. Shame on USA for supporting such state of terrerist and on the other side it claim it is promoting human right values, We need a kind of Arab leader similar to King Faisal and Jamal Nasser.. i full support Turky PM, we need such leader in today world to tell the truth... probably the Otman empire not dead yet!!

    June 4, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reese

      Hamas uses children and women as shields because they are cowards, suicide bombers. Stoning young women who seek independence. Until Muslims get the message that they need to accept that people are not evil just because they don't follow their own beliefs there will never be peace. They should be holding out their hand and making peace with Israel instead of strapping their children with grenades to kill innocent civilians.

      June 5, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      I wouldn't talk of terrorists if I were you....we met some here whne they flew into our buildings in New York. Guess what? They were not Jewish. Terrorists are the muslim freaks wanting to convert or kill us. Israel has a right to occupy their land, in peace. WHATEVER it takes for Israel to be free.

      June 6, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Beverly

      Arabs are helpless??? Israel a terrorist regime? Who is it that blew up the world trade towers? Muslims! Who is it that bombs and blows up buidlings and commits acts of terrorism in every country in the world.. Muslims!! Who is it that calls for the death of all of those who are not Muslim? Would that be Muslims again? Why is it that Islam fights for the destruction of a piece of land not much bigger than a county in the US, when Islam has millions of square miles of land? Islam NEVER EXISTED UNTIL 600 YRS AFTER JESUS, AND YET THEY SAY THEY OWN ISRAEL AND THERE WERE NEVER ANY JEWS IN ISRAEL BEFORE 1947????

      June 6, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. john

    Aid to terrorists, guns ammo, the poor poor aid workers threw a soldier overboard and attacked them with chairs knives and whatever else they could find. I AM PROUD OF ISRAEL for defending itself and taking no BS from raghead terrorists!!!

    June 6, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ross

    If the people of Gaza go hungry under Hamas leadership, maybe they will chose not to put a terrorist organization in power next time. Their is nothing peaceful about Hamas, their charter calls for the destruction of Israel, and the death of all Jews living in Israel. The solution for the people of Gaza, is to live in peace alongside Israel, according to UN 181.

    June 6, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |