Two media headlines: one from NZ and one from Israel

Here are two different headlines for the same story.

One from the NZ Herald:

And one from The Times of Israel:

The Herald article and headline are straight from the mouth of a Unite Union press release.

We can ignore the Herald. It appears they are just a mouthpiece for union scumbags. The Times of Israel reports the facts: Quote:

The Israeli Navy on Sunday stopped a boat that was trying to break the maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip and started to tow the vessel to the port in Ashdod.

The ?Freedom Flotilla? group said that the boat had been ?seized? and that the ship had received a warning from the navy prior to the interception.

According to the group, the navy said it would ?take all necessary measures? if the vessel did not adjust its course.

The IDF confirmed that it had intercepted the boat and was towing it to the nearby Ashdod port.

?The forces made it clear to the boat that it was violating the blockade and that any humanitarian supplies [it is carrying] can be delivered to Gaza through the port of Ashdod,? the military said in a statement. ?The activity ended without any unusual incidents. The boat is being towed to the port of Ashdod at this time.?

The ?Return? (al-Awda) is one of two vessels making up the flotilla, alongside ?Freedom.?

The flotilla was organized by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an umbrella of organizations aiming to end the closure of Gaza, and?set sail from the Danish port of Copenhagen.

Those on board the ships include Prof. Ismail Nazari, chairman of Malaysia?s boycott Israel campaign; Charlie Andreason of Sweden, who spent time in Israeli detention for his role on the Marianne, a Swedish-flagged trawler leading a flotilla of boats in June 2015; Spanish Jewish activist Zohar Shamir Chamberlain; and Heather Milton-Lightening, an activist for indigenous Canadians.

The flotilla?s two-month journey saw the ships stopping off at several European ports to take part in activities supporting the Palestinians? so-called ?March of Return.?

It is under the ?March of Return? banner that more than 100 Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed in violent clashes with Israeli security forces along the border fence since March 30.

Most of the Palestinians killed were members of the Hamas terror group, according to the group itself. End quote.

Wait till they find out the boats won’t end up with the Gazans but are subject to a seizure order in relation to a damages claim for terror victims brought by Shurat HaDin. Tthey have been given leave to proceed with the claim.

Also, Zaher Birawi, who is one of the organisers, is a declared PFLP operative. So, all this does is highlight that Mike Treen and Unite Union are actually working with terrorists and designated terror organisations.

Zaher Birawi is on record saying the flotilla project to the Gaza Strip was not intended to ?break the siege? and bring humanitarian aid, but rather to promote the battle for hearts and minds against Israel.

Mike Treen hasn’t been attacked and kidnapped. He’s been arrested for breaching an internationally recognised and legal blockade. Sir Geoffrey Palmer says so, and he’s a former Labour prime minister: Quote:

The UN investigative committee headed by former prime minister of New Zealand Sir Geoffrey Palmer, an expert on maritime law, was established by the UN to examine the Israeli raid on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010.

On that day, seven flotilla ships were seeking to break the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza when they were intercepted by the Israeli navy seeking to escort the ships to the Ashdod port to inspect their goods. On the ship Mavi Marmara, clashes broke out after activists attacked Israeli commandos with baseball bats, steel bars, and live fire. Israeli commandos used both non-lethal weaponry and live fire to defend themselves. Nine activists were killed, and seven Israeli commandos were wounded.

The Palmer report unequivocally found that: “Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza. The naval blockade was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law.” The report urged that all future efforts to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza should be done “through established procedures and the designated land crossings in consultation with the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority”, thus discouraging future Gaza flotillas.

The report also questioned the motives of the flotilla organisers, in stating that: “Although people are entitled to express their political views, the flotilla acted recklessly in attempting to breach the naval blockade. The majority of the flotilla participants had no violent intentions, but there exists serious questions about the conduct, true nature and objectives of the flotilla organisers, particularly the IHH [Humanitarian Relief Foundation – the Turkish aid group that primarily organised the flotilla]. The actions of the flotilla needlessly carried the potential for escalation.” End quote.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the NZ Herald could actually report the news rather than reprint union press releases? No wonder no one trusts them.

Mike Treen, meanwhile, will find that getting lippy to IDF might result in rather more damage than when he gets lippy to police in New Zealand. One thing is certain: he will no longer be able to say no to questions on immigration forms that ask if he’s ever been deported from any country.

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