Maybe the “humanitarians” on these ships thought that they needed a weapons cache to defend themselves from food and medicine thieves…More likely, they wanted violent clashes with the Israeli authorities…which they provoked and got…
Weapons, including knives, Molotov cocktails, detonators, wood and metal
clubs, slingshots and rocks, large hammers and sharp metal objects. In
addition, gas masks were found, pointing to the prior intention of the ship’s
passengers to use violence against IDF soldiers who would then be forced to
use riot dispersal methods.
IDF Spokesperson 01 June 2010 , 01:15 Arnon Ben-Dror
Reprinted from IDF Website
After IDF soldiers succeeded in stopping the attack against them by
passengers on board the Mavi Marmara ship, the ship was brought to the
Ashdod port and arrived in the late hours of Monday evening (May 31).
Flotilla participants were brought off the ship and taken for questioning.
Once the activists left the ship, security forces began a thorough search
and found a supply of weapons, including knives, Molotov cocktails,
detonators, wood and metal clubs, slingshots and rocks, large hammers and
sharp metal objects. In addition, gas masks were found, pointing to the
prior intention of the ship’s passengers to use violence against IDF
soldiers who would then be forced to use riot dispersal methods.
The Mavi Marmara was the last among the flotilla ships to arrive on Monday
to Ashdod. Beforehand, the other five ships participating in the flotilla
arrived. Unlike the Mavi Marmara, passengers on board the other ships
cooperated with the security forces. The removal of passengers from the
ships was secured by Israeli Police special forces, headed by the Yamam
Special Police Unit, in addition to Military Policemen and naval officers
who assisted in escorting the passengers to the security examination site
set up in the Ashdod port.
In this security check, personnel from the Oz Unit of the Ministry of the
Interior waited for the passengers of the flotilla, and verified the
identification of the passengers using their passports. Some of the
passengers were arrested and some deported. Due to the extremely violent
attack by passengers on board the Mavi Marmara against IDF soldiers, these
passengers were detained for questioning at the port.
Among the IDF representatives who arrived to the Ashdod port throughout the
day were Deputy Chief of the General Staff Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz, Head of
the Operations Directorate Maj. Gen. Tal Roso, GOC of the Southern Command
Maj. Gen. Yoav Galent and GOC of the Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Yair
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