Iranian Ships Prepare To Set Sail For Gaza Strip

Tyler Durden's picture

Even as the UN is formalizing its response to Iran, the Persian Gulf country is preparing to set sail three ships with aid for the Gaza Strip, AFP reported earlier and was cited by the Jerusalem Post. The ships are only awaiting for final permission from the Iranian Foreign Ministry, without regard for Israel's potential retaliation should Iranian ships approach Israel territorial waters. And with over 100,000 Iranians having volunteered to sail onboard, this will unlikely be diffused with mere diplomacy. At least some of the escalation rhetoric this weekend was slightly moderated after Haaretz refuted an earlier report by the Times of London that Saudi Arabia has opened up an air corridor for an Israel strike is false: "Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, the Saudi envoy to the U.K. speaking to the London-based Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, denied that report, saying such a move "would be against the policy adopted and followed by the Kingdom." As for the Iranian overture, the piece de resistance is that Iran will also send a plane to Egypt, carrying 30 tons of medical aid, and forcing the involvement of even more third party actors who would certainly prefer to be impartial in this very unstable time. Once again, Gulf (the other Gulf) tensions are escalating, and there seems nothing on the horizon to set anyone's mind at ease. But somehow headlines about the return of the global recovery are once again making the rounds.

From the Jerusalem Post:

The Iranian Red Crescent has equipped and loaded two ships with aid, and is waiting for permission from the Iranian Foreign Ministry to set sail for Gaza, AFP reported on Sunday. A third ship is planned for next week.

An Iranian Red Crescent official, Mojtaba Majd,  was quoted as saying that over 100,000 Iranians have volunteered to sail on the ships. He said that the problems involved may prevent Iran from sending volunteers, however "the important issue is that the people of Gaza know that more than 100,000 Iranians are ready to come to their help."

One of the ships, which is carrying food and medicine is expected to leave this week.  The Red Crescent has promised to send two ships by Friday and a third next week.

A plane is also planned to fly to Egypt carrying 30 tons of medical aid.

The Iranian decision to send ships to Gaza, follows the international outrage over the Israeli commando raid on the Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, which was part of a flotilla seeking to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

An Iranian Red Crescent ship was sent to Gaza during 'Operation Cast Lead' but was turned back by Israeli warships.

Elsewhere, Israel appears also very close to worsening its diplomatic relationship with long-term ally Germany, after NPR reported that an alleged Israel spy believed to be related to a Hamas leader killing in Dubai earlier this year, using the name Uri Brodsky, has been arrested in Poland.  "Brodsky was arrested in early June upon his arrival in Poland because
of a European arrest warrant issued by Germany which is now seeking his
extradition, the spokesman said, declining to be named in line with
department policy."

The German news weekly Der Spiegel reported that the arrest in Poland already has led to some diplomatic friction. The Israeli Embassy has urged Polish authorities not to extradite Brodsky, the magazine reports in its issue to be published Monday.

Germany's Foreign Ministry had no comment on the case and referred to an ongoing judicial investigation by the federal prosecutor's office. The country's top investigating unit deals with all cases affecting internal or external security, including terrorism or espionage.

After a German passport was used by a person linked to the Dubai slaying, the prosecutor's office in February started investigating a possible connection to a foreign intelligence agency.

Authorities in the western city of Cologne had issued a passport to a man named Michael Bodenheimer. A man using that name was among the assassins who killed the Hamas operative, according to Dubai police.

In February, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle urged a thorough investigation and said German authorities would do everything possible to support their counterparts in the UAE.

If Brodsky's extradition goes through, however, it could put the government in Berlin — a staunch Israeli ally — in a difficult diplomatic position.


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Citizen of an IKEA World's picture

Prepare to be stopped and boarded.

chumbawamba's picture

Dedicated to you.


january 1rst


3 a.m.

swine flu


fruitvale bart

& cracked open the levees of an epidemic

we have been fearing

since before

the sickness made Kings perish into the nothingness that is past.

as we carry their bodies


in body bags

strapped with the heat of a thousand suns

see we don’t want the sickness

cuhs these pigs are far more deadly than any swine

holding my breath each time I stroll across police stations

cover my ears

at the sudden sound

of sirens

see their songs

suckle on society like the stained lips

of rape children to their wavering mothers breast

we nurture them despite the fact that we see a shadow of our attackers face in theirs

as if the cure is unattainable

we continue to take and take

allow these nothing more than common people to bear the flesh of the gods on their simple bones

packing heartbeats in their clips

see this isn’t on no overreacting liberal kid spitting left politics bullshit

this is us giving a Grant

to the policeman who had Oscar

execution style on his knees.

you tube videos blaze from my monitor

making corpses resurrect from shallow graves

see Oscar Grant relives his death with each viewing,

as i watched his back crack as if Gaza was in its arch

& all I could remember was a photograph

i came across for the first time in high school

of a Vietnamese man crouched on his knees like a beaten dragon surrendering to mortals

It took all the way until my senior year in high school for me to learn about Hiroshima and Nagasaki

& that they are not just one of the easier genocides to talk about.

For 12 grades of my education each year the only massacre we were ever in depthly introduced to was the holocaust

Because in WW2 the U.S. fought against Germany and Japan

& in order to show the sinister ways of our adversaries

we brought one massacre to the light

& went on to crumble the disintegration of Japanese citizens into the dust we have swept under our patriotic rugs

not realizing that the U.S.A & Germany were only looking at a distorted reflection of each other

We continue to teach our children

To be U.S. Citizens before they are human beings.

Only mourn your people and their allies but disregard the flesh that lies on an enemies bones, see these borders are brainwashing

But the 2nd time I saw this photograph it broke me out of the trance

Because the artist Bansky’s spray can had revolutionized it

to depict

the same man still as a beaten dragon

but no pistol to skull

instead a bouquet of graffiti encrusted roses emerging from

his assassin’s hand

a portrait worthy of bringing new life from ash

recreated insanity into humanity

& I have strived to do the same for Oscar Grant with this very poem

Because we are the artists of the movement,

are trying so hard to bring lost souls back to life,

trying so hard to reshape history

With our paint stained fingertips

But I have learnt to start working on right now

& so I will use these graff battered roses

& place them on the grave of the rape fetus

our society finally decided to abort

because we are DONE, nurturing the genes of our oppressors

will mold together each struggle I have come to know

Find Palestine in every foreign

Counterpart working class back bent 9 to 5 barefooted barely making ends meet


See this is the only way peace can prevail

When the good do something

To stop evil.

From Oscar Grant to Hara Tamiki


& Once we realize are pain is universal that is when we can bring the orbit of divinity back to our world

So our globe no longer has to rest on an axis of evil.

Let the voice of our deceased demi-gods rumble through our vocal chords








& I am starving for your humanity.


-- Hadeel Ramadan, San Francisco, California

jeff montanye's picture

very very interesting.  thanks.  reminded me a bit of j. lennon's imagine.  if one's nation's strategy is to win hearts and minds and actually prevail through democratic elections (!), ramadan's and lennon's perspectives are far more geostrategically practical than those of the chickenhawks.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Count me among your geostrategically impractical chickenhawks then.

Popo's picture

Stopping and boarding boats in international waters, has yielded lots and lots of smuggled weapons... Hell yeah, board and search.  Better yet, warn and torpedo.

Remember the Karine-A!
Remember the MV Francop!

chumbawamba's picture

Remember the USS Liberty:

Remember Jason Pollard and Ben-ami Kadish, who spied for Israel and stole critical American military and government secrets.

With friends like that, who needs a hole in their head?

Occupation 101:

I am Chumbawamba.

Popo's picture

You do realize that the USS Liberty radio recordings have been released now, right?  The issue has been put to rest (it even says so in the Wikipedia entry), but jackasses like you keep the propaganda machine rolling.  Will you be trotting out the "protocols" in your next post?

You're a mouth breather Chumba.

chumbawamba's picture

And you're a traitorous whore.

What will the radio recordings prove or disprove that isn't already known?  We've seen enough of Israel's treachery to know the truth.

Do you also defend melanoma and other cancers with such zeal?

I am Chumbawamba.

Citizen of an IKEA World's picture

Ah yes, the Jooooos are cancers, right?

They're rats too, right? 

They're Eternal, even.

fsudirectory's picture

Man, I didnt know being a Jew I could live forever.

Thanks for the heads up, never learned that in Hebrew school.

pan-the-ist's picture

Are you not a religious Jew? I think that is what confuses us goy.  Jew status is religious, yet Jews seems to use it as both religious and ethnic, so one could be an Atheist Jew, which doesn't really make sense to Christians.  Care to elaborate?  Maybe you could help clear up my confusion.

jomama's picture

i can't stand israel.  and i loathe zionists.  once upon a time, i sympathized with israel.  until i educated myself and saw through bias of both sides the whole story from the Balfour declaration to the occupation of palestine and now the world's largest, most modern concentration camp.  while i do not condone iran's actions like these, i can understand how everyone in the region has come to despise israel, with her constantly expanding her borders, patrolling these borders, harassing innocent people, and taking prisoners to secret dungeons.  i believe that israel is terrosist state #1, they don't declare their nukes, and are in violation of more UN resolutions than all other countries combined.  it amazes me to see apologists strutting around acting like their behavior is justified.  just my 2¢

jeff montanye's picture

and, again, it's not just israel's bad behavior.  it's the utterly one-sided, deeply, deeply impractical stance the u.s. and its absurd "objective" msm have taken for over sixty years, not to mention the billions and billions in treasure spent and destroyed by the u.s. and the thousands and thousands of lives lost and taken by the u.s. in the vain quest to force the muslim world to take israel's punishment without complaint.

one must count iraq, a vanity war started by zionists (not for oil), and for that matter 9-11 and afghanistan.  all should be laid at israel's feet and those of its likudnik/settler supporters in the u.s.  when does it stop and a new paradigm get tried?  because this one certainly isn't working and the u.s. is running out of money.  motive was exhausted after the yom kippur war and the oil embargo if not the suez incident in 1956.  oh that truman had heeded general marshall.

chumbawamba's picture

It ends when you spread the word of Israel's evil to friends and relatives and educate them about how they are lied to on a constant basis, and how Israeli propaganda is free to inhabit our airwaves so that we are fed a constant stream of bullshit and kept stupid so that Israel can go on committing its crimes with impunity while we (Americans) suffer the consequences.

I am Chumbawamba.

Bringin It's picture

Very well said.  Courageous as usual.


SWRichmond's picture

Do you guys wanna know what I think is going to happen, big picture?  Germany is going to release its collective guilt and start acting like an independent nation again.  Those rumblings have already started.   We can see them.  The rest of the world will shout "Holocaust!  Holocaust!" and try to shame Germany back into submission.  It won't work.

Something similar is happening in the U.S.  Genuine small-government fiscal conservatives are shaking off their collective guilt, which had been inculcated by generations of public school indoctrination.  The reaction of the propaganda machine, called "mass media", has been predictable: "Racists!  Racists!". 

We here at ZH know that the real financial crisis hasn't even started yet.  As it unfolds, people will be forced to choose either making decisions based on facts or being controlled by shame, whether real or externally induced.  Critical self-evaluation is one thing.  Being controlled by talking heads, pundits and others' supposed "opinions" is another.

Bringin It's picture

Popo's comparison of the napalm attack on the USS Liberty to the Protocols of Zion is stunning. 

Neither of these need further discussion. 

Popo says so.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Apologies, stealing the top of the thread here, but you all must find this interesting.

Veeeery veeeery interesting.

This is how it comes, stealthily.

Something wicked this way come.

Hush baby, it's for our good.

Really, they told me so.

On TV.

Big Red's picture

I Have  seen a UAV overhead, late summer last year.

Perhaps in relation to Camp David or the Underground Pentagon, or perhaps they are tested/outfitted at HGR airport (interesting work done there on surveillance aircraft I understand).

I did search for its profile so I could identify the manufacturer/type, but wasn't able to, but I well remember that profile. If someone has a link to UAV profiles/silhouettes, please post. 

ColonelCooper's picture

I really don't see anything to worry about.  What's the worst that could happen?

Pedro's picture

Well, for one, it could interrupt World Cup play.

John McCloy's picture

  One thing we know for sure that will not be interrupted is the boyaahtastic hand over fist pumpedy doodah rally coming all week unless of course a nuke is fired. If a nuke is fired the indexes may close down 1% with a nice bounce back better than expected rally on the news that this was in fact the ONLY nuke fired for the week. 

TheGoodDoctor's picture

Two minutes to midnight? This will be interesting. What are the odds of a fight breaking out?

septicshock's picture

As my wise friend once told me:  "Everything has a beginning, a middle, and an END!"

Hephasteus's picture

I am too. Though he hasn't updated his facebook page in ages.

Brett in Manhattan's picture

If Aristotle were alive, today, he'd probably be a Twitter guy. Stuff like "Everything in Moderation" works well in that format.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

Best joke all day...Hats off...

Oh regional Indian's picture

Not sure if it was title of a book or an article, but it sure as heck rings true now. Not a doomer (eternal optimist actually) but it does definitely feel like:
The terminal madness of the end times.

Not even end times in Judeo Christian or a yuga ending way.

Just a pathetic kabuki of machinations within machinations, surprise within subterfuge. A game being played out before our eyes for which we have no playbook, no rule-book, no cast list, no actor history (that we can believe at any rate).

Just escalation, slight de-escalation, repeat.

As more and more people realize that they are really frogs in the pot and the water is hot, hot, hotter every day, it seems like give-up time.

Don't give up! No one up there!

Give in.

All the answers, first to the unit-ary, then to the collective reside in.

For a peek within, for the philo-sciento-spirito-gnostically inclined, please visit:

The community of life wants to be awake, if only mother cultures siren song wasn't soooooooooo soothing.


Why on a money blog? Because it's all of a piece. All of it.
And I suspect (know) there are plenty of monetary philosophers on this site.

pan-the-ist's picture

I'll bite.  I didn't read your blog.  I agree with you that things are going to be chaotic for a while and that some shit will fall apart.  Many will attribute it to the end times and they will be disappointed.  Some of the crazier will find creative ways to off themselves, for them it will be end times.  Sorry, no Gnosis either.  It is the lot of the masses to remain sleeping and engaged in the game, that is the way the game is played.  We can't all be Buddhas.

Mitchman's picture

Well, this certainly takes the pressure off the nuclear guys.  But I'm not worried.  I'm confident Obama and Hillary are on top of it.  The New York Times told me so.

nwskii's picture

This is a friendly gesture nothing more

Oracle of Kypseli's picture

These preludes are part of the excuse of war when the house of cards collapses.

Load up on gold. When the first salvo has left its source, it will be too late to enter the gold market. Get physical now, even at the current price. 

Adam Neira's picture

Doomsday Scenario...The Middle East June 2010. Tensions simmer. Khameini orders Iranian navy to escort next “aid” armada to Gaza shores. Egypt allows access for the ships through the Suez Canal. The hotlines ring all night. Bibi states that the Iranian ships will not be allowed to enter the Mediterranean. US  carrier group in Gulf. Ahmedinejad makes belligerent speech. Arab street galvanised.  The evil zionists will be vanquished. Israel on total war footing. First Iranian ship into Mediterranean fires on a British Navy vessel. Many killed. NATO responds. Turkey withdraws from alliance and supports Arab nations. WWIII breaks out. South Africa World Cup cancelled. Casualties climb. Diplomats sidelined. Small battlefield tactical nukes are used to try and stop the horde of Iranian soldiers streaming across the Iraq border. Much of the region is destroyed. Millions die.

Messianic Scenario...All the various leaders see reason and decide to turn to the negotiating table. They realise G-d has created a divine stalemate on the geo-political chessboard. High level trust building meetings take place in Jerusalem. The Holy City assumes its correct place as a centre of unfolding potential. It attracts and reflects light and goodness. Moral of this Story (MOTS) – The minds of the leaders and the people are the place where all things start. Beware of self-fulfilling prophecies ! If there is a war there will be no real winners. Humanity must get over the idea of military triumphalism. The win/lose paradigm will become redundant. The universe is stable, ordered, benevolent and expansive. A certain command and control structure must prevail however. Isaiah’s prophecy of swords and plowshares unfolds over time. World Peace 2050 anyone...

Tyler Durden's picture

Don't forget the second law of thermodynamics gets repealed in scenario 2.

Hephasteus's picture

And that's the best law!!!

It would break Boltzman's Demon's heart to disappoint Lord Kelvin like that.

jeff montanye's picture

if you can see the entire universe (nice perspective).  your motto makes me wonder if you actually have the time.  a system (say a planet) could decrease its own entropy and not violate the law.  goodness knows an area the size of palestine could, especially in the metaphorical sense you employ.  nihilism is too easy an out.  especially from one with such a (nearly always impenetrable to stupid me) quantitative trading bent.

brodix's picture

It only applies to a closed system. In an open system, the energy just gets traded around. The irony with our current situation is that we are burning ourselves up with too much energy, not starving from lack of it.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Doomsday Scenario.....South Africa World Cup cancelled.

Oh dear God!   That couldn't happen.   Not....that.

Adam Neira's picture

Yes it will be a tragedy if the dulcet ones of the vuvuzela will no longer be heard echoing over the veldt.

GoinFawr's picture

Likely Scenario: Israeli soldiers board Iranian boats via helicopters. Gum-chewing Iranians threaten to tangle the commandos' locks with grape bubbalicious. Israeli soldiers claim they had no choice but to defend themselves, with napalm. Hundreds of brown people die (here, there and everywhere,daily). The world cries out in outrage, for ten minutes. Luckily Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper has told everyone to calm down and wait for Israeli officials to conduct a thorough investigation. Israel (surprise!) finds its soldiers had no option but to use 'sticky fire' on the Iranians, because while bubbalicious is designed not to adhere to your skin, it's extremely difficult to remove from long hair, and beards; entirely a 'tit-for-tat' affair.  Following Israel's self-exoneration, in a show of support US unmanned drones take out scores of innocent Brown people who happen to be sleeping in the same building as the one that had the audacity to say, "Boo!" Millions die of starvation and it doesn't get reported anywhere because they are all Brown.  The US, France, and whoever else complains about pirates continue to dump all of their most egregiously toxic wastes into the ocean just off the coast of Somalia. Britain gets miffed with the US for denigrating BP, and refuses to export any more...uh...bad teeth across the Atlantic. IE Business as usual ensues.

chumbawamba's picture


I am Chumbawamba.

TBT or not TBT's picture

"Hundreds of brown people die (here, there and everywhere,daily). "

Iranians are whiter than you are probably imagining.   And napalm turns people of all races black.  Just clue'in, here and there, where I can be helpful.

AnAnonymous's picture

What matters is how they are perceived. In the US, they are considered brown. This is what matters.

GoinFawr's picture

Thanks Anon, when it comes to explaining the bleeding obvious to the obtuse you clearly have much more patience than I do.

TBT: Check out the word 'parody', it might help to clarify things for you.


Suisse's picture

Western Arabs and persians are not considered "brown", they are caucasoids.