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Dec 14, 2007 at 03:44 PM

From Friday's Globe and Mail

JERUSALEM — In a rare foray into politics, the International Committee for the Red Cross has condemned Israel's 40-year-old occupation of the Palestinian territories, saying security concerns could not justify the "enormous humanitarian cost" of Israel's actions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The avowedly impartial Red Cross said yesterday it was releasing its report to raise the alarm about the "drastic deterioration" in the humanitarian situation ahead of an international donors' conference scheduled for Monday in Paris. The Palestinian Authority is expected to ask for $5.8-billion in new aid.

"Humanitarian aid and humanitarian assistance cannot be the solution to the problem," Red Cross spokeswoman Andrea Konig said. "That's why we say there has to be political action taken."

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Women's Boat to Gaza Captured

Zaytouna-Oliva Women Deported
Details Emerge about the Capture

Messina, Italy:  All 13 of the women on the Women’s Boat to Gaza are currently in the process of deportation after being captured by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and detained in a prison at Ashdod. Wendy Goldsmith, a member of the land team working to secure the release of the women stated that, “the deportation was much quicker than in prior flotillas. While we had a great legal team assisting the women, we suspect that the reason for the quick release was because of all the negative media attention Israel has been receiving for its illegal interception.”

According to early reports from the women released, the Zaytouna-Oliva was surrounded by two warships along with four to five smaller naval boats. The IDF gave warning to the Zaytouna-Oliva to stop their course towards Gaza. When the warning was refused, at least 7 IDF members, both male and female, boarded the Zaytouna-Oliva and commandeered the sailboat. This happened in international waters.

In the course of their capture, the women persisted in telling the IDF that Israel’s interception of their boat was illegal and that they were being taken against their will to Israel. 

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