April 14, 2009, - 11:16 am

No Tears (or Wine “Blood” Drops) for Exploded Palestinian Fishing Boat

By Debbie Schlussel
During the Passover Seder, when Jews recite the names of the Ten Plagues, they spill wine or dip their fingers in wine and make a drop on their plate to symbolize the blood of the Egyptians as they suffered each plague. We do this because even though our enemy was vanquished, we’re not supposed to celebrate their suffering, and we recognize their tragedy.
But that was the Egyptians. You’ll forgive me if I shed no tears and spill none of my wine for the Palestinian fishing boat which blew up as it prepared to attack the Israeli Navy. If only the boat riggers and explosive engineers were aboard. Sadly, they were not. I think I’ll spill some wine “blood” over that.

A Palestinian fishing boat from Gaza, floating illegally near the Israeli coast, exploded Monday morning when hit with IDF artillery.
IDF sources estimated that the booby-trapped boat was activated by remote control and meant to explode near an Israeli Navy vessel or a coastal community.


A naval patrol followed the boat for about an hour and spotted no people on board. As it was several hundred meters off the Gaza shore and heading north the boat exploded. . . .
IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi said that the boat was loaded with a large amount of explosives.
According to the general, a nearby naval ship suspected the boat after it left the allowed area for fishing, but refrained from getting too close out of fear that the boat was booby-trapped. When the ship was within 600 meters of the Palestinian boat, artillery was fired at it, at which point the explosion occurred.
Several attempts to launch terror attacks from Gaza via the sea have been recorded in the past.
About four years ago a Palestinian man spotted swimming towards Israel was shot dead by Israeli patrol. A knife and a grenade were found on his body, and an inner tube floating nearby was found to be carrying a Kalashnikov rifle, five magazines, four grenades and a bullet proof vest.
In November 2002 four navy commando fighters were injured after a boat bomb blew off near an Israeli Daboor (navy patrol boat) off Gaza shore. The boat was believed to be headed for Israel.
Two months later, in January 2003, a raft exploded near a Daboor in the same area, causing no injuries.

Imagine if people were doing this off the American coasts. Would we call these people our “peace partners” and engage in negotiations with them?
Hell no.

7 Responses

Nice shot. That guy has some talent!

samurai on April 14, 2009 at 11:30 am

Where are the usual international “human rights” suspects (i.e. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, etc.)? You can bet that if Israel took action to both punish those who perpetrated this act as well as to prevent these acts from happening in the future these organizations would be quick to the scene to act as “referees” (as if this were an organized athletic event) to “officiate” with rules that only serve the interests of those who don’t care about civilian lives (both of their own and that of the other side).
These groups would condemn Israel of war crimes. Never mind the fact that Israel routinely bombs empty buildings because they warn the occupants ahead of time.

i_am_me on April 14, 2009 at 11:46 am

None from me either. Debbie, I agree with you but those are the “bad” terrorists from Hamas. The “good” terrorists from Fatah are above such mayhem… except as you justly noted, the same incidents happened in 2002, 2003 and 2005 when Fatah was in charge of Gaza. If only the Israeli government was above making such farcical distinctions. How soon people forget. Had Israel only followed your advice there would be no PA and no Hamas around today. As long as people refuse to face up to the fact all the terrorists come from the same gang and the only difference between them is the uniforms they wear, real peace will never bless Israel.

NormanF on April 14, 2009 at 11:55 am

Sigh, when will it end. I am just glad they did not succeed in their plot

mindy1 on April 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Saith Deborah: During the Passover Seder, when Jews recite the names of the Ten Plagues, they spill whine (sic) or dip their fingers in whine (sic) make a drop on their plate to symbolize the blood of the Egyptians as they suffered each plague.
Tell us what you were REALLY thinking, love!

Jewel Atkins on April 14, 2009 at 12:34 pm

“they spill whine or dip their fingers in whine ”
You mean ‘wine’. “Whine” is what Arabs and Leftists do.

Ripper on April 14, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Hi Debbie,
Enjoy your site and comments including this one.
One comment, not about you or your comments, but
regards to the photo.
Notice the wake in front of what seems to be the (suspected fishing boat)? Or is the green boat following the suspected fishing boat. If so why not show the suspected fishing boat too. Hum….I checked the orig. news site and is the same. One way to have headlines is to create them.

divercal on April 14, 2009 at 1:35 pm

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