Barak – flotilla was a deliberate attempt to provoke Israel

 Jerusalem, Israel – The Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak claimed that Israel was attacked with iron rods, knives and live ammunition last night. He also said that the reason Israeli army opened fire was because their lives were in danger.

The IDF Minister Barak also said that the most violent resistance came from one ship containing about 600 anti Israel people, the ship’s name was Marmara.

Barak also said that the flotilla was a deliberate attempt to provoke Israel

 

Israel’s side of the story – Gaza flotilla clash

 Jerusalem, Israel – The full story of what really happened might remain a mystery depending on who you want to believe. The IDF published their side of the story of what happened in the early hours of May 31.

Here is their side of the story in full:

 

Early this morning (May 31) the Israel Navy intercepted the flotilla after the protesters on board ignored Israeli warnings. IDF forces met with severe pre-planned violence from the demonstrators, including use of live fire and light weaponry. 

Early this morning, IDF Naval Forces intercepted six ships attempting to break the maritime closure of the Gaza Strip. This happened after numerous warnings from Israel and the Israeli Navy that were issued prior to the event. The Israeli Navy requested the ships to redirect toward Ashdod where they would be able to unload their aid supplies which would then be transferred over to the Gaza Strip after undergoing security inspections.

During the boarding of the ships, demonstrators onboard attacked the IDF Naval personnel with live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs. Additionally, one of the weapons used was grabbed from an IDF soldier. The demonstrators had clearly prepared their weapons in advance for this specific purpose.

As a result of this life-threatening and violent activity, naval forces first employed riot dispersal means, followed by live fire.

According to initial reports, these events resulted in over ten deaths among the demonstrators and numerous injuries. In addition, five naval personnel were injured, some from gunfire and some from various other weapons. Two of the soldiers were seriously wounded and the remainder sustained moderate injuries. All of the injured parties, Israelis and foreigners, are currently being evacuated by helicopter to hospitals in Israel.

Reports from IDF forces at the scene indicate that some of the participants onboard the ships were planning to lynch the forces
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The events are ongoing, and information will be updated as soon as possible. Israeli Naval commander, Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom is overseeing the events.

In the coming hours, the ships will be directed to the Ashdod port, while IDF naval forces perform security checks in order to identify the people on the ships and the cargo brought on board. The IDF Spokesman emphasizes that this event is currently unfolding and further details will be provided as soon as possible.

This IDF naval operation was carried out under orders from the political leadership to prevent the flotilla from reaching the Gaza Strip and breaching the maritime closure.

The boarding of ships in the flotilla followed numerous warnings given to the organizers of the flotilla before leaving their ports as well as while sailing towards the Gaza Strip. In these warnings, it was made clear to the organizers that they could dock in the Ashdod Sea Port and unload the equipment they are carrying in order to deliver it to the Gaza Strip in an orderly manner, following the appropriate security checks. Upon expressing their unwillingness to cooperate and arrive at the port, it was decided upon to board the ships and lead them to Ashdod.

IDF naval personnel encountered severe violence, including use of weaponry prepared in advance in order to attack them, as well as having their weapons stolen by protesters and used against them. The forces operated in adherence with operational commands and took all necessary actions in order to avoid violence, but to no avail.

 

 

Israel: Top level Islamic extremists linked to Gaza flotilla

 Jerusalem, Israel – According to the Israel Defense Force there were top Islamist extremists at the launch of the flotilla to the Gaza strip which might of caused the tensions to rise and might also of caused Israel to board the ships.

Today all over the world people are angry with Israel because of what happened hours ago near the Gaza blockade.

The launching ceremony for the flotilla to the Gaza Strip was attended by several Islamist extremists in Istanbul. 

While the flotilla organizers present themselves as human rights advocates whose sole goal is to assist the people of Gaza, a new report reveals the groups cooperation with radical human rights violators. According to a report by the Intelligence & Terrorism Information Center, senior Islamic extremists attended the launching ceremony in Istanbul of a boat participating in the flotilla. Among the participants were Mahmad Tzoalha and Sahar Albirawi, both top Hamas terrorists who today operate in Great Britain, and Hamam Said, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan. 

Bolant Yilderim, the chairman of the IHH, a Turkish based pro-Palestinian organization that is spearheading the Gaza flotilla, delivered a radical speech at the ceremony to the applause of Turkish politicians and radical Islamic activists. “Israel behaves like Hitler did towards the Jews. Hitler built concentration camps in Germany, and today the Zionist entity is building concentration camps in Palestine,” said Chairman Yilderim.

The rally was also attended by Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, who praised the attitude of the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and asked leaders of the entire Arab world to follow his example. 

Salah has previously admitted in an Israeli Court to conferring with foreign agents and assisting unauthorized organizations, after it had become known that he was in contact with Hamas. He often voiced anti-Semitic hate messages that are based on the most ancient blood libels: “We are not the ones who eat a meal based on bread and cheese in children’s blood,” he said in one of his speeches, and at another event he stated that the Jews are “butchers of pregnant women and babies… Thieves, you are the bacteria of all times… The Creator meant for you to be monkeys and losers… Victory is with the Muslims, from the Nile to the Euphrates.”  

“If the goal of the flotilla was humanitarian, they would have let Israel transfer the aid through, and would not have attempted to infiltrate the Gaza Strip in an illegal way,” explains Col. (res.) Reuven Ehrlich, a former member of the Israeli Intelligence Corps who currently heads the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. “Their only goal is to generate a provocation aimed at embarrassing Israel and the IDF, and to aid Hamas and the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip.”

Thousands march in Turkey condemning “Gaza flotilla clash”

Istanbul, Turkey – Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of the capital of Turkey in protest of the people killed in the Gaza flotilla clash. Most of the people killed in the Gaza flotilla clash were Turkish. 15 people died in the clash when the aid ship wanted to enter Gaza through the Gaza blockade.

The "Freedom" Flotilla carried activists as well as aid headed for Gaza.

 

The Gaza flotilla clash

Jerusalem, Israel – In the early hours of May 31 2010 a clash occurred between the six ship flotilla that was part of the Free Gaza movement and Israel naval forces. The flotilla planned to ship through the Gaza Blockade even though they were told that they would be turned back. Israel warned them that they should not attempt to cross the Gaza blockade.

When the flotilla reached the Gaza blockade they were told to turn back by the Israeli navy and did not respond to calls to turn their ship back. The flotilla raised their white flags to surrender but it was to late. 

There are multiple accounts of what happened but the Israel Defense Forces said that they were shot upon first by the activists, video later shows otherwise. The truth of what happened has not been fully revealed.

The activists claim that the ships were search prior to engaging on their mission. An anti-Israel news station claimed that it seemed the activists were peaceful.

South Africa government: No known terror threat for the 2010 Fifa World Cup

Cape Town, South Africa – The Government of South Africa claims there is no known terror threat against the 2010 FIFA World Cup, they also believe the article in the Sunday Times "incorrectly claimed" that there is a terrorism threat against the tournament.

 

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS), which coordinates all security operations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, strongly disputes the Sunday Times lead article which incorrectly claims that there is a terrorism threat against the tournament.

The article in question is riddled with inaccuracies and most comments are from anonymous sources.

Although the NATJOINTS is not prepared to discuss intelligence matters for obvious reasons, we can categorically deny the existence of a “watch-list of 40 terror suspects”or the arrest of any person directly targeting the World Cup. We can also dispute the existence of “operational militant training camps in several provinces in South Africa”.

The security forces can firmly state that there is no known specific terror threat against the 2010 FIFA World Cup. All operational plans are on track, teams already in their base camps are moving around and police deployments are increasing.

We again make an appeal to all media to report responsibly in order to avoid alarming the community needlessly.

 

ASUS’ EeePad to launch soon,Tablet that runs on Windows

 Announced earlier this year, the ASUS EeePad will run on Windows and once again this is called the real "ipad competition" or Ipad killer. The device will be revealed in two sized, a ten inch version and a 12 inch version. It will come out with Windows 7 which means one day this beauty might be running on Linux.

The ASUS Eeepad 10 inch has a Intel Core 2 Duo, long battery power (we dont know how long that is ) and weights only 670grams. It is also 12.2mm thick, a bit more than a cellphone. There are also usb ports and a webcam.

The ASUS Eeepad will launch in July/August and will cost around $500 in the US.

UPDATE: It has a 10 hour battery life

 

 

Stay Connected and Multitask with the Eee Pad

Engineering excellence meets stunning design in the ASUS Eee Pad, an ultra-slim and light yet high-performance slate device designed to provide users with a real time cloud computing experience. The Eee Pad will be available in two configurations.

The 12″ Eee Pad EP121 is a full-featured slate computer that serves as a multimedia player, e-reader, and compact computing device. Powered by a CULV Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor and the Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system, it effortlessly handles multitasking tasks whether enabling users to check their email and calendars, have video conferences, or process Microsoft Word and Excel documents simultaneously. The ASUS Eee Pad EP121 offers two convenient modes of character input-an embedded virtual keyboard or an innovative hybrid keyboard/docking station design. All of this power is available in a personal computing device that delivers up to 10 hours of usage.

For users seeking additional mobility, ASUS is proud to present the 10” Eee Pad EP101TC that runs Windows Embedded Compact 7, which provides an engaging user experience and delivers instant connectivity to the Windows world. It also provides a familiar full-featured user experience across various connected devices and cloud computing services.

ASUS Provides Tomorrow’s Technologies Today at Computex 2010

Innovative Eee Pad and Eee Tablet extend ASUS’ leadership in Cloud Computing

ASUS’ leadership in innovation and design will once again be the focus at Computex 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan. ASUS will proudly showcase a wide range of products across five major categories: cloud computing, gaming, enthusiast-level PC components, multimedia and green computing. As a technological leader in cloud computing, ASUS offers a broad lineup of cloud-connected devices featuring on-the-fly data and multimedia sharing capabilities that consumers crave in today’s market.

The Notepad Goes Digital with the Eee Tablet
Innovation meets cloud computing at Computex 2010 with the ASUS Eee Tablet. With a 2450 dpi touch resolution screen, the Eee Tablet is one of the world’s most accurate and sensitive digital note taking devices, and gives the user the feel of writing on paper. Users can select one of the built-in notepad templates and have the option to store, sort and tag, organize or browse through them. Real time text annotations can also be made on-the-fly. The Eee Tablet makes reading easy, with text file page turns taking just 0.1 seconds-nine times faster than the page turns of normal e-readers. Reading documents or books remains easy on the users’ eyes even after prolonged viewing periods.

The ASUS Eee Tablet features a built-in 2 megapixel camera that captures detailed images, letting the user grab screenshots of lecture slides and write notes on them instantly. It easily syncs up with a PC or notebook via USB or Micro SD to ensure that all notes, content, and calendars are constantly kept up-to-date. With up to 10-hours of battery life, the Eee Tablet has enough power for a variety of tasks. At the end of the day, users not only have an electronic notepad, but a media player and e-reader as well.

 

 

Way of the Warrior Grand Finale

Thousands turned out at the Grand Arena GrandWest on Thursday 13 May 2010 to watch the final two battles it out for the title. In the end only one man was crowned the Ultimate Warrior.

GrandWest was the perfect setting for the Grand Finale of the Way of the Warrior Seating over 5 000 people and hosting the greatest Muaythai event South Africa has ever seen! Proving ground for the warriors who battled out in this epic grand finale for Mnet actions hit reality series, the Way of the Warrior and the top international fighters who fought for both the world UMF Ultimate Champion title belt and The Muaythai Against Drugs title belt!

Way of the Warrior was a television first! Hosted by Colin Moss, the show promised to be a must for all reality fans.

Way of the Warrior gathered a group of 25 to 35-year-old men giving them the opportunity to train at Dragon Power, South Africa’s premier Muaythai Gym – based in Cape Town.

They were trained by 2 x World Muaythai Champion and their mentor Sifu Kru Quentin “Dragon” Chong and through the transformation power of Martial Arts, become lean, formidable fighting machines.

But there was catch, the only way the men could stay in the gym and take home the amazing prizes were to fight for it. Each contestant had to use their new-found martial arts skills to fight their competitors in the ring, for the right to remain in the gym. Using the Muaythai they have been taught each contestant has to survive weeks of elimination as they fight for the honor of being named the Ultimate Warrior.

Fight #1Cee Khuboni from KZN vs. Justin Sham from Dragon Power both fighters prove to be strong but Justin impressed the crowd who proved to have the better Muaythai Technique controlling the grapple and continuing to score more points, thus winning the bought by points.

Fight #2Fundiswa Msani from KZN vs. Lisa Burnell from Dragon Power both fighters went the distance but Lisa stepped up her game and won the bought in the forth round by point.

Fight #3 – By the third fight of the evening things had really heated up, and the New Blood Abongile Mketo vs. Ncedo Dayimani both fighters from the Amy Biehl Foundation came out very strong and in control in the first round, moving aside well considering it was there first bought and getting the crowds attention. The fight ended in a draw.

Fight #4Ryan “Rauling Faulling” Faull, World IFMA Gold medalist and 2 x South African Muaythai Cruiser weight title belt holder (SAMA) vs. Khulenkani Hlongwa from KZN, both fighters put on an excellent display but the fight was stopped in the 3rd round due to a TKO and Ryan won the fight.

A short break was kept interesting by the Amy Biehl Foundation performing a drum circle playing the marimba with a traditional South African gum boots dance and the South African Break dancers – Ubuntu boys world # 1 doing what they do best.

Fight #5 – Dragon Power and South Africa’s very own African Qualifier for The Contender Asia: Season 2 and the World Martial Arts Games, Bakhulule “Diablo” Baai vs. Petchwang “the Knee Specialist” from Thailand fought for the vacant Muaythai against Drugs title belt in an International bout. It was a rematch Bakhulule prove to be to strong for Petchwang and stopped the fight in the 3rd round Bakhulule winning the fight with a TKO.

Fight # 6 – These epic fights were accompanied with an international Thailand vs. Thailand fight, Augusta vs. Teerapong “Mr. Knockout”. This fight was for the world UMF Ultimate Champion title belt, sanctioned by the World Muaythai Council. It was the 1st time this belt came into contestant and the first Thai vs. Thai fight in South Africa, making history in our country. Augusta facing his opponent Teerapong a close two rounds going back and forth show casing good Muaythai Technique were Augusta proved to be the stronger and fitter fighter of the two and knocking him out and clamming his victory, Augusta winning the fight with a KO.

Fight #7The Finale of “The Way of the Warrior” took place between the last two remaining contestants. With the official weigh-ins completed, the Grand Finale was inches closer. Glen looked in shape and Andrew focused but got in a little pre-fight. But hey, what’s a little shoving between friends? Andrew “the Hedgehog” Koshiaros vs. Glen “the Blister” Lyndon battling it out to hold the Way of the Warrior title belt and be the ‘Ultimate Warrior’! The fight went all the rounds could see Andrew had the heart but was unable to score the points to win. Andrew and Glen went the distance and Glen won the fight on points.
 

Cape Town Fifa Fan Fest

10 Days, 15 Hours, 15 Minutes and some change, left till one of the greatest public parties hits the shores of Cape Town!!

If you were’nt able to get your tickets to support your team, if you’re not going to be at the Grand Arena Experience, then you need to be at the Fifa Fan Fest in Cape Town.

The Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest is the iconic Heritage Fan Fest of the FIFA 2010 World Cup. It is situated on the Grand Parade in the heart of The Mother City. This area, engulfed with over 350 years in rich history, where Nelson Mandela addressed us fellow South Africans as a free man in February of 1990, after spending 27 long years behind bars for standing up for his beliefs, will be exploding with fun at the foot of Table Mountain, in front of the City Hall and next to the Historic Castle of Good Hope (South Africa’s oldest building!)

So what’s to expect?

With the most spirited football (soccer) atmospheric experience, it will definitely be the most fun you can have without a ticket! Every match day the Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest will broadcast all the FIFA Soccer World Cup matches live on a 70sqm screen – so you don’t miss one single goal.

Unless you’re distracted by all the other attractions, which include Arts &Crafts stalls, food and beverage refreshment stands in the Chill Zone as well as interactive activity zones, including 5-a-side soccer pitches. Group match viewing experiences in the historic City hall will also be available.There is also a daily entertainment lineup between matches that will blow your mind. There will be over 100 performances at the CTFFF, this lineup will include shows from local artists such as Goldfish and K’naan as well as performances from African Marimba bands, local DJ’s and new and emerging talent.

Want to find out more, go to: Fifa Fan Fest

 Location, Location, Location:

 Venue

 Grand Parade – Central Cape Town Map

 Capacity

 25,000

 Opening Dates

 11 June – 11 July (Match playing days)

 Opening Hours

 11:00 to 23:00

 Distance to Stadium

 2,6km

 Distance to Airport

 22km

If you’re not going to be in Cape Town during the World Cup, and would still like to experience the FIFA FAN FEST, click on the link below and navigate to your part of the world to see if they are getting in on the fun.
FIFA FAN FEST INTERNATIONAL

New York Mayor backs 15 level Mosque at ground zero

New York, USA – The mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg backed the building of a massive mosque in New York. He said on Friday that muslims have the right to do so. There are massive protests currently in New York and around the US where people protest against the building of a mosque in New York because they believe Muslims will use the mosque to show their victory.

Michael Bloomberg said “What is great about America and particularly New York is we welcome everybody, and if we are so afraid of something like this, what does that say about us?…If you are religious, you do not want the government picking religions, because what do you do the day they don’t pick yours?”

Union of South Africa, 100 years ago, Republic of South Africa, 50 years ago.

 Cape Town, South Africa – 31 May 1910 was the day that the Union of South Africa came into being. The Union of South Africa came from the merging of the Cape Colony that was under British rule and the Colony of Natal as well at the Transvaal and the Orange River Colony.

South Africa became a Republic on 31 May 1961 and 40 years later the day would be remembered for the day the ANC led government destroyed the monument of former prime minister Johannes Gerhardus Strijdom.

Republic day was a public holiday until the ANC took control of South Africa and is mostly not celebrated by the majority of South Africans anymore.

War in Afghanistan and Iraq costs America $1trillion

 Washington, USA – On May 30th at 10:06 the United States reached the point where they have spent $1trillion on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a war that that cost over 1 million people their lives and was also admitted at one point to be purely for oil (in Iraq). 

America’s war is bankrupting their people. 

In 2002, Barack Obama stated . . . 
"I don’t oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other arm-chair, weekend warriors in this Administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.
What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income—to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression.
That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics."