Nice Work CNN [NOT]
CNN has this up: Gaza relief boat damaged in encounter with Israeli vessel
(CNN) — An Israeli patrol boat struck a boat carrying medical volunteers and supplies to Gaza early Tuesday as it attempted to intercept the vessel in the Mediterranean Sea, witnesses and Israeli officials said.
CNN correspondent Karl Penhaul was aboard the 60-foot pleasure boat Dignity when the contact occurred. When the boat later docked in the Lebanese port city of Tyre, severe damage was visible to the forward port side of the boat, and the front left window and part of the roof had collapsed. It was flying the flag of Gibraltar.
The Dignity was carrying crew and 16 passengers — physicians from Britain, Germany and Cyprus and human rights activists from the Free Gaza Solidarity Movement — who were trying to reach Gaza through an Israeli blockade of the territory.
Also on board was former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney.
Penhaul said an Israeli patrol boat shined its spotlight on the Dignity, and then it and another patrol boat shadowed the Dignity for about a half hour before the collision.
One patrol boat “very severely rammed” the Dignity, Penhaul said.
Penhaul is a CNN reporter. He was on the vessel. He says the Israelis rammed the vessel. Why is CNN using “weasel terms” like “made contact”. The Dignity was severely damaged and taking on water. Everyone on the vessel says they were rammed by the Israeli navy vessels. The assault occurred 90 miles from Gaza in international waters.
Why is CNN reporting on Israeli protests about Cynthia McKinney being on a vessel in international waters and downplaying the facts reported by their own employee? It doesn’t take any great store of knowledge to know you have been rammed by another vessel. Their employee told them what the boat was carrying and who was on board. The law of the sea is another international norm Israel doesn’t feel obliged to follow.