Israelis harshly treat Jewish boat activists

Israeli left-wing activists protest at the beach near the port of Ashdod, in the Mediterranean sea, southern Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. Israeli naval forces on Tuesday intercepted a catamaran carrying nine Jewish activists as they sailed toward the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces encountered no resistance taking control of the sailboat and escorted to the Israeli port of Ashdod, the military said. The incident occurred four months after a deadly Israeli raid on an international flotilla, in which nine Turkish activists were killed in clashes with naval commandos. Banners in Hebrew read, from left to right: "Prostheses are dangerous?!", "End the occupation", "Drugs = security hazard?!", and "Stop the siege of Gaza". (AP Photo/Yehuda Lahyani) ** ISRAEL OUT **
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Israeli left-wing activists protest at the beach near the port of Ashdod, in the Mediterranean sea, southern Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. Israeli naval forces on Tuesday intercepted a catamaran carrying nine Jewish activists as they sailed toward the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces encountered no resistance taking control of the sailboat and escorted to the Israeli port of Ashdod, the military said. The incident occurred four months after a deadly Israeli raid on an international flotilla, in which nine Turkish activists were killed in clashes with naval commandos. Banners in Hebrew read, from left to right: "Prostheses are dangerous?!", "End the occupation", "Drugs = security hazard?!", and "Stop the siege of Gaza".

Jewish activists who sought to defy Israel's naval blockade of Gaza say they were treated harshly when soldiers seized their vessel.

Itamar Shapira said Wednesday that his brother, Yonatan, a former Israeli air force pilot, was shocked with a Taser gun while passively resisting arrest by sitting down and embracing another passenger. Shapira said the 67-year-old boat captain was knocked over.

Israel's military had said the vessel was seized peacefully Tuesday. It did not comment on Shapira's report.

Three of the four foreign nationals aboard have been deported.

Israel imposed the blockade after the militant Islamic group Hamas took power of Gaza in 2007.

In May, Israeli commandos raided a Turkish-led flotilla and killed nine pro-Palestinian activists. Both sides say they acted in self-defense.