Israel has repeatedly accused such Arab countries as Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran. Libya, Saudi Arabia and others of maintaining terrorist groups. Israel’s allegations were fair, it is easy to understand its indignation. But what would you say, if you found out that Jews had sinned too? The smuggling of arms to the countries of the “axis of evil” has become very well-organized in Israel.
The customs of the Hamburg port confirmed the detention of the Israeli vessel, which was carrying smuggled goods for Iran. News agencies reported that the freight belonged to a private firm in Israel. The defense department of Israel said that the ship was carrying spare parts for army vehicles. The department also informed that there was a permission issued for that and that Thailand was registered in the documents of the firm as the point of destination.
The name of the ship, the owner of the freight and the point of destination are not known exactly. The official information is contrary to the one that media outlets have. The German authorities said that the freight was meant for Iran. Israel TV company reported that the ship was called Zim Antwerp I, it was also added that the vessel had not arrived in Hamburg yet. The German service of AP news agency advised that the German authorities did not allow to unload the ship in Hamburg.
German electronic media reported that the Hamburg police said that they did not have any information on the subject. On the other hand, the shipping service of Hamburg confirmed that there was a ship called Zim Antwerp I anchored in the container area of the port. It was added that the ship belonged to an Israeli shipping company, although it was traveling under Panama’s flag.
A fact is a stubborn thing to deal with, so a little bit later German officials confirmed the impounding of the military equipment freight in Hamburg. This was said by Hamburg customs official Gerhard Schulte.