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Palestinian “Humanitarian” Organizers Induce Predictable Response

Posted by Jason Ihle | 4 Comments

And the world falls into line just as their cynical behavior called for.

The humanitarian aid flotilla, while attempting to “bring aid” to the poor Palestinians in Gaza, engaged in live fire action with the Israeli military. Early reports are saying at least 10 people were killed.

According to the NY Times, some of the activists opened fire on the Israeli soldiers, Miglior prodotto per sbiancamento denti who returned fire.

“That is a lie,” said Greta Berlin, a leader of the pro-Palestinian Free Gaza Movement, speaking by telephone from Cyprus. She said it was inconceivable that the civilian passengers on board would have been “waiting up to fire on the Israeli military, with all its might.”

The thing is, I think it’s absolutely conceivable that civilian passengers would open fire on the Israeli military. Having the return fire of the “Israeli military, with all its might” is exactly what they were hoping for. Like the flotilla itself, which is hardly about its trumped up “humanitarian” mission, it’s a cynical ploy to engage the Israeli government in action that will be viewed the world over as further proof of the blood libel.

Opening fire on the Israeli military while they’re boarding your ship carrying contraband is no different than Hamas and Hizbollah firing rockets daily into Israel. The ultimate goal is not to kill civilians and destroy property (an ancillary benefit, to be sure) but to goad the government into a military response which will be unpopular at the UN and in the international community. Because Israel is the only nation on earth that is forbidden from defending itself. I’ll steal from Meryl Yourish here: Israeli double standard time. But don’t worry, it only happens on days that end in ‘y’.

If the mission were truly about a humanitarian cause, then why did the organizers reject the offer of the family of Gilad Shalit to give their full support to the mission in exchange for allowing aid packages and visits by his family? Because if they’d accepted the offer and the Israeli government allowed the flotilla to enter, they would have had to do real humanitarian aid work AND they probably would have discovered 1 of 2 things: No access would be granted to the imprisoned Shalit or he was already dead. Either of those outcomes would have confirmed what the Israeli government has maintained all along.

Then there’s this choice quote:

“We wish to make clear that such tragedies are entirely avoidable if Israel heeds the repeated calls of the international community to end its counterproductive and unacceptable blockade of Gaza,” the officials said.

In other words, “Jesus! If Israel would just concede to the wishes of their hostile neighbors, renounce their right to a Jewish homeland, then we wouldn’t have these problems anymore. Why can’t you go back to marching into the gas chambers like you used to do?”

Update: To clarify because I originally wrote this post in the heat of the moment and before most of the information had come through, it appears that Israel’s tactics here were a huge PR mistake. Sending in commandos in a nighttime raid, when they should have fully expected armed resistance (the ship they boarded was the Turkish ship, backed by Hamas – a terrorist organization lest we forget). But please, before commenting, let’s try to keep in mind that this was not the “civilian humanitarian effort” most of the media and European leaders would have you believe it was. I’d say it’s more than likely that those who attacked the soldiers either were set up as or saw themselves as martyrs in the fight against Israel’s existence. And if so, their deaths are no more significant than any in a long line of suicide bombers.


4 Responses to “Palestinian “Humanitarian” Organizers Induce Predictable Response”

  1. Matt F.
    May 31st, 2010 @

    My father posed an interesting question a few minutes ago regarding this incident,

    “what the fuck was the military doing, 70 miles offshore, in the middle of international waters!?”

    Good question, and one I am sure the media will not discuss in detail.

  2. Jason Ihle
    May 31st, 2010 @

    It was a severe miscalculation on the part of the Israeli government, it looks like.

    But look, the organizers of the flotilla knew 100% without a doubt that they would be stopped and boarded by the military.

    Any claims that the militants on board were simply defending themselves because they were in international waters is bogus. They knew full well what was coming and accounts suggest the commandos went in with riot gear and paint ball guns (and sidearms in the event their lives were in danger).

    The purpose of the flotilla was to elicit a response. Otherwise why not allow the goods to be transferred overland, as the Israeli government offered? Why bring less in than already reaches Gaza through the tunnels into Egypt on a weekly basis?

    I think Israel screwed the pooch a bit on this, but I certainly don’t see it as war crimes.

  3. Joel Friedlander
    June 1st, 2010 @

    What is most aggravating about all this is that it is proof that the current Netanyahu Administration is not in control of its people. For example, when Joe Biden was visiting Israel, the Israeli department of dumb ass decides that it is a good time to announce that there will be additional building in settlement areas. That, like this raid was foolishly done.

    Somehow, it appears that there is no one at home working at the Israeli Diplomatic Corps. Now, for a people who have managed to survive for thousands of years in the face of intense hatred, that isn’t too comforting for the future.

  4. Jason
    June 1st, 2010 @

    I keep reading a lot of commentary saying that Israel violated international law by boarding a ship in international waters. Again and again I read they “had no right” to do so.

    Yet unsurprisingly I have yet to see anyone actually cite international statutes related to this.

    In fact, though it isn’t legally binding, the Israeli government has cited the San Remo Manual which allows for the action they took.

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