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‘Washington Post’ equates flotilla with jihad

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Oh god. I mean, I hope there’s a god. One with a long white beard that’ll take the neocons out to the karma woodshed and spank em… Piece is by Scott Wilson in today’s Post, "Israel says Free Gaza Movement poses threat to the Jewish state," and the word Islamists is in the lead. God […]

Klein: ‘These boats were like the messages passed between prison bars’

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Naomi Klein, who is on the advisory board of the Free Gaza Movement, spoke in Toronto today. Some excerpts: We will not let this carnage stand… The only response to illegal collective punishment is collective solidarity and action. That is what the humanitarian boats embodied…. Gazans live in an open-air prison sealed off from the […]

The U.S.S. Liberty and the culture of impunity

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The attack on the USS Liberty is one of the great enigmas of US-Israel relations. On June 8, 1967, in the middle of the Six-Day War, Israeli planes attacked an American spy ship, the Liberty, that was in international waters off the coast of Egypt, listening in on secret communications. The attacks appeared to be […]

‘I cried when they threw out Noam Chomsky’

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When they threw Noam Chomsky out two weeks ago, I teared up. I guess at some level, I believe in the goodness of the Jewish state, these are my people, they couldn’t be that bad. How could they do that?! Or to riff of the famous Phil Ochs line, Love me love me love me […]

Obama’s opportunity, and test

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Steve Walt has a good long post on Israel’s disgraceful actions, and says that this is Obama’s opportunity re his commitment to ending the I/P conflict, a perfect opportunity to condemn Israel’s actions and muscle Israel on two states. Along the way he says the Zionist dream has gone wrong, we should be talking sanction, […]

What if it had been Somalis?

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The Guardian editorial, which leads, Nothing has done more to give Israel pariah-state status than its own military’s actions: “If an armed group of Somali pirates had yesterday boarded six vessels on the high seas, killing at least 10 passengers and injuring many more, a Nato taskforce would today be heading for the Somali coast. […]

How they do it

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Issandr El Amrani on how the Israelis managed to dominate the news agenda today, with hasbara: Al Jazeera English had multiple correspondents available reporting live, as well as people in-studio. It covered the issue non-stop for much of the morning. But TV is highly demanding medium, it needs new content all the time — and […]

Turkish jurisdiction

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A comment on the legal aspects of Israeli attack from Craig Murray, ex UK Ambassador and one time Foreign Office specialist on maritime law. From his website: "A word on the legal position, which is very plain. To attack a foreign flagged vessel in international waters is illegal. It is not piracy, as the Israeli […]

NPR plays he-said/he-said with one-sided attack

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NPR’s Renee Montagne this morning left out Israel’s alleged crimes against International Law and downplayed the violence of the Israeli naval attack on unarmed humanitarians: "A flotilla headed for Gaza carrying pro-Palestinian activists and tons of aid took a stunning turn early this morning when a deadly confrontation with Israeli naval forces left at least […]

Israel apologists and the Israeli national will

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Depending on ones view of Israel, the deaths that occurred on the decks of the Mavi Marmara early today are either reprehensible, tragic, regrettable, or — a cause for celebration. Someone just wrote to me: “Too bad you weren’t on that ship with the rest of the terror supporters. Anyone touching an IDF soldier deserves […]

Diana Buttu: Anger, angst and shock among Palestinians over Israeli attack on flotilla

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Angry protests have erupted all over the world, Israeli ambassadors have been summoned in many countries, and military exercises with Greece have been canceled in response to the Israeli Navy killing up to 19 Palestine solidarity activists that were part of the flotilla aiming to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. In occupied Palestine and Israel, […]

Obama should join alt lobby and call for lifting of siege

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Earlier today I knocked Americans for Peace Now; but let’s be clear about something: Peace Now has called for lifting the blockade on Gaza. So has J Street: J Street has been and continues to be opposed to the blockade – believing that there are better ways to ensure Israel’s security and to prevent weapons […]

‘American Jewish Committee’ says flotilla activists used ‘automatic weapons’ on Israelis

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David Harris of the American Jewish Committee condemns the flotilla: "When Israeli commandos boarded the ships, they were met with violence from a supposedly non-violent group, including gunfire from automatic weapons and attacks with knives and axes. Several Israelis were wounded. As a result of the clash triggered by the pro-Hamas group, a number of […]

Flotilla is global gamechanger– just like ‘Exodus’

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George Friedman at the hardboiled realist site, Stratfor (h/t Mark Wauck): [Exodus author Leon] Uris…used an amalgam of incidents to display the propaganda war waged by the Jews. Those carrying out this war had two goals. The first was to create sympathy in Britain and throughout the world for Jews who, just a couple of […]

Falk calls for criminal prosecution of those behind raid

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Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian territories: “Israel is guilty of shocking behavior by using deadly weapons against unarmed civilians on ships that were situated in the high seas where freedom of navigation exists, according to the law of the seas,” Mr. Falk said. “It is essential that those Israelis responsible […]

Alarmed by ‘military operation,’ rabbis’ group calls for end to siege

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The following letter was put together by a group of progressive rabbis, including Lynn Gottlieb, Alissa Wise, Brant Rosen, and Michael Lerner: Open the Gates: A Rabbinical Response to the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Tragedy Dear Friends, In the wake of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla tragedy, we once again we feel the need to raise our […]

‘Americans for Peace Now’ characterizes flotilla as a ‘threat’

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NPR just now portrayed the flotilla raid as a legitimate response by Israel to resistance on board. Sheera Frenkel quoted Israel sources chiefly on the attempted "lynching" of Israeli commandos. (I think there was one statement attributed to a flotilla rep). Notice that Americans for Peace Now is incapable of condemning the action: An Israeli […]

how to win friends and influence people

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Reuters has the international reaction statements. Typical: SPANISH SECRETARY OF STATE DIEGO LOPEZ GARRIDO: "Spain unequivocally condemns the Israeli attack on the humanitarian flotilla and it does so as a country and as the acting president of the EU Council. Spain has summoned the Israeli ambassador to ask him for explanations of the attack.

Facing armed attack in international waters

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When a civilian passenger ship comes under military attack in international waters, should we be surprised — or even critical — when some of the passengers mount a defense? According to CNN, which has made itself into a mouthpiece for the Israeli Defense Forces, the flotilla massacre was a “skirmish”, which the dictionary defines as […]

Gaza responds to the freedom flotilla massacre

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The following press release was sent out this morning: We Gaza based Palestinian Civil Society Organizations and International activists call on the international community and civil society to pressure their governments and Israel to cease the abductions and killings in Israel’s attacks against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla sailing for Gaza, and begin a global response […]

American Jewish Committee rushes to justify attack

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from American Jewish Committee’s "Z-word" website "The use of greater force from the start might have led to one or two hotheads getting killed but might well have kept the final body count down to more manageable proportions."   And this: "Judging from the pop-eyed rage expressed by some of those aboard towards the yahudiler […]

How can Obama meet Netanyahu after this?

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Update – Haaretz: Netanyahu cancels Obama meeting in wake of deadly Gaza flotilla clashes My sifting of the news so far: NYT says at least 10 dead, Al Jazeera says at least 19 (and tens of thousands protesting in Turkey). Unconfirmed reports from Haifa hospital say 25-26 dead. AJE is most informative. And apparently even Israel […]

Defensive ‘Times’ describes attack as ‘propaganda coup’ for ‘Israel’s foes’

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The New York Times’ Isabel Kershner reports more than 10 dead and then offers the following grotesque commentary: "The criticism [of Israel over the attack] offered a propaganda coup to Israel’s foes, particularly the Hamas group that holds sway in Gaza." A coup is a blow. Is it possible for the Times to report who has […]

In Beirut– anger and devastation

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I am angry. I am devastated. I just returned from a protest in Beirut and people are outraged. When will this fearsome monster cease to exist? And how many innocents will it gnash and gnaw through before it’s over? The Israeli Zionist death cult harvested 19 corpses somewhere off the coast of Gaza today. Peace activists, unarmed […]