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‘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 attempt to intercept one of the ships that was part of an international Gaza aid flotilla ended in disaster. At least nine people on board the ship died. Seven Israeli commandos are said to be injured…

While details of the incident are still emerging, one thing is clear: Israel’s policy of blockading Gaza is untenable and increasingly indefensible. The time has come for a re-evaluation of current policies….

Without doubt, Israel has a right to defend itself from attack. At the same time, Israel has learned through painful experience that military force alone cannot eliminate threats. It is time for a new approach….

Notice that Jewish Voice for Peace does no such waffling. It condemns the attack and says that Israel has "blood on its hands."

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