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Tuesday, June 01, 2010



If you aren't outraged enough at Israel's terrorist murder of 10-20 unarmed humanitarians on the high seas, try reading the lead editorial in the Washington Post today. First comes this:
We have no sympathy for the motives of the participants in the flotilla -- a motley collection that included European sympathizers with the Palestinian cause, Israeli Arab leaders and Turkish Islamic activists. Israel says that some of the organizers have ties to Hamas and al-Qaeda. What's plain is that the group's nominal purpose, delivering "humanitarian" supplies to Gaza, was secondary to the aim of provoking a confrontation.
How do I detest thee? Let me count the ways. "No sympathy" for people delivering aid to a blockaded people? Are you kidding me? And then quoting Israel, without the slightest proof, about ties not only to Hamas (which might be plausible) but to Al Qaeda no less? And, last but not least, putting "humanitarian" in quotes. As if even the "worst" thing they were bringing, concrete to rebuilt the thousands of houses destroyed by Israel, is not a humanitarian gesture.

But if that wasn't bad enough, try this on for size:

So far there's been no indication the boats carried missiles or other arms for Hamas.
So far!!! As if A) there was ever the slightest indication that such arms shipments were involved, especially considering the Free Gaza movement is led by pacifists; and B) if there were even a pea-shooter on board, as if Israel wouldn't be showing it off proudly to the world's media. Indeed, even Israel has admitted that the only two guns found in the possession of the activists were guns taken from Israeli commandos, that is, there were no guns on board before the Israelis brought them there.


Update: And for an extra measure of outrage, try this: An American activist lost her eye in a demonstration in the West Bank yesterday, shot in the face with a tear gas canister.

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