Tuesday, September 28, 2010

'Jewish' Blockade-Buster Boat Update

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/jewish-gaza-bound-activists-idf-used-excessive-force-in-naval-raid-1.316247

"No words to describe what we went through during the takeover"

It really is hard to know what to make of the 'testimonies' of the passengers abroad the Irene once the boat was taken over by Israeli armed force personnel. 

Bearing in mind that the nine had plenty of time to concoct a story they could all stick to, it is rather confusing that, on the one hand, they reported being met with extreme IDF brutality, they "just jumped us, and hit us. I was hit with a taser gun." And, "Some of the soldiers treated us atrociously." And there were "no words to describe what we went through during the takeover." And, "I can't believe Israeli soldiers would treat nine Jews this way. They just hit people."

But, on the other hand, once they were all aboard the military vessel on the way to Ashdod, a Channel 10 reporter said that the activists "managed to have a serious heart-to-heart conversation with the soldiers,"  and that "overall the atmosphere was good."

But, the organizers' website doesn't mention any of this. You woudda thunk that they'd be working all their sources and angles to find out what really happened and to issue an urgent press release highlighting Israeli brutality. Instead, their latest press release states only that the group's Israeli attorney demanded to see her clients and that the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel asked to send "an independent doctor to visit the passengers immediately, after hearing from organizers that at least one passenger suffers from serious chronic health problems and is in need of medical care." Notice: the passenger suffers from chronic health problems. Why would you put yourself in such a position unless you hoped that you would be able to exploit your frailty.

At the end of the press release, JFJFP spokesman, Richard Kuper, issued a boiler-plate condemnation of the Israeli army’s apparent action (what action -- that the group were handcuffed and their cell phones taken away?) and that the way it (the boat) is being treated by Israeli authorities indicates that they have no real intentions of reaching peace.

These silly, narcissistic, fools, whose empty gesture will gain the Palestinians nothing, got exactly what they came for. They knew they would be intercepted. I wouldn't be surprised if they were hoping for a bit of violence just to underscore the 'importance' of their mission.


FYI - here is an interesting discussion about Jews and anti-Zionism:
http://engageonline.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/are-jews-ashamed-of-being-jewish/


See also this fascinating post from the Elder of Ziyon who reports that Hamas isn't so crazy about this Jewish boat:  http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2010/09/hamas-not-thrilled-with-jewish-ship-to.html

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