So, this morning as I’m scanning the news before heading out for some pool time with a niece and nephew, chanced upon an article that was almost balanced on the political theater of anti-Israel activists, including a number with ties to terrorist organizations. The AP did note the allegations (actually more than allegations) that the ships included men eager to, um, well, provoke the Israelis to violent action:
Israel’s prime minister claimed Sunday that the Turkish activists who battled Israeli naval commandos in a deadly clash last week had prepared for the fight ahead of time — boarding the ship separately from other passengers after they organized and equipped themselves.
Without the slightest trace of irony, AP writer Joseph Federman reports that one of the organizers of the political stunt, er, flotilla, “Huwaida Arraf [is] a leader of the Free Gaza Movement”. Free Gaza Movement, huh? Hasn’t Gaza been free of Israeli occupation for five years now?
Now, Israeli may prevent arms from reaching the terrorist-run enclave, but, they do allow humanitarian assistance in. If Mr. Arraf favors a Free Gaza, shouldn’t he be registering opposition not to Israel, but to Hamas, the terrorist organization which runs the enclave?
But, Mr. Arraf’s operation has nothing to do with freeing Gaza, but instead with waging a propaganda campaign against Israel, or, as Roger Simon put it in a must-read peace on the Helen Thomas kerfuffle, it’s all about blaming the Jews. We are, alas, entering a new era of anti-Semitism.
And the folks who hate the Jews tend not to have a high opinion of homosexuals.
The world, Jennifer Rubin, observes has “gone mad,” with the purveyors of proper opinion siding with the enemies of civilization (you know, enemies of those tolerant of religious and sexual difference). ”If,” this sage blogress writes, “we cannot recognize the enemy, we cannot defeat him. And if we prevent clear-eyed allies from doing so, we lose allies, our moral standing, and the war on our civilization.”
It seems now that it’s better to blame the Jews than to make a stand for civilization.
Let me close by reiterating the point that this flotilla has nothing to do with humanitarian aid and everything to do with political theater. As the indispensable Charles Krauthammer reminds us:
Oh, but weren’t the Gaza-bound ships on a mission of humanitarian relief? No. Otherwise they would have accepted Israel’s offer to bring their supplies to an Israeli port, be inspected for military materiel and have the rest trucked by Israel into Gaza — as every week 10,000 tons of food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies are sent by Israel to Gaza.
Why was the offer refused? Because, as organizer Greta Berlin admitted, the flotilla was not about humanitarian relief but about breaking the blockade, i.e., ending Israel’s inspection regime, which would mean unlimited shipping into Gaza and thus the unlimited arming of Hamas.
Those condemning Israel seem oblivious to the rearming of a terrorist entity. Do they even understand what’s at stake?
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