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The Gaza Flotilla:
Political Theater in War on Western Civilization

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:32 am - June 6, 2010.
Filed under: Anti-Western Attitudes,Media Bias,War On Terror

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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31 Comments

  1. Of course the flotilla was political theater – it was a protest after all!

    Hamas is denying the aid for more political theater, because what they really want is construction materials. Israel is not letting those materials in. So people are living in tents, unsanitary conditions and multiple families are packed small apartments.
    Hamas wants to highlight this, while Israel wants to sweep that fact under the rug and instead highlight wheelchairs.

    So please explain how criticizing Israel for not allowing the Palestinian people to build homes is Anti-Semitic.

    Further I have yet to see any evidence that Helen Thomas hates Jews, she only seems to be anti-the State of Israel’s policies. – Maybe I just have not found it yet, if so please show me.
    It is possible to be anti- Israeli Policy w/o being Anti-Semantic.

    Comment by gillie — June 6, 2010 @ 12:27 pm - June 6, 2010

  2. Further many folks think that the only way to “win” the “War on Western Civilization” is to solve the Israeli / Palestinian conflict once and for all.

    It can only be won through negotiation. Israel needs to hold their noses and start working with the terrorist org Hamas to try and nail down some kind of peace that will cool down this powderkeg of violence.

    There is no military solution and the endless occupation cannot last.
    The only way to save “whats at stake” is to deal with the reality on the ground, move settlers out, give East Jerusalem back to the Palestinians and see what happens.

    Comment by gillie — June 6, 2010 @ 12:46 pm - June 6, 2010

  3. While generally I support Israel; to conflate “anti-semitism” with “anti-Zionism”, and just criticism of Israeli actions, is intellectually lazy and potentially slanderous. When the Israeli government reacts stupidly, it’s supporters need to accept that critical commentary will ensue….and not react with knee-jerk claims of “anti-Semite!”.

    And since the Israeli people seem reluctant to resolve the dichotomy of being an liberal, thriving democracy and the doctrine of a “Jewish state”, they have an in-built cultural paradox.

    Personally, I suspect that a one unified federated-state or three-state solution is inevitable…the two-state solution isn’t going anywhere.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — June 6, 2010 @ 1:47 pm - June 6, 2010

  4. I’ve often disagreed with Israeli actions in the occupied areas. Yet in this Gaza situation I see no alternative but what they are doing. For years, I disagreed with their building settlements in the West Bank. I have a friend whose uncle made a fortune convincing Christian Arabs that they should sell their land at depressed prices, then reselling the properties to the extremist settlers.
    Yet three years ago Israel did abandon their settlements in Gaza in the pursuit of peace, but to what avail?
    There are certainly no easy answers, as the people of Israel themselves know. We who are 6000 miles removed and who don’t have to install bomb shelters in our homes have every right to be concerned and to hope for a solution, unlikely as that seems. But those 7 million people have the right to defend themselves. Please spare us pontificating politicians and the hair-brained extremist followers who have no skin in the game.

    Comment by MAN — June 6, 2010 @ 2:20 pm - June 6, 2010

  5. Hamas is denying the aid for more political theater, because what they really want is construction materials. Israel is not letting those materials in. So people are living in tents, unsanitary conditions and multiple families are packed small apartments.
    Hamas wants to highlight this, while Israel wants to sweep that fact under the rug and instead highlight wheelchairs.

    You’re forgetting that Egypt also participated in this blockade until last week. In addition, you are ignoring the patently obvious: Hamas is using the blockade as an excuse to keep power. Very classic move on the part of brutal regimes regardless of ideology or religion. Construction materials have been allowed through, 9000 tons in 2009 alone. Because of the rocket attacks by Hamas on Israel from Gaza they want to be sure any materials are for specific building projects and not terrorist facilities. It is Hamas that is responsible for the conditions the Palestinians live in within Gaza. No one is asking Hamas to like Israel, but stop the rocket attacks, end the border incursions and knock off the terrorism and there is no need for a blockade. What exactly do you think Israel can do in this situation?

    Comment by John — June 6, 2010 @ 3:03 pm - June 6, 2010

  6. It can only be won through negotiation. Israel needs to hold their noses and start working with the terrorist org Hamas to try and nail down some kind of peace that will cool down this powderkeg of violence.

    Can you be any more naive? In order to reach a sustainable peace agreement it takes both parties to negotiate. Hamas will not recognize Israel and refuses to do anything more than temporary cease fires. That’s not peace but a constant state of war that only continues the cycle of violence.

    Comment by John — June 6, 2010 @ 3:06 pm - June 6, 2010

  7. Personally, I suspect that a one unified federated-state or three-state solution is inevitable…the two-state solution isn’t going anywhere.
    The first is not an option. Neither side would agree to cede power to the other whom they believe want to wipe them out. It would be akin to asking us to share power with the Taliban or al-Qaeda in order to end our conflict with them. Ain’t gonna happen. As for the two-state solution, that’s possible. The 3 state solution with Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank is not.

    Comment by John — June 6, 2010 @ 3:09 pm - June 6, 2010

  8. Further I have yet to see any evidence that Helen Thomas hates Jews, she only seems to be anti-the State of Israel’s policies.

    Well, of course. That’s because you are an Obama Party member, in which blaming the Jews, stating that the Jews are the cause of all your problems, that the Jews should be shipped back to Poland, and even demanding the gassing and murder of Jews is not anti-Jew, because that’s what spews from your pulpits, your press agents, your President, and the rest of your leftist allies. You don’t even recognize anti-Jewish hatred because that is what has been normalized in your leftist world.

    Ace had an excellent post on this a month ago.

    Liberals love being instructed that their opinions are not liberal at all, because if their opinions are liberal, that implies a choice has been made, and if there ever was in fact a choice, that implies (though it does not prove) that another choice was possible and even legitimate, and liberals are not fond of acknowledging that opinions contrary to their own have some merit.

    They prefer being instructed that their opinions are not opinions at all, but facts and/or simple common sense and/or the manifestly just and right way to view the world.

    They do not usually acknowledge their politics as matters of ethics, in which one’s responsibilities, duties, and rights depend upon one’s starting assumptions about what is to be more or less highly valued, which is, in itself, largely an arbitrary (or at least highly arguable) choice.

    People can debate ethics.

    They prefer to view their politics as a matter of strict black and white morality in which their view is not arguably the more ethical or sound one, but in which their view is Good (capital G optional), and the opposite politics are Evil (capital E required.)

    One can debate such ethical dilemmas such as whether it’s better to see your kid go hungry or steal a loaf of bread from another family.

    One can’t argue, really, whether or not it’s better to do Good than it is to do Evil.

    Liberals favor the latter formulation. And because they’ve had 60 year of stultifying reinforcement of their prejudices by a lockstep MFM and academy, they’ve gotten quite accustomed to that formulation, and actually tend to get emotionally angry when it’s suggested they’ve not really chosen Good over Evil so much as their idiosyncratic and arbitrary preference for one good (no capital g) over another, arguably just-as-valuable good.

    In the gillie world, Jews are Evil, therefore everything they do is wrong.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — June 6, 2010 @ 3:13 pm - June 6, 2010

  9. Gillie,

    It [the Israeli / Palestinian conflict] can only be won through negotiation.

    How do you negotiate with someone who’s starting point is “We must have you dead”?

    And, since when are rockets considered building material?

    Comment by Jax Dancer — June 6, 2010 @ 3:14 pm - June 6, 2010

  10. Btw Ted, we’ve seen such “federation” solutions tried before with ethnic/religious groups that despise each other and they either fail miserably or end up leaving the group that falls into the minority being persecuted horribly. Many such artificial states are the legacy of European colonialism that drew borders to suit their own imperialist needs and not the local realities. Others like Yugoslavia came from an attempt to end war. This gets tried over and over again and we’ve seen very little return for our investment in such a folly.

    Comment by John — June 6, 2010 @ 3:17 pm - June 6, 2010

  11. “How do you negotiate with someone who’s starting point is “We must have you dead”?”
    I agree. Its a sucky situation. But its the only way forward. The status quo is untenable

    John – I am not naive I understand that Hamas is a pack of lying murdering thugs – I have seen their brutality with my own eyes – but they are in charge and putting blinders on is not going to change anything. Israel must begin working with them.

    Also a unified state will never happen because Jews would be the minority and Israel would no longer be a Jewish State. Instead it would become a Muslim State with a lot of Jews in it.
    Israel will become a two states someday. My guess they will do it unilaterally hopefully sooner than later.

    NDT – get help. Seriously.

    Comment by gillie — June 6, 2010 @ 3:27 pm - June 6, 2010

  12. John – I am not naive I understand that Hamas is a pack of lying murdering thugs – I have seen their brutality with my own eyes –

    And you still endorse, support, and promote them as the solution, while blaming Jews for everything.

    That is what makes you so obviously delusional and pathetic, gillie. You side with and support and refuse to condemn or reprimand a group of people who have stated, flat out, that their goal is to eradicate an entire group of people based on their religious beliefs.

    You support and endorse lying, murdering thugs. Even more hilarious, you propose breaking apart a constitutional democracy to give these lying, murdering thugs their own country in which they will have free rein to be lying, murdering thugs.

    You admit that Hamas lies constantly, but believe their promises that they will be peaceful if you just punish the Jews for them. You admit that they are murdering thugs, but insist they will stop if the Jews are gotten rid of and sent back to Poland, as Helen Thomas demands.

    “Get help”, indeed. Think about why you and your Obama Party hate Jews so much, gillie. Think about why you endorse Hamas.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — June 6, 2010 @ 3:35 pm - June 6, 2010

  13. And again, gillie, you demonstrate the liberal mentality so nicely, as Ace describes it.

    They prefer to view their politics as a matter of strict black and white morality in which their view is not arguably the more ethical or sound one, but in which their view is Good (capital G optional), and the opposite politics are Evil (capital E required.)

    In your world, it is simple. Israel and the Jews are Evil, Hamas is Good.

    Your cognitive dissonance becomes even more hilariously obvious when you try to blabber that Hamas is a bunch of “lying, murdering thugs” whose “brutality” you have “seen with your own eyes”, but in this little melodrama, as always, the correct answer is for those Evil Jews to be punished, and Good Hamas to be given whatever they want — unilaterally, by fiat, with the Evil Jews being stripped of everything and having it handed over to Good Hamas.

    I always wondered why you were so hateful towards Dan. Now I think I understand completely.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — June 6, 2010 @ 3:39 pm - June 6, 2010

  14. It is possible to be anti- Israeli Policy w/o being Anti-Semantic.

    an·ti-Sem·ite –noun
    a person who discriminates against or is prejudiced or hostile toward Jews.

    Call me crazy, but support for those who favor genocide sounds hostile toward to me.

    Further I have yet to see any evidence that Helen Thomas hates Jews, she only seems to be anti-the State of Israel’s policies.

    Nope. No hatred in Juden Raus!!! (look it up).

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 6, 2010 @ 3:42 pm - June 6, 2010

  15. Please, gillie, provide evidence to back up your points.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — June 6, 2010 @ 3:47 pm - June 6, 2010

  16. As the saying goes, everything old is new again.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — June 6, 2010 @ 3:55 pm - June 6, 2010

  17. Hamas is denying the aid for more political theater, because what they really want is construction materials. Israel is not letting those materials in. So people are living in tents, unsanitary conditions and multiple families are packed small apartments.
    Hamas wants to highlight this, while Israel wants to sweep that fact under the rug and instead highlight wheelchairs.

    Again, gillie lies

    The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs has announced that it reached an agreement with the Israeli government by which the ‘Rachel Corrie’ would dock at Ashdod port, where it would unload the aid meant for Gaza and submit it to inspection, however the crew aboard the vessel refused.

    So, once again, Gillie’s lies are undone by reality.

    Comment by The_Livewire — June 6, 2010 @ 3:58 pm - June 6, 2010

  18. gillie can’t provide evidence, Dan. He jsut keeps lying and repeating the lies against Israel, mimicking the tactics mastered in Germany, 60 years ago.

    The only thing keeping those ‘poor oppressed people’ in Gaza are their overlords and fellow Muslims.

    Comment by The_Livewire — June 6, 2010 @ 4:02 pm - June 6, 2010

  19. I especially want answers on this one.

    John – I am not naive I understand that Hamas is a pack of lying murdering thugs – I have seen their brutality with my own eyes

    Really?

    So what was the situation?

    And more importantly, what did you do to stop it, gillie?

    I mean it. Tell us right now what went on and what you specifically did to stop these acts of brutality and stop Hamas from carrying them out.

    Because what we’re going to see real fast, in my estimation, is more of the typical blabbering liberal crapola in which they talk about how bad Hamas is, but refuse to raise a finger to stop them.

    Because, after all, if they talked back to Hamas, how long do you think people like gillie would survive?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — June 6, 2010 @ 5:52 pm - June 6, 2010

  20. Dan
    See below
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/03/hamas-flotilla-aid-israel

    and here:
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/hamas-blocking-entry-of-flotilla-aid-into-gaza-1.293943

    Comment by gillie — June 6, 2010 @ 6:30 pm - June 6, 2010

  21. Now Dan
    Please explain why Criticism of the policies of the state of Israel = Antisemitism

    Comment by gillie — June 6, 2010 @ 6:32 pm - June 6, 2010

  22. John – I am not naive I understand that Hamas is a pack of lying murdering thugs – I have seen their brutality with my own eyes – but they are in charge and putting blinders on is not going to change anything. Israel must begin working with them.,/blockquote>
    So you’d rather put “blinders” on by ignoring the attacks on Israel and assign blame on Israel because they defend themselves? Yeah, that’s not naive. /sarc

    Tell you what, let’s cut through the liberal kumbaya crap and talk specifics. What exactly do you believe Israel should do? Please spare me the usual line about negotiating with Hamas. They’ve offered to and the offer still stands but has been rejected Hamas. You cannot negotiate with someone who isn’t willing to.

    Comment by John — June 6, 2010 @ 7:38 pm - June 6, 2010

  23. Well, now the Revolutionary Guard from IRAN may be escorting the so-called Freedom Flotilla. This will not end well for anyone or any country, and could rapidly escalate to another major war with the use of nuclear weapons. Since I cannot know what is in someone’s heart, I cannot label others as anti-Semitic, however the language of those who blame “The Jews” certainly is anti-Semitic. The one-sided and biased reporting of the mainstream media is doing nothing but helping to inflame the situation. If Cuba was firing missles into Key West, what do you suppose the reaction of the US would be? The next time someone speaks to me in negative terms about Israel, I’m going ask a very simple question: Do you believe Israel has the right to exist as a sovereign Jewish state? That’s really the essence of the problem. If yes, then they have the right to self defense, including the blockade of Gaza. If not, then we ought to be guided by the wisdom of Helen Thomas.

    Comment by Roger Sherman — June 6, 2010 @ 7:47 pm - June 6, 2010

  24. Congratulations gillie,

    You linked to not one, but two articles citing that it’s Hamas denying supplies, not that ” Israel is not letting those materials in.”

    Once again, gillie links to something that shoots himself in the foot.

    Comment by The_Livewire — June 6, 2010 @ 8:48 pm - June 6, 2010

  25. Whatever Israel is, and I happen to think it is an aparteid regime, US politicians should not be forking over billions each year in borrowed money to this undemocratic country. I’d wager that, if surveyed, taxpayers would nix that crap right off.

    Comment by yoinkflotsam — June 6, 2010 @ 9:03 pm - June 6, 2010

  26. My question remains: How can you be pro-Palestinian and not pro-genocide?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 6, 2010 @ 9:16 pm - June 6, 2010

  27. Google mud brick houses in Gaza.
    They look great, and are good for 100 years!

    The Saudi’s and other Arab countries are very upset that this flotilla is happening.
    It shows that they cooperate with Israel every day to get approved supplies into Gaza.

    Hamas has steadfastly refused to adjust its charter away from the goal of the destruction of Israel.

    Ever read the Parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bble?
    An unbeliever (a Samaritan) was kinder to a beaten, robbed Jew than his own fellow Jews were.
    There’s a lesson in that for us, naturally.

    But were the story to be found in the Koran it would be filled with advice for the ROBBERS, including how to properly divvy up the booty.

    Comment by Nan G — June 6, 2010 @ 9:39 pm - June 6, 2010

  28. gillie has given his name to the voice of surrender in absentia that is the modern liberal deciding how to solve the problem known as Israel.

    Picture gillie as Pontius Pilate washing his hands of this Israel thing that is mucking up the “civil order” and tossing it to the locals for their brand of “resolution.”

    Ethics is not about life and death scenarios. None of us knows what we “should” do when the over loaded life boat is being swamped by others trying to board. Ethics is about maneuvering the smaller mazes of temptation in our daily lives.

    However, liberals have a need to solve big problems by fiat. Therefore, they post signs declaring schools as drug-free zones. They dream up rules of war for terrorists, rights for illegal aliens, and form a whole bunch of committees to declare what is a human right and what is politically incorrect and punishable as an outrage against the good of the state. They outlaw guns and go the extra mile to understand people who use guns in the commission of a felony.

    gillie is a utopian who, like Bernie Madoff, is convinced that the ends justify the means so long as the game is played according to his rules. After all, people begged Madoff to take their money. He was victimized by stupid, greedy people. Right?

    gillie is Helen Thomas in drag. It is not politically correct (yet) to be anti-semitic, so he favors dismantling Israel and letting the “annoying” people work out their places in the resulting status quo. Sort of like saying that more efficient crematoria would have saved a lot of needless misery at Dachau.

    The state of liberalism in America today is deplorable. It is all sloganeering and feel good chatter and disdain for those who ask the who, what, where, why, when, how and at what cost questions.

    Comment by heliotrope — June 7, 2010 @ 7:15 am - June 7, 2010

  29. A fun anecdote about the PLO and Arafat’s Honesty.

    “Because Arafat told him one little lie, and he divorced him! Arafat told him that he had nothing to do with the Karine A, and then Bush found out it was a lie. And he washed his hands of him, forevermore: froze him out. Everyone knows that Arafat lies. Everyone expects Arafat to lie. Everyone tolerates Arafat’s lies. But not Bush!”

    Comment by The_Livewire — June 7, 2010 @ 9:26 am - June 7, 2010

  30. Comment by yoinkflotsam — June 6, 2010 @ 9:03 pm – June 6, 2010

    If you’re talking about foreign aid, yes we usually grumble about this regardless of whom it goes to – especially during economic bad times. Yet support for Israel remains very high in the United States:

    http://www.pollingreport.com/israel.htm

    Comment by John — June 7, 2010 @ 10:20 am - June 7, 2010

  31. Which one are you, gillie? an idiot, or a crypto-nazi?

    Comment by The_Livewire — June 7, 2010 @ 1:18 pm - June 7, 2010

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