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Going Too Far

Israel’s deadly raid may mark tipping point in global opinion.

As the international outcry over a deadly Israeli commando attack on the Gaza aid flotilla builds, we may well be witnessing a watershed moment that turns international public opinion against the Israeli siege of Gaza and decades-long occupation of the Palestinian territories.

According to the UN, only a quarter of the supplies needed to meet Gaza's humanitarian needs are reaching the territory because of Israel’s three year-long blockade. Attempting to break the siege, the six-ship Gaza freedom flotilla sailed from Cyprus with 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid, including cement, water purification systems, prefabricated homes and electric wheelchairs. Among their passengers were a Nobel laureate, several European politicians and a Holocaust survivor.

Israeli authorities had vowed to stop the convoy but few expected the violence that erupted. Elite Israeli naval commandos descended from helicopters onto the decks of the Turkish Mavi Mamara 70 miles off the Israeli coast in international waters. Met with resistance from pipe and slingshot wielding aid workers and activists, the commandos opened fire with live ammunition killing between 10 and 19 people and wounding approximately 40 others.

Israeli authorities blamed the violence on the flotilla’s organizers for not heeding calls to turn back and claimed commandos only fired their weapons in self-defense. During the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza, Israeli settlers fought bitterly with Israeli police, swinging pipes and throwing acid from rooftops. Yet somehow the Israeli police were able to overcome them without resorting to deadly force.

Despite attempts to deflect responsibility, the widespread international condemnation of the violent raid suggests that Israeli authorities will finally be held to account for their actions.

The UK, China and Russia have called for Israel’s blockade of Gaza to be lifted, France and Spain condemned the raid as disproportionate, Greece cancelled joint military exercises with Israeli forces, Sweden, Denmark and Jordan have summoned their Israeli envoys to explain the attack while Egypt opened the Rafah crossing to Gaza under pressure from the Arab world.

It is believed that most of the dead activists and aid workers are Turkish nationals and the incident has done potentially irreparable damage to Israel’s vital relationship with Turkey, one of its only Muslim allies.

Despite international outrage, the Obama administration has given Israel a pass to play by its own rules. Saying the attempt to break the blockade was “Neither appropriate nor responsible,” the US called for Israel – rather than an impartial body - to carry out a full investigation. Summarizing the US position, an American official said of the Israeli account of events "We're the only ones who believe them.”

Two more boats are on their way to challenge the blockade in the coming days and the Irish government has urged Israel to allow the Irish-owned MV Rachel Corrie to reach Gaza. Meanwhile a top Israeli naval commander told the Jerusalem Post "Next time we'll use more force".

The deadly raid is only the most recent in a string of high profile embarrassing events for the Israeli government and military in the wake of the devastation of Gaza, including the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai by Mossad agents traveling on the forged passports of friendly countries, the announcement of illegal settlement expansion during a visit from Vice President Joe Biden, the refusal to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington out of fear that its own nuclear weapons stockpile would be scrutinized and the decision to ban acclaimed Jewish-American academic Noam Chomsky from entering the occupied West Bank to speak at a Palestinian university.

Though Israel’s apologists are out in full force, they will find it difficult to spin this PR nightmare. The attack against a humanitarian aid ship in international waters was so brazen and reckless that we may well look back on the event as a vital tipping point. If there was ever a moment to push back against the Israeli occupation it is now. More people are questioning Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians than ever before and those concerned with human rights and democracy must seize the opportunity to take action. Numerous emergency demonstrations to condemn the attack are planned in cities across the world.

 

—Blake Sifton


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Anonymous

While Israel's refusal to pander to white liberal hypocrisy is commendable, that is not what the game is about at this point. This behavior is not conducive to peace or security.

Anonymous

While Israel's refusal to pander to white liberal hypocrisy is commendable, that is not what the game is about at this point. This behavior is not conducive to peace or security.

RecycleIsraelFo...

So let's see if we can chart what "Israel's" patently predictable response will be to all this.

First, as per the protocols of the architects of Zionism: Massive denial. "We didn't do it - it's not true! Doubt yourselves! Doubt your own eyes! Doubt logic and the scientific principle. Doubt everything except for what WE tell you! The earth is flat."

Second: Immediately scapegoat someone else: "The rape victim is responsible for her rape. She made us rape her with that becoming dress and the way her hips show through that material - she really ought to cover up more... We had no choice. It's all her fault. She's a terrorist for making us rape her. (sob! moan! whimper!)

Third: Drag out the hackneyed canards from the hoary stable of Zionist dead horses and flog their skeletons to dust: "Anti-semitism!" and "The Holocaust(TM)!" and "This ancient feud" and "The world is scapegoating us that's why they wont let us rape people - they hate us!"

Fourth: Kill the messenger: "Goldstone? He's a terrorist. And an anti-semite - well fine, at the very least a 'self-hating Jew'. And he was employed by the Nazi's. He grew up with Hitler! He's friends with Dahmer! He shot Kennedy! Doubt everything. Doubt logic. You're getting sleeepy..."

Fifth: Replace that messenger with a more pro-rape messenger of our choosing: Krauthammer! Dershowitz. Pipes! Now those are good Jewish messengers. See how they come lap at our hand under the dinner table. That's a proper messenger. Someone to do our bidding in the media that we own and operate (and anyone who say's otherwise is clearly a Nazi - as per laws that we ram-rodded through legislatures all across Europe and America.) See how they reel out their jingoist pro-Israpel "articles" in "Newspapers" all across the land? That's what's called for in a good Zionist messenger. They will be getting a little extra in their holiday bonus or possibly a fourth home in "Israel" with a view of the Palestinian Concentration Camp they helped build.

Sixth: Shock and awe: In the very midst of international condemnation go out and casually continue committing more crimes against humanity by murdering more Palestinians, destroying more of their homes, annexing more of their land and maintaining a smug expression throughout. All for the sole purpose of shocking and awing the world into an ineffectual stupor. "Maybe if we just act like we're wearing a fancy new gown no one will have the balls to suggest we are actually naked. Plus they'll be too shocked and awed by the blood and entrails on our hands to even form words. Plus they might not want to get hit with the bone of a skeleton from the stable of our dead horses if they protest. Let's just try to repeat this for decades and see how far we can get."

Seventh: Cry like a baby. If all else fails - and even if it doesn't - cry. Wail. Keen. Ululate. Make gurgling noises. Anything to distract from the responsibility that is ours and that might stem the free flow of U.S tax dollars and bilked German and Swiss monies to our fraudulent colony. The shakedown must never end else the playing field be leveled and the great unwashed hordes come teeming through our manicured garden parties. Oh heavens no! God chose us. Yes US! Chosen. By god no less. The only god! Our God (TM).

Also the earth really is flat.

And there you have it. The seven, now highly predictable, principles of Zionist crisis management. The formula hatched in the minds of a few barbarously ill-minded Jews from Europe and employed for the lest sixty years to grave effect not only for the innocent victims of the Middle East but also the innocent victim of Judaism who's good name has been sullied by the bloody stain of Zionism and dragged through the gutter of colonialism - hijacked by the runaway train called "Israel" whose ongoing destruction is only as significant as the tracks laid before it in the form of acquiescence to the seven principles above.

Be green. Recycle.

RecycleIsraelFo...

So let's see if we can chart what "Israel's" patently predictable response will be to all this.

First, as per the protocols of the architects of Zionism: Massive denial. "We didn't do it - it's not true! Doubt yourselves! Doubt your own eyes! Doubt logic and the scientific principle. Doubt everything except for what WE tell you! The earth is flat."

Second: Immediately scapegoat someone else: "The rape victim is responsible for her rape. She made us rape her with that becoming dress and the way her hips show through that material - she really ought to cover up more... We had no choice. It's all her fault. She's a terrorist for making us rape her. (sob! moan! whimper!)

Third: Drag out the hackneyed canards from the hoary stable of Zionist dead horses and flog their skeletons to dust: "Anti-semitism!" and "The Holocaust(TM)!" and "This ancient feud" and "The world is scapegoating us that's why they wont let us rape people - they hate us!"

Fourth: Kill the messenger: "Goldstone? He's a terrorist. And an anti-semite - well fine, at the very least a 'self-hating Jew'. And he was employed by the Nazi's. He grew up with Hitler! He's friends with Dahmer! He shot Kennedy! Doubt everything. Doubt logic. You're getting sleeepy..."

Fifth: Replace that messenger with a more pro-rape messenger of our choosing: Krauthammer! Dershowitz. Pipes! Now those are good Jewish messengers. See how they come lap at our hand under the dinner table. That's a proper messenger. Someone to do our bidding in the media that we own and operate (and anyone who say's otherwise is clearly a Nazi - as per laws that we ram-rodded through legislatures all across Europe and America.) See how they reel out their jingoist pro-Israpel "articles" in "Newspapers" all across the land? That's what's called for in a good Zionist messenger. They will be getting a little extra in their holiday bonus or possibly a fourth home in "Israel" with a view of the Palestinian Concentration Camp they helped build.

Sixth: Shock and awe: In the very midst of international condemnation go out and casually continue committing more crimes against humanity by murdering more Palestinians, destroying more of their homes, annexing more of their land and maintaining a smug expression throughout. All for the sole purpose of shocking and awing the world into an ineffectual stupor. "Maybe if we just act like we're wearing a fancy new gown no one will have the balls to suggest we are actually naked. Plus they'll be too shocked and awed by the blood and entrails on our hands to even form words. Plus they might not want to get hit with the bone of a skeleton from the stable of our dead horses if they protest. Let's just try to repeat this for decades and see how far we can get."

Seventh: Cry like a baby. If all else fails - and even if it doesn't - cry. Wail. Keen. Ululate. Make gurgling noises. Anything to distract from the responsibility that is ours and that might stem the free flow of U.S tax dollars and bilked German and Swiss monies to our fraudulent colony. The shakedown must never end else the playing field be leveled and the great unwashed hordes come teeming through our manicured garden parties. Oh heavens no! God chose us. Yes US! Chosen. By god no less. The only god! Our God (TM).

Also the earth really is flat.

And there you have it. The seven, now highly predictable, principles of Zionist crisis management. The formula hatched in the minds of a few barbarously ill-minded Jews from Europe and employed for the lest sixty years to grave effect not only for the innocent victims of the Middle East but also the innocent victim of Judaism who's good name has been sullied by the bloody stain of Zionism and dragged through the gutter of colonialism - hijacked by the runaway train called "Israel" whose ongoing destruction is only as significant as the tracks laid before it in the form of acquiescence to the seven principles above.

Be green. Recycle.

Anonymous

Well you may not have passed the litmus test for intelligence if you think there's any credibility to the fraud of "Israel". Perhaps that's what's missing for you? The synaptic connections that make it possible for most people of even modest intelligence to clearly identify a perpetrator and a victim from the mountain of incontrovertible facts available to an average third grader with a computer and the motor skills necessary to operate a mouse.

Anonymous

Well you may not have passed the litmus test for intelligence if you think there's any credibility to the fraud of "Israel". Perhaps that's what's missing for you? The synaptic connections that make it possible for most people of even modest intelligence to clearly identify a perpetrator and a victim from the mountain of incontrovertible facts available to an average third grader with a computer and the motor skills necessary to operate a mouse.

Wannabe

All rats in a wheel brainwashed from birth into paranoid intolerance
pitted, one against the other, in a hell of their own devise
their castles made of sand slips into religious mayhem
for what?
Stand them nude on the savannah and play spot the moslem, jew, christian
Hand them each a stick and they will club one-another to death
if they can figure out who's who
for why?
They'll go down in screaming ignorant hell fire before they admit that they're all naked under those clothes.
Give nude a go.

Wannabe

All rats in a wheel brainwashed from birth into paranoid intolerance
pitted, one against the other, in a hell of their own devise
their castles made of sand slips into religious mayhem
for what?
Stand them nude on the savannah and play spot the moslem, jew, christian
Hand them each a stick and they will club one-another to death
if they can figure out who's who
for why?
They'll go down in screaming ignorant hell fire before they admit that they're all naked under those clothes.
Give nude a go.

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